Phoenix Group

RSPB Phoenix Group

This is a group run for 13 to 18 year olds in conjunction with the RSPB. The aim is to bring nature to life by having fun with lots of hands on activities.

Events take place in and around the Field Centre (unless otherwise indicated) on the last Saturday of the month from 10.00 till 14.00 and costs just £3.00 each session per person.

In order to take part young people must be registered with SBBOT. Please e-mail to register your interest and request registration forms. Events will be limited to 20 young people so please contact us as soon as possible.

Each meeting will follow a similar pattern. We will get to know the area by going to different places. Including visits to the ringing room, when weather permits, to observe the ringing process, learn identification tips and aging criteria, also examine any interesting moths that may have been caught the previous night.

Dates for 2018  Theme and more information
 January 27th

Big Garden Birdwatch.

Take part in the RSPB’s citizen survey, log our sightings and learn how to attract more birds to our gardens.

February 24th

Make a Bug-box combination home for your garden.

Attract ladybirds, lacewings, solitary bees and butterflies.

March 31st

All change!

Off with the winter visitors and welcome the summer breeders. Walk the Estate to find which birds are on the move and also visit the Ringing room.

April 28th

How old is that hedge?

Survey hedgerows and trees. What makes a wildlife friendly hedgerow?

May 26th

Betteshanger Country Park.

Meet at 10am in their car park. We will be looking for fossils, plants, birds and photography.

June 30th

Hunting for bugs.

Find the most unusual. What do they eat? Who eats them? Possible pond dipping.

July 28th

Beach clean & survey of organisms there.

How did Sandwich Bay form and where does the flint come from?

August 18th *

Practical Conservation task on the Estate.

Find out why this is such an important task for the coming season.

September 29th

Looking for small mammals with Pam Worrell (Kent Mammal Group).

In addition you are welcome to join us on Friday night looking for bats.

October 27th

Mushrooms & toadstools with local expert Martin Newcombe.


November 24th

Feeding birds in winter and make your own fat balls or cakes.

What do insect-eating birds feed on in winter?


*Please note the August meeting is the 3rd Saturday of the month.

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RSPB contact details

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