See the foot of the page for some of our previous fun activities...
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2024 Programme

With apologies for the delayed launch - here is the programme of events for the Sandwich Bay RSPB Wildlife Explorers and RSPB Phoenix Groups for the rest of the year. Before we detail what is planned for each month, we wanted to take the opportunity to provide a bit of info that may be of use:

  • We do intend at some stage in the future to run separate Wildlife Explorer (WEX) and Phoenix (older young people) groups. This will enable us to invite in more children to join our WEX group and also to provide our Phoenix Group with more challenging and wider ranging activities. The limiting factor on this is adult volunteers – so if you are interested or know anyone who might be please do encourage them to contact Angela at the email address at the foot of the programme. Absolutely no expertise is needed – just an enthusiasm for spending 4-5 hours a month helping young people enjoy nature.
  • We will venture outside in every session. REGARDLESS of weather! So please make sure your young person is supplied with coats, waterproofs, wellies, sun hats, sun creams etc. We usually eat lunch while out so a lunch box and drink in, ideally, a rucksack is perfect (and allows hands free for binoculars and cameras!).
  • These RSPB WEX/Phoenix sessions are based at Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory and most of the leaders and assistant leaders are involved with the Obs and have been for some time. The Bird Observatory has some great events ongoing all year – for both adults, families, and young people.

Angela, Simon, Maisie, Ivan

 

January 27th, 2024

@Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory

RSPB Garden Birdwatch

Feathers

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February 24th, 2024

@Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory

Signs of spring.

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March 29th, 2024

@Stodmarsh NNR (Access track is signposted and adjacent to Red Lion PH, Stodmarsh Village CT3 4BA)

Spring Bird song and calls.

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April 27th, 2024

@Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory

Swifts – why they are awesome and how to see more of them with Nik Mitchell.

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May 25th, 2024

@Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory

Moths – why they are important and how to see and record them by moth trapping.

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June 29th, 2024

@Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory

Damsels and Dragons with the Assistant Warden, Greg Lee

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July 27th, 2024

@Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory

Butterflies (and other insects) – how many butterfly species can we record?

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August 25th, 2024

@Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory

More details to follow – a likely Sunday date to coincide with other events going on at the Bird Observatory!

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September 28th, 2024

@Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory

Fungi with a Fun Guy!

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October 26th, 2024

@Pegwell Bay National Nature Reserve. From A256 CT12 5JB

More details to follow but we plan to be joining Birdwise Team East Kent in a battle to identify more bird species than our bitter rivals in North Kent.

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November 30th, 2024

@Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory

Wildlife preparing for winter survival.

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December – no meeting!!

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Our group of nature loving, wildlife watching, budding birders and keen conservationists, is one of the many RSPB youth groups who work together to connect young people to nature. All our sessions provide exciting first hand experiences of nature, games and craft activities. We meet the last Saturday of the month. every month (except at Christmas!) at Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory Field Centre.
The sessions, suitable for 8 to 12 year olds, start at 10am, finish at 2pm and only cost £3. Members need to bring their own lunch, a change of clothes for wet weather and sturdy walking shoes.
We track animals in the fields and woods, go scavenging on the beach and use our great binoculars to identify some of the many species of birds at Sandwich Bay. If you enjoy walking, bug hunting, pond dipping, exploring and learning about wildlife and creating with arts and crafts, you will love Wildlife Explorers.

The Saturday RSPB Wildlife Explorers and Phoenix Crew has a great session out at the Bay on the last Saturday of July where the focus was on insects. They used sweep nets and pooters (suction devices to temporarily catch and examine insects) and found and identified a wide range of insects including about 6 species of ladybird (one of which was a 22 spotted), a wide range of butterflies, some fascinating shield bugs and a cool pink form of meadow grasshopper. 

Please get in touch with our education team via info@sbbot.org.uk or angela.weaving@rspb.org.uk for more info or to sign up.

Find a copy of our consent form HERE.

Our policy regarding the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults is particularly important as young or vulnerable people's safety is of paramount importance to us. If you have any concerns at all PLEASE speak to our staff in confidence.

All our policies and procedures are available on request.

Please click the RSPB logo to the left to find contact details for the RSPB, should you have any concerns that you wish to raise with them.

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