Phoenix Group

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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 email to register your interest and request registration forms. Events will be limited to 20 young people so please contact us as soon as possible.

Group Leaders Ivonne Cutt and Peter Dean are first aid trained and CRB checked and covered by the RSPB’s insurance and support unit. If you would like to talk to someone about the way your group is run and how you are treated please call the RSPB on 0800 9178566 open between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday to speak to someone, there is an answerphone at all other times.

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.

Saturday 25 January

Practical conservation on the Estate – equipment provided. This is also the weekend of the RSPB’s citizen survey Garden Birdwatch.

Saturday 29 February

A guided tour around Monk’s Wall reserve with SBBOT’s chairman, Ken Chapman. Wellies are advisable. Meet at the reserve car park at 10.15am. The entrance to the reserve is EAST of the Sandwich by-pass (A256), just short of where Monk’s Way, (the road that curves round to the south of Discovery Park), joins the A256. Approaching the A256 roundabout, there is a ramp down to the left. Map ref: TR327 596. Please contact the Field Centre if you have difficulty with this.

Saturday 28 March

Owls and raptors with John Buckingham

Saturday 25 April

What makes a bird so special? How feathers are essential to them and learn how ornithologists can gather information from them. Why do birds moult?

Saturday 30 May

Making an area wet! How and why the RSPB have improved the fields around the Worth marshes. RSPB Charlotte Pestell will join us.

Saturday 27 June


Saturday 25 July

Moths and butterflies. Check the previous night’s moth trap with Warden, Steffan Walton.

Saturday 22 August

Beach clean. Help to keep our seas free of man-made litter and survey what items have been discarded.

Saturday 26 September

To be confirmed.

Saturday 31 October

Mushrooms & toadstools with local expert Martin Newcombe

Saturday 28 November

Why do soils matter and how can they affect climate change?

December No meeting.

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