Every August, Woodbridge RSPB local group organises the Havergate Adventure, a guided walk on the island to look at birds. Since it started in 1987 it has raised over £60,000 for the society.
Group leader Paul Hetherington says it’s mainly about people having an experience which brings them closer nature. Birds are part of an environment, everything is connected. If you don’t have voles, you don’t have owls. If you don’t have mice, you don’t have buzzards. If you don’t have insects, you don’t have swifts, swallows and martins.” In this way, the RSPB is not just about birds but protecting the wider environment, and the local groups provide opportunities for people who are not just interested in birds, but in nature generally to meet up and share experiences. Meetings and trips are open to everyone, RSPB members and nonmembers alike. To find a local group visit rspb. org.uk