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.

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