Friday, 23 November 2018


Welcome to the website of Risborough Countryside Group. We meet once a month on the first Tuesday of the month at 8pm, excluding January and summertime, in Princes Risborough Community Centre, Carrington Room.

We often have a Friday morning walk, a week or two after the monthly meetings. These walks take us to local woodlands and nature reserves, where we amble at a leisurely pace through the countryside, stopping frequently to listen to birds, look at plants and fungi, and to identify species that we see on our journey.

The evening meetings involve a slideshow, looking at images of wildlife, plants and landscapes that people have seen on their holidays, or with talks from local representatives from the RSPB or other wildlife groups. The slide show is followed by tea, coffee, and a raffle.

The group is run by Francis Gomme, who says, "Now that winter has finally arrived it was interesting to note today that many of the hedgerows out towards Longwick and Ilmer, and beyond to Haddenham were alive with Redwings and Fieldfares, plundering the wild berries and fruit. Large flocks of Skylarks have also been reported on arable fields and Crossbills in local parks. However, the numerous Waxwings that have arrived in northern England have yet to reach the Chilterns. Huge numbers of Starlings are roosting again this year at Otmoor but weather conditions do not always guarantee big displays as they arrive. Still, dry and clear afternoons are often more likely to encourage murmurations".  15.12.18