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

With winter having (only just) gone, our coach visit to Titchfield Haven, shared with RSPB Stevenage Local Group, was conducted in pleasant spring temperatures, although we had to contend with patchy rain in the afternoon. Spring migration was still slow, but we did manage to see willow warbler, a handful of swallows and common and sandwich terns during our visit and some waders (including both bar-tailed and black-tailed godwits) were passing through. Winter visitors (most notably up to 60 turnstones) were still hanging on and a few avocets were on the reserve. Black-headed gulls dominated the lagoons, but we also saw a few Mediterranean gulls here. The mammal highlight of the trip was a water vole, which spent hours feeding and posing for all and sundry a few yards away from one of the hides! Also seen were roe and fallow deer, slow worm and a red admiral butterfly. In the afternoon some of us had good views of a distant great white egret, whilst marsh harriers were seen on a number of occasions. On the way home ring-necked parakeets, a sand martin and various red kites were seen by those who managed to stay awake!

To view our trip list (74 species) click on the following link.

Coach Trip to Titchfield Haven

 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).