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 2018 will be £14.00 and each coach trip will cost £15.50. 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

On a bright but still very windy day we joined our friends from Stevenage Local Group on a day trip to the excellent RSPB Frampton Marsh reserve, just south of Boston in Lincolnshire. As luck would have it we were joined by another RSPB Local Group from Nottingham there, so we had lots of pairs of eyes to find all those rarities! As it happened the long-billed dowitcher, an American wader that had been present on the reserve since August 2018 but had not been seen for three days, eventually 'gave itself up' and a good number of our members were able to add it to their lists. The wind was keeping raptors (owls in particular) grounded, but we did manage to see hen harrier, merlin and peregrine (the latter devouring an unlucky wigeon!). Notable waders included spotted redshank, knot and ruff. Corn bunting and tree sparrows were seen and there were excellent views of house sparrows, goldfinches and other common passerines at the visitor centre bird feeders. All in all we had an excellent day, which was reflected in a trip list of 82 bird species.

Our programme of events for the current 2018-19 season can be accessed as a PDF file by clicking on the following link:

Local Group Programme 2018-19 

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).