Lincoln Local Group

Events

You can download a printable version of the 2024 programme of events Here and a booking form for the 2024 field trips by coach Here.

You do not need to be a member of the RSPB or have any great knowledge of birds to join our events, everyone is welcome. Coach outings and weekend holidays must be booked in advance. Nature reserve facilities are shown as follows: C = Café, H = Hides, NT = Nature Trail, S = Shop, VC = Visitor Centre, WC = Toilets.


February 2024

Sunday 4
BIRDWATCHING FOR ALL
A free guided walk at Hartsholme Country Park and Swanholme Lakes Local Nature Reserve. Meet outside the visitor centre in Hartsholme Country Park, Skellingthorpe Road, Lincoln at 10.30 am. The walk involves walking on tracks which can be muddy at times so please wear suitable footwear. Walks take approximately 2 hours but participants are welcome to leave the group at any point.

INDOOR MEETING The State of Nature in the UK by Steve Lovell. Steve is a professional tour guide and lecturer who lives in Lincoln. To sponsor this meeting please email info@lincolnrspb.org.uk or contact any committee member. 7.30 pm in the Robert Hardy Building, Bishop Grosseteste University, Longdales Road, Lincoln LN1 3DY. Admission charge for RSPB members and students £4, for members of the public £5, please pay on the door.

Sunday 25
FIELD TRIP
to RSPB Blacktoft Sands, Yorkshire. A good time to visit as both Marsh and Hen Harriers hunt on the reserve by day in the winter. There is also a large flock of Tree Sparrows and plenty of wildfowl on the lagoons. Coach leaves Lincoln 8.30 am. Leaves reserve 4.30 pm. Adults £25. H, NT. VC, WC.
Important information: Blacktoft Sands was closed last week due to tidal flooding. It re-opened on Tuesday so the trip will go ahead as normal on Sunday. Most of the reserve is now accessible, however, it may be advisable to take welly boots if you have them.


March 2024

Sunday 3
BIRDWATCHING FOR ALL
A free guided walk at Hartsholme Country Park and Swanholme Lakes Local Nature Reserve. Meet outside the visitor centre in Hartsholme Country Park, Skellingthorpe Road, Lincoln at 10.30 am. The walk involves walking on tracks which can be muddy at times so please wear suitable footwear. Walks take approximately 2 hours but participants are welcome to leave the group at any point.

Thursday 7
INDOOR MEETING
Birds, Beasts and Bugs of The Bog by Alasdair McKee. Alasdair is the RSPB’s Local Groups’ Officer for this area. Sponsored by London Camera Exchange, Lincoln. 7.30 pm in the Robert Hardy Building, Bishop Grosseteste University, Longdales Road, Lincoln LN1 3DY. Admission charge for RSPB members and students £4, for members of the public £5, please pay on the door.

Sunday 24
FIELD TRIP
to RSPB Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk. Summer migrants such as Wheatears, and Sand Martins will be arriving. Spotted Redshank and other waders visit the lagoons at this time of the year. Coach leaves Lincoln 8 am. Leaves reserve 5 pm. Adults £34. C, H, NT, S, VC, WC.


April 2024

Sunday 7
BIRDWATCHING FOR ALL
A free guided walk at Hartsholme Country Park and Swanholme Lakes Local Nature Reserve. Meet outside the visitor centre in Hartsholme Country Park, Skellingthorpe Road, Lincoln at 10.30 am. The walk involves walking on tracks which can be muddy at times so please wear suitable footwear. Walks take approximately 2 hours but participants are welcome to leave the group at any point.

Thursday 11
INDOOR MEETING
Lammergeiers of the Spanish Pyrenees by Ashley Grove. Sponsored by Michael Carter Travel. 7.30 pm in the Robert Hardy Building, Bishop Grosseteste University, Longdales Road, Lincoln LN1 3DY. Admission charge for RSPB members and students £4, for members of the public £5, please pay on the door.

Sunday 28
FIELD TRIP
to RSPB St Aidans, Yorkshire. A stronghold for Black-necked Grebes. The reserve also has a good variety of reedbed warblers and wildfowl. Coach leaves Lincoln 8 am. Leaves reserve 4.30 pm. Adults £30. C, NT, WC.


May 2024

Sunday 5
BIRDWATCHING FOR ALL
A free guided walk at Hartsholme Country Park and Swanholme Lakes Local Nature Reserve. Meet outside the visitor centre in Hartsholme Country Park, Skellingthorpe Road, Lincoln at 10.30 am. The walk involves walking on tracks which can be muddy at times so please wear suitable footwear. Walks take approximately 2 hours but participants are welcome to leave the group at any point.

Thursday 9
INDOOR MEETING
It’s a Wonderful World - Look and You Will See: Panama Part 1 - In Search of the Blue Cotinga by Mike Catchpole. To sponsor this meeting please email info@lincolnrspb.org.uk or contact any committee member. 7.30 pm in the Robert Hardy Building, Bishop Grosseteste University, Longdales Road, Lincoln LN1 3DY. Admission charge for RSPB members and students £4, for members of the public £5, please pay on the door.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING The Group’s AGM will be held at 9 pm following the talk and a short break. Free admission from 8.45 pm for people only attending the AGM.

Sunday 19
FIELD TRIP
to RSPB Bempton Cliffs, Yorkshire. The cliffs are packed with seabirds at this time of the year. Coach leaves Lincoln 8 am. Leaves reserve 5 pm. Adults £27. C, NT, S, VC, WC.

Tuesday 21 to Friday 24
FOUR DAYS in WALES
visiting RSPB Conwy, RSPB Ynys-hir & Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust Dyfi Osprey Project, RSPB South Stack and RSPB Burton Mere. The cost of £325 per person in a double or twin room or £385 in a single room includes all coach travel and three nights half board at The Royal Goat Hotel, Beddgelert. Cancellation insurance is not included. To book a place on this holiday, please complete the Booking Form and forward it to holidays@lincolnrspb.org.uk


June 2024

Sunday 2
BIRDWATCHING FOR ALL
A free guided walk at Hartsholme Country Park and Swanholme Lakes Local Nature Reserve. Meet outside the visitor centre in Hartsholme Country Park, Skellingthorpe Road, Lincoln at 10.30 am. The walk involves walking on tracks which can be muddy at times so please wear suitable footwear. Walks take approximately 2 hours but participants are welcome to leave the group at any point.

Sunday 16
FIELD TRIP
to Norfolk Wildlife Trust Weeting Heath. Weeting Heath is the best site in the country to watch the rare and unusual Stone Curlew and is home to Crossbills and Little Owls. Coach leaves Lincoln 8 am. Leaves reserve 5 pm. Adults £35. Deduct £4.50 from the price if you are a member of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust. H, NT, S, VC, WC.


July 2024

Sunday 7
Birdwatching For All
A free guided walk at Hartsholme Country Park and Swanholme Lakes Local Nature Reserve. Meet outside the visitor centre in Hartsholme Country Park, Skellingthorpe Road, Lincoln at 10.30 am. The walk involves walking on tracks which can be muddy at times so please wear suitable footwear. Walks take approximately 2 hours but participants are welcome to leave the group at any point.

12 - 14
GLOBAL BIRDFAIR
at Rutland Showground. Visit Global Birdfair for details.

Date to be advised
NIGHTJARS at Sherwood Forest
. Date, time and location to be advised.


August 2024

Sunday 4
BIRDWATCHING FOR ALL
A free guided walk at Hartsholme Country Park and Swanholme Lakes Local Nature Reserve. Meet outside the visitor centre in Hartsholme Country Park, Skellingthorpe Road, Lincoln at 10.30 am. The walk involves walking on tracks which can be muddy at times so please wear suitable footwear. Walks take approximately 2 hours but participants are welcome to leave the group at any point.

Sunday 18
FIELD TRIP
to Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Spurn Nature Reserve. Coach leaves Lincoln 8 am. Leaves reserve 5 pm. Adults £29. C, H, NT, S, VC, WC.


September 2024

Sunday 1
BIRDWATCHING FOR ALL A free guided walk at Hartsholme Country Park and Swanholme Lakes Local Nature Reserve. Meet outside the visitor centre in Hartsholme Country Park, Skellingthorpe Road, Lincoln at 10.30 am. The walk involves walking on tracks which can be muddy at times so please wear suitable footwear. Walks take approximately 2 hours but participants are welcome to leave the group at any point.

Thursday 12
INDOOR MEETING.
Crossing Boundaries – a unique story of birds and people on the high seas of Iraq. by Rolf Williams. Rolf served in the Royal Navy. Join him in a dramatic story of unfolding human and wildlife drama in the dangerous waters of the North Arabian Gulf. Sponsored by a Group Member. 7.30 pm in the Robert Hardy Building, Bishop Grosseteste University, Longdales Road, Lincoln LN1 3DY. Admission charge for RSPB members and students £4, for members of the public £5, please pay on the door.

Sunday 15
FIELD TRIP
to RSPB Saltholme, Teeside. Migrant waders should be arriving at this time of the year. Coach leaves Lincoln 7.30 am. Leaves reserve 5 pm. Adults £34. C, H, NT, S, VC, WC.


October 2024

Sunday 6
BIRDWATCHING FOR ALL
A free guided walk at Hartsholme Country Park and Swanholme Lakes Local Nature Reserve. Meet outside the visitor centre in Hartsholme Country Park, Skellingthorpe Road, Lincoln at 10.30 am. The walk involves walking on tracks which can be muddy at times so please wear suitable footwear. Walks take approximately 2 hours but participants are welcome to leave the group at any point.

Date to be advised
NATIONAL AGM AND MEMBERS’ DAY.
See the winter issue of The RSPB Magazine for date and time or visit rspb.org.uk for details.

Thursday 10
INDOOR MEETING.
The Galapagos and Rainforest of Ecuador by Gianpiero Ferrari, FRPS. Sponsored by a Group Member. 7.30 pm in the Robert Hardy Building, Bishop Grosseteste University, Longdales Road, Lincoln LN1 3DY. Admission charge for RSPB members and students £4, for members of the public £5, please pay on the door.

Sunday 13
FIELD TRIP
to BC&N WT Summer Leys, Northamptonshire. This is ideal habitat for wintering birds: Goosander, Wigeon and Gadwall reach nationally important numbers, joined by large numbers of roosting Lapwing and Golden Plover.  Coach leaves Lincoln 8 am. Leaves reserve 5 pm. Adults £28. C, H, NT, S, VC, WC.


November 2024

Sunday 3
BIRDWATCHING FOR ALL
A free guided walk at Hartsholme Country Park and Swanholme Lakes Local Nature Reserve. Meet outside the visitor centre in Hartsholme Country Park, Skellingthorpe Road, Lincoln at 10.30 am. The walk involves walking on tracks which can be muddy at times so please wear suitable footwear. Walks take approximately 2 hours but participants are welcome to leave the group at any point.

Thursday 14
INDOOR MEETING.
RSPB’s Work on the Humber by Pete Short. Pete is the site manager for RSPB Blacktoft Sands. Sponsored by Just Audi VW. 7.30 pm in the Robert Hardy Building, Bishop Grosseteste University, Longdales Road, Lincoln LN1 3DY. Admission charge for RSPB members and students £4, for members of the public £5, please pay on the door.

Sunday 17
FIELD TRIP
to WWT Welney, Norfolk. A nature reserve with 12 hides which give good views of 60 or more bird species in winter months. Coach leaves Lincoln 8 am. Leaves reserve 4.30 pm. Adults £33. Deduct £8 from the price if you are a member of the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust. C, H, NT, S, VC, WC.


December 2024

Sunday 1
BIRDWATCHING FOR ALL
A free guided walk at Hartsholme Country Park and Swanholme Lakes Local Nature Reserve. Meet outside the visitor centre in Hartsholme Country Park, Skellingthorpe Road, Lincoln at 10.30 am. The walk involves walking on tracks which can be muddy at times so please wear suitable footwear. Walks take approximately 2 hours but participants are welcome to leave the group at any point.

Thursday 12
INDOOR MEETING.
End of the Year Show. Details available in September. Sponsored by a Group Member. 7.30 pm in the Robert Hardy Building, Bishop Grosseteste University, Longdales Road, Lincoln LN1 3DY. Admission charge for RSPB members and students £4, for members of the public £5, please pay on the door.

Sunday 15
FIELD TRIP
to Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust Gibraltar Point, Lincolnshire. A local reserve where thousands of ducks gather on the freshwater scrapes in winter. Coach leaves Lincoln 9 am. Leaves reserve at 4 pm. Adults £22. C, H, NT, S, VC, WC.


Programme Archive

Programmes from 2010 to the present year are available on Dropbox. You do not need a Dropbox account to view them.

To view a list of events from previous programmes since the Group's formation in 1974 click on the following link: Programme Archive If you are aware of any events missing from the list please let us know.

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