The Gallery at RSPB Geltsdale will feature a new exhibition from 25th October, showing original artwork by Barry Robson from the children’s wildlife books ‘Kitty the Toon’ and ‘Screamer the Swift’.
Local author and naturalist John Miles has teamed up with illustrator Barry Robson to create a series of children’s books which explore the lives of British birds.
The Alston Wildife Group visited Geltsdale on Saturday to see the visible migration in action over the visitor centre at Stagsike (photo - Fiona Knox). We are in the Tyne Gap, a recognised low level route for birds crossing the country. The hill to the south of the visitor centre act as a barrier concentrating the movement of birds over the garden. The weather was perfect that morning with a light westerly wind, there was always something passing overhead. The bulk of the activity was from finches and the most numerous species was chaffinch, with smaller numbers of greenfinch, goldfinch, redpoll and linnet. The first few redwings of the winter were the first of larger numbers that will be passing over the next few weeks. The two skeins of pink-footed geese were spectacular in the clear sky as were the large flock of lapwings against the background of a rainbow. Other species moving included golden plover, woodpigeon, mistle thrush, meadow pipit, grey wagtail, pied wagtail, jackdaw, starling and reed bunting.
Other recent sightings of note were a red kite during last week and several red admiral butterflies out in the warmer spells. Some summer visitors are still present, wheatear and swallow at a couple of locations and a singing chiffchaff at Stagsike.
Following on from the success of our event at the beginning of the year, the Border Astronomical Society will be hosting a second sky watch event at RSPB Geltsdale. Both society members and the general public are welcome to attend.
If cloud obscures or restricts the viewing on the night a presentation will be used to illustrate what is visible in the sky at the time of year.
Participants are advised to wear warm clothing and strong footwear.
There is an event charge of £2 for RSPB and BAS members, £4 for non-members and £2 for children.
To book your place please contact the reserve on 016977 46717.
RSPB Geltsdale was awarded Dark Sky Discovery status in 2013 with the support of the North Pennines ANOB.