Many of us know of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), but did you know that there are hundreds of groups, around the country who encourage those interested in birds and wildlife, to get together and help give nature a home?
Our local group (RSPB Crawley and Horsham) was founded back in 1978 and over the years has become a hub for nature-lovers, through their interesting talks, mid-week walks and exciting outings.
“Our indoor meetings consist of excellent illustrated digital talks covering locations renowned for their wide-ranging variety of birds and animals, giving the audience a taste of both exotic locations and venues closer to home,” Group Leader, Andrea Saxton said.
“Our mid-week walks centre around reserves and countryside near to Crawley and Horsham and give our members the opportunity to see and learn about our wonderful native and visiting wildlife. Local residents are welcome to join us on our walks and attend any of our indoor meetings.”
Meeting in The Friary Hall, Crawley, on the third Wednesday evening of each month (September – April), the group’s sixty members also enjoy raising funds for the RSPB’s many conservation schemes through sales and raffles.
This year, will see members – old and new alike – be entertained by a packed programme of events!
“For 2016 we already have a full and varied programme and will be having a four-day group outing to Norfolk in October,” Andrea adds. “We try to organise a group outing once a year and regularly attract twelve to sixteen members who enjoy visiting reserves further afield and the companionship this generates over the three-night stay in a hotel.”
“Our local RSPB group provides an opportunity for everyone to enjoy our wonderful wildlife in the company of others who share in their love of nature. Come along and join the group and see for yourself!”
To find out more about the RSPB Visit www.rspb.org.uk/groups/crawley or call Andrea on 01403 242218.