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

We were again joined by our friends from RSPB Stevenage Local Group on 15 October as we visited Holkham and Wells, on the North Norfolk coast. The coach was almost full for this very popular autumn trip, in which we are dropped off at Holkham and then make our way (eventually) to Wells, where we are picked up for the return journey. The 'shirtsleeves' weather made for perfect walking conditions, although the prevailing westerly winds of the previous few weeks meant that drift migrants from the continent were few and far between. Nevertheless we had a terrific day of birdwatching, racking up an impressive total of 88 bird species seen on the day. Highlights included a juvenile osprey, that had taken up residence in the grounds of Holkham Hall, at least two great white egrets, a jack snipe (flushed on the saltmarsh), a merlin and a Mediterranean gull in winter plumage. Several gannets, a flock of common scoters and a few red-throated divers passed by at sea and the wintering pink-footed geese were very active. Visible 'in off the sea' migration of flocks of starlings and, perhaps surprisingly, chaffinches was much in evidence. Predictably in this warm weather several butterfly species (including wall brown) and dragonflies were still on the wing whilst, in addition to the red and sika deer in the grounds of Holkham Hall, muntjac deer and grey seals were also seen.

To view our trip list click on the following link.

Holkham and Wells Sightings

 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).