Rochdale Field Naturalists have a varied programme of events. We have talks taking place from  September to April and coach trips, car trips, and walks throughout the year. We also carry out surveys and from time to time put on special events.

Talks take place at the Cutgate Baptist Church, next to the Cutgate shopping precinct on Edenfield Road, Rochdale OL11 5AQ. Doors open around 7.00 pm for a 7.30 pm start. Talks cost £2 for members, £3 for non-members. There is ample free parking at the shopping centre. See Map

Coach trips are usually on the second Saturday of the month. We meet at the cul-de-sac at the town center end of Old Manchester Road. OL11 4HY . See Map.

Departure time is usually 9.00am returning at 5.00pm in summer months or 4.00pm in winter. Coach trips cost £15 per person. Booking is essential.  Contact Ruth Hardcastle – Tel. No: 07970 948175 to book a place on the coach.

Car trips are usually on the fourth Saturday of the month and walks on the third Thursday. These meet at 10.00 am also at the Old Manchester Road or at the location of the event.

Click here for our  Programme for 2017/8

Everyone is welcome.

Show and Chat about Recording Evening

Show and Chat about Recording Evening

Mar 23, 7:30pm - Mar 23, 9:30pm

Riddiough Court, Whitworth

To all RFNS members – especially those of you who are in the Observers’ group.
You are cordially invited to come together for a:-
Show and Chat about Recording.
Friday March 23rd 7.30 to 9.30pm
at Riddiough Court, Whitworth.
It will be totally informal with easy chairs and some light refreshments & I promise you it won’t be techie!
Do you want to know more about what happens to your records,
- how we store them
- use them and
- prepare feedback for you?
This is an opportunity for us to explain why we do certain things in a particular way.
Do you have questions and suggestions to improve what we do?

As the scope of our recording increases we will have to manage new situations in a responsible way.
It may also open your eyes to how much the Recording Team – Karen Cowley, Sheila Simpson and Pamela Jackson - do on your behalf.
Please contact Karen Cowley if you would like to attend so that we can best manage the numbers, provide enough refreshments and send you directions to the room we have booked. Please contact

Would you like to join the RFNS writing team?
Either to write up an occasional trip report or prepare a Press Release (once or twice per year)? Help is available.
If so, please have a word with Pam Crofts, the Publicity Team Leader (, or Karen Cowley, Records Co-ordinator (

Car Trip:- Tandle Hill Country Park

Car Trip:- Tandle Hill Country Park

Mar 24, 10:00am - Mar 24, 3:00pm

Tandle Hill Country Park
Tandle Hill road
Royton,   Map

With the Spring Equinox having occurred on March 20th we will be looking for signs of Spring on this trip, assuming Spring is arriving by then!!
We are planning to lead a walk of about 4.5 miles around the Tandle hill area. Starting at the car park on Tandle Hill Road we'll explore the farm land to the north and west of Tandle Hill, crossing the A627M and having lunch in the grounds of St John Thornham Church. We'll then make our way back to the country park, skirting around the Stake Hill industrial estate and coming back to the park from the south, where we will explore the area of scrub. We'll then move into the woods and up to the monument before returning to the cars.
Meet at 10.00am at the Manchester Old Road cul-de-sac Rochdale OL11 4HY for lifts and car sharing, otherwise at 10.15am at the car park.
This is a free event. Please wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear. Bring a packed lunch and a drink.
Leaders:- Pat & Maggie Culkin (Tel:- 01706 350132)

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