Discover more nature where you are with an RSPB local group – Dorking & District. With more than 130 adult and youth groups across the UK, the RSPB is helping to make a difference in our local communities. For many, these volunteer-led groups are the face and voice of the RSPB and can be an essential force in the fight to save nature.

Local groups for local people
Run exclusively by people like you, the volunteer-led local group network extends from Guernsey to Inverness and from Essex to Fermanagh. There are currently over 130 of these enthusiastic groups flying the flag for the RSPB, bringing people together and making a difference for nature wherever they live.

So, what do local groups actually do?
Here are a few things you may not know about our local groups…

  • Since they began in 1969 local groups have raised over £25 million for the RSPB and continue to add to this total every year.
  • These groups don’t just raise money for the RSPB’s vital conservation work – they get on with it themselves too, installing nest boxes, doing surveys and even creating new habitat by managing land in collaboration with local councils and other landowners.
  • You certainly don’t need to be a bird expert to join a local group. Many groups run special social events for beginners and all are welcome on a variety of group outings, whether exploring the local area or enjoying an organised coach trip to a nature reserve.

For many, joining a group is a great way to meet people and make new friends. It’s a chance to learn more about birds and nature, but also to share your own knowledge – and have fun!

Connection to nature is proven to improve wellbeing and some local groups run nature-themed walks in conjunction with the NHS social prescribing service while other groups run regular walks for carers, giving them a well-earned break.

RSPB Dorking and District local group covers the local area including Epsom, Ashtead, Leatherhead, Bookham, Cobham and the Horsleys. We have regular walks and meetings in person and online to provide the chance to learn more in a friendly way.  Check out our activities on Facebook @Dorking RSPB, Instagaram (rspb_dorking) or our website: https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/groups/dorkinganddistrict/.

Saturday 22nd June. WWT Arundel, 10am start
Mill Road, Arundel BN18 9PB Take Mill Road from Arundel town, north of the river & follow brown duck signs to the reserve. what3words:///bless.bowls.blogging Leader TBA. Parking is free & entrance free for WWT members or £14.45 adults with gift aid. Toilets & a cafe on site. There is an interesting section of captive world birds to explore. The wild birds should include sand martins, sedge & reed warblers and lapwings. It’s a good time of year to spot kingfishers and the white-tailed sea eagle may put in an appearance. After lunch in the reserve we will carry on to The Burgh, parking at The George at Burpham BN18 9RR for a hilly walk to look for more raptors

Wednesday 26th June Leechpool Woods, Horsham, 10am start
Leechpool Woods Car Park on the B2195, Harwood Road, opposite Manor Fields road. Postcode of nearby houses is RH13 6SG. what3words:///trails.newest.stream There is a Leechpool & Owlbeech car park too. Don’t go there! Leader Marilyn. Leechpool is an ancient woodland & we will also walk round Owlbeech which is restored heathland. Expect a mixture of woodland & heathland birds This is not a long walk so there will be an option to visit Warnham nature reserve in the afternoon. No facilities at the Leechpool car park but Warnham has toilets & a small cafe

Wednesday 10th July, Knepp Rewilding Estate, 11:30am start
Swallows Lane, Dial Post, Horsham RH13 8NN. Park at the walkers car park. what3words///runners.pickle.stickers Leader Derrick Tel 07753 719170. Voluntary £5 donation for parking. Toilets are near the kitchen & shop (where you can also park temporarily). The farm shop now has a click & collect service for estate meats. There will be storks with young and summer migrants and lots of other butterflies on the way to the purple emperor sites.

Saturday 13th July RSPB Farnham Heath, 10am start
The Reeds Road, Tilford,Farnham GU10 2DL The reserve is behind the Rural Life Living Museum. Park to the rear of their carpark what3words:///laser.difficult.rent Leader Glenn 07483 848837. The parking is free. There are no facilities but the museum has toilets and a good cafe A lovely heathland walk, looking for resident Dartford warblers, tree pipits and woodlarks.

For booking (required to manage numbers) and further details on the events above please visit the website here, alternatively email us at rspbdorking@gmail.com.

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