Say “Yes”




Let’s keep in touch on your terms

“Saying yes will keep you in touch with everything you love about the RSPB’s work and our cause” says RSPB Chief Executive Mike Clarke

The RSPB has a fantastic track record of achieving amazing results for nature. And we couldn’t do this without the tremendous support given and actions taken by our members and supporters. This includes you, our fantastic Local Group members. Together, we do great things for nature.

Now we’re asking our members and supporters to “Say Yes to the RSPB” and opt in to hearing from us on their terms. It’s about them having more control over their relationship with us. It’s about strengthening our connection.

We need existing members and supporters to opt in before May 2018 (when new rules come into effect) and give their express permission for us to contact them. If they don’t, we won’t be able to keep in touch directly about our work and developments, about getting involved, and about supporting the RSPB in other ways – for example, through volunteering, supporting an appeal or taking part in an activity or campaign. We will be able only to contact those people about their membership and/or in their existing role as a volunteer.

As a member of a Local Group, your support is invaluable to the RSPB.We’d love you to “Say Yes” and tell us how you want to hear from us in the future. Were we unable to contact you or ask for your help when nature needs it, our ability to work for nature would be greatly diminished.

If you’re an RSPB member and receive winter’s Nature’s Home, make sure you read the letter from Mike and make your opt-in choices online, via our dedicated phone line or by filling in and returning the paper form. If you’ve already made your choices, thanks very much.

If you aren’t a member, as an active supporter you can make your opt-in choices now. Go to or call 0300 777 2610 (open Monday-Friday, 9am-8pm, calls charged at standard rate). Please also help us by encouraging family and friends who are RSPB members or supporters to make their choices too.

The passion and commitment of our members and supporters keeps the RSPB going in our work for nature. Saying “Yes” will keep us strong. And please do the same for all those other nature conservation charities you might support. We need to stay together to help save nature.

Thank you!

Photo credit: Kingfisher Yes image by Andy Astbury/Fotolia

Fawley Power Station redevelopment

Currently, a series of public exhibitions are taking place on the proposal by Fawley Waterside Ltd to redevelop the Fawley Power Station site – today (Thursday 28 September 2017) at St Francis Church, Langley and on Friday and Saturday (29/30 September 2017) at Jubilee Hall, Fawley (all 2 pm to 8 pm).

It is proposed to create a new community of 1500 homes and “up to 2000 jobs”, as well as creating a marina/dock which can take boats up to 2000 tons.  It is recognised that the site is in, or borders, two SPAs, a SSSI and Ramsar designated site and ecological assessments have been made and mitigation measures proposed for replacing or creating habitat for birds, plants and wildlife.  There are also measures to try to reduce human (and dog) activity along the foreshore.  One may wish to question whether the mitigation is sufficient and whether it would work as suggested.

The redevelopment team will be at the exhibitions to answer questions, but if you cannot get to an exhibition, you can review the presentation by downloading the Public Exhibitions LeafletThere is no planning application listed on New Forest District Council’s website yet, but full details of the application should appear there shortly.

Portland and Lodmoor

Disappointingly, only 5 people turned out for what proved to be an exciting field trip to Portland.  On the Bill there were wheatears and meadow pipits everywhere you looked, but only a single yellow wagtail found.  The start at Portland was a very obliging buff-breasted sandpiper.  A quick glimpse of the wryneck was all that was obtained, and then only by one person.  A stop at Lodmoor on the way back yielded a least sandpiper, great white egret, and marsh harrier, with very distant views of a stilt sandpiper.  Read the full read on the RSPB national site by clicking HERE.


Field trips

Disappointingly, we chose the one day over a two week period when it rained all day for our annual trip to Warsash and Hook Spit.  Four people braved the weather and turned up, although they were reluctant to vacate their vehicles and it was decided that as the forecast was for the weather to worsen, we would abandon the walk.

Don’t forget our next walk is on 14 September 2017 when we will be heading down to Portland Bill to see if there is anything unusual turning up on the autumn migration.  Usually, a good trip even if migrants are thin on the ground.  Please car share if possible – contact through the Contact Us form if you need or can offer a lift.  We will meet at Cheyne Weares car park at 10.00 am (SY 693 705).

Our last Indoor Meet of the 2016/17 season will be on Wednesday 13 September at 7.30 at Lyndhurst Community Centre, when Gordon Small will be giving an illustrated talk of the wildlife of Finland.  Also, a good time to arrange your car sharing for Portland.

New Forest Winter Bird Survey

Volunteer surveyors are needed to help with the New Forest Winter Bird Survey.  The survey is particularly designed to monitor the numbers of hen harriers and great grey shrikes over wintering in the New Forest, but also counts winter thrushes and other resident and migratory species.

If you are interested in taking part, please please via the Contact Us form and you message will be forwarded to the survey coordinator.

Butterfly Walk cancelled

The Met Office forecast for Wednesday 2 August 2017 now suggests it will be very overcast with a 50% chance of rain from 9.00 am, with the probability of rain increasing throughout the morning.  In these conditions, we are very unlikely to see butterflies.  Additionally, it would appear that this season butterflies emerged early and are now much less abundant than they were a month ago.

Hence, we are cancelling the 2 August walk at Denny Wood.  WE look forward to seeing you again in September after the summer break.

Summer BBQ – Saturday 17 June 2017

The RSPB New Forest Local Group Summer BBQ will be held at Anderwood BBQ site on Saturday 17 June 2017.The BBQ will be lit and ready to use by 6.30 pm.  ;Please bring your own food and drink, disposable plates and cutlery will be available.  A donation of about £3 per person would be appreciated to cover costs.  If you play a musical instrument, why not bring it along and provide us with some entertainment.

At about 8.45 pm the intention is to head to Goatspen Plain car park to listen for, and hopefully see, some nightjar.

Pete Durnell at Lyndhurst

Local wildlife sites manager, Pete Durnell of Hampshire County Council will be speaking to the RSPB New Forest Local Group on the subject of “Wildlife in Common” at Lyndhurst Community Centre on Wednesday 14 June 2017.  All are welcome, doors open at 7.00 pm, meeting starts 7.30 pm.  Entrance £2 for local group members and their guests, £3.50 for others.