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! Following a wretched winter we had perfect warm, sunny weather for our coach trip to The New Forest. Despite a few hiccups getting there and back we had over five hours in the area of Beaulieu Road Station to explore the heathland, woodland and marshes of this magnificent National Park. We were able to enjoy sightings of some of the special birds (woodlark, tree pipit, hobby and redstart) of this part of the world, together with an excellent supporting cast of insects (including common blue and small heath butterflies as well as broad-bodied and four-spotted chaser dragonflies). A newly arrived spotted flycatcher was seen by some and marsh tits were also seen in the woodland. Unfortunately Dartford warblers proved to be elusive, but at least we did better than the gentleman who had spent the whole day in one location waiting for honey buzzards that hadn't shown up! In addition to the birds we also found a wood mouse and several fallow deer.

To view our trip list (52 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 

and our programme of events for the forthcoming 2018-19 season can now be accessed using the following link:

Local Group Programme 2018-19 

We have recently (April 2018) produced a new newsletter, which can be accessed using the link below:

Newsletter April 2018

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).