The Society holds monthly indoor meetings for most of the year. Usually these are organised for the first Friday of each month. They are typically illustrated talks featuring a prominent local or national speaker.
Indoor meeting start at 20:00 at the Quaker Meeting House, 82 Rainsford Road, Chelmsford CM1 2QL.
Entrance for Members is £3.00, Non-members £4.00, charged on the door. Refreshments served during interval. Meetings start at 20:00 unless stated otherwise (i.e. AGM in March - 19:30). ‘Free’ car parking on site or one minute away next to the County Hotel.
ALASKA BIRDS and WILDLIFE
ALASKA BIRDS and WILDLIFE – Dr Samantha Franks, a research Ecologist with the BTO, entertains us with the fabulous species to be found in the largest state in America. More than twice the size of Texas! Horned & Tufted Puffin, Divers & Bald Eagle all feature in the mountains, glaciers & temperate forests.
The Society organises two kinds of field trips, local trips where members arrange their own transport to meet at the venue and join a communal outing and coach trips to locations further afield. For more details and to reserve coach seats, phone Gerry Johnson on 07775 663166 (after 19:00).
All Coach trips commence from Trinity Church (opposite the County Hotel) at 07:15 for 07:30, unless stated otherwise, with pick-ups at Shenfield High School at 07:45 and Oak P.H. Grays at 08:00 or Swan P.H. Stanway at 08:00, depending on the direction on the day. There is a large ’free‘ car park next to County Hotel in Chelmsford.
Coach trips cost £20.00-£22.00 each, subject to destination. Accompanied juniors travel ‘free’. An entrance charge applies to some venues and reserves for non-members of RSPB, WWT, Wildlife Trusts, etc. To avoid disappointing anyone on a waiting list, non-attended coach bookings, without 24hrs cancellation notice, will incur the full trip cost.
For non-coach trips, meet at the venue car park at 09:00.
DUNGENESS RSPB RESERVE
DUNGENESS RSPB RESERVE – This unique habitat of shingle protrudes into the English Channel and is often the ‘hot spot’ for migrants along the Kent coast – gulls, warblers, chats, grebe and divers are just a few of the species that can be seen on migration. Shenfield & Grays pick-up as required.