The RSPB Hitchin and Letchworth Local Group (which covers Royston) is run by volunteers for people who are interested in birds and nature conservation.

I am Group Leader for the RSPB Hitchin and Letchworth Local Group. Our indoor meetings are held (usually) on the first Friday of the month at "The Settlement", Nevells Road, Letchworth SG6 4UB, commencing at 7.30pm between September and May. Each meeting incorporates a talk from a highly respected speaker: almost invariably these talks are of a very high quality. Additionally we run coach trips, usually on the 3rd Sunday of the month, to reserves and areas of high birdwatching interest in East Anglia, the South East and the Midlands. Our Annual Subscription for adults from September 2017 will be £14.00 and each coach trip will cost £15.00. Meetings are open to non-members: visitors to indoor meetings will be admitted on payment of a £3.00 fee. We are involved with raising money for the RSPB in a variety of other ways. The Group's web site, sponsored by the RSPB, gives details of our activities: click on the following link to find out what we've been up to!

RSPB Hitchin and Letchworth Local Group web site

Latest Field Trip

At last the winter weather was kind to us for our February joint (with the Stevenage Local Group) coach trip to RSPB Pulborough Brooks reserve in West Sussex. We had light winds, no significant precipitation and the weather was relatively mild compared with that seen in recent weeks. Pulborough's current star bird, a tiny, rare, over-wintering Temminck's stint, was seen by all from West Mead hide and we were able to enjoy pleasant woodland walking and viewing across the flooded meadows towards the River Arun, where hundreds of wigeon, teal, shoveller and pintail ducks as well as around 400 black-tailed godwits were feeding and 'loafing'. Treecreeper, nuthatch and even a lesser-spotted woodpecker (seen by a few lucky people) were amongst the woodland highlights and mammals seen included fallow deer, stoat, wood mouse and fox.

To view our trip list (67 species) click on the following link.

 Our programme of events for the 2017-18 season can be accessed as a PDF file by clicking on the following link:

Local Group Programme 2017-18 

Our most recent newsletter (April 2017) can also be accessed electronically, using the link below:

Newsletter April 2017

and finally you can find out more about the RSPB by visiting their web site:

RSPB Main Website

The RSPB is a registered charity (no 207076).