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 let down by the weather for our first coach trip of 2018, to RSPB Fen Drayton and WWT Welney on Sunday 21 January. Our two hour walk at Fen Drayton in driving sleet and (wet) snow yielded a good selection of wildfowl, but many of the birds and other wildlife were, quite reasonably, keeping a low profile as they sheltered from the weather. Fen Drayton has no facilities, so we were very grateful to get to Welney, with its centrally heated main hide and warm and welcoming café! A few of us ventured out to the nearest two 'outdoor' hides, but many were content to stay in the (relative) warmth and watch the 'Feeding of the Swans'. By the time we left the driving snow had turned to driving rain! This was definitely not a day for finding 'rarities' or compiling a huge bird list (although we ended up seeing a respectable 69 bird species). Nevertheless we all put up with the poor weather with great fortitude, much good humour and a 'we shall overcome' attitude that says a lot about our members' determination to have an enjoyable day out, whatever the weather!

To view our trip list click on the following link.

Fen Drayton and Welney 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).