CEO to go

After nine years as Chief Executive Officer of RSPB, Mike Clarke has announced that he will be standing down over the next year and will work with the chairman to affect a smooth transition in recruiting a new CEO.  Mike still has great commitment to RSPB and will continue as a member and volunteer of the organisation.

RSPB New Forest Local Group Membership

The RSPB has changed its banking arrangements and our account has been moved from the Co-operative Bank to Lloyds plc.  Hence, if you pay the annual RSPB New Forest Local Group subscription by Standing Order, you will need to cancel the old standing order and set up a new one.  If you do not yet pay by standing order, the details below will help you set one up.

Subscriptions become due on 1 October each year and following the decision made at the May 2018 AGM, the rates have increased to £8.00 p.a. for individual memberships and £14.00 for joint memberships.  The following details are needed to set up a new standing order:
Account name: RSPB New Forest Local Group
   Sort code: 30 90 79
   A/C no:  34019060
   Reference: [your full name]
   Payment date: 1 October
   Frequency: annually

If you do not use Internet Banking and/or need help setting up a new standing order, please contact the Membership Secretary who has some  forms that can be used.

It will still be possible to pay your subscription by cheque payable to RSPB New Forest Local Group or at indoors meetings with cash.  However, we would like to encourage you to consider paying by Standing Order.

Future Forest

The New Forest National Park Authority together with Natural England, HCC, NFDC, Forestry Commission and New Forest Verderers has launched a consultation on how to:

  • Protect the landscape and its wildlife
  • Manage recreation for residents and visitors
  • Use resources wisely.

The consultation, which began in June, will run until 12 August 2018.

Have your say by completing the online survey at:, or request a printed survey from .

Franchises Lodge Appeal

The RSPB has launched an appeal to support the acquisition and development of their first New Forest reserve at Franchises Lodge. You can donate to the appeal by going to:

There is now a dedicated email address to contact the Franchises Lodge team: this address:

  • if you want to volunteer
  • to find out the variety of ways you can help
  • find out about events
  • if you are interested in working with the Franchises Lodge team

England vs Keyhaven

If you can’t bear to watch England vs Columbia live on TV this evening, join us at Keyhaven for an evening walk around the marshes followed by refreshment at the Gun Inn – we will try to get back before the kitchen closes at 9.00 for those who would like supper.  The walk starts at 6.30 pm, officially from the Gun Inn car park, but most people will assemble on the sea-wall by Keyhaven Harbour.  You don’t have to be a RSPB New Forest  Local Group or even RSPB member to join us, just turn up.  A small voluntary donation tot he Local Group from non-members is welcomed.

Summer BBQ

Don’t forget our summer social BBQ is on Saturday 16 June 2018 at the Anderwood BBQ near Lyndhurst.  Start 6.30, BBQ should already be hot and ready to go.  Bring food, booze, musical instrument and £3 towards the cost of hiring the site.  At around 9.00 we’ll head up to Goatspen Plain to look for nightjar and other birds and beasts – insect repellent strongly recommended.  All welcome – bring friends and family.