Thursday, 5 February 2015
Brian Nobbs - Birdwatching in Trinidad, Tobago & St. Lucia
Trinidad & Tobago are the southernmost pair of islands in the Caribbean and comprise one of the world's smallest states. Trinidad was once part of the South American mainland and sits on the continental shelf, now 7 miles off the Venezuelan coast. As you would expect, the birds are typically South American, and some wetland birds like the impressive Scarlet Ibis commute from their feeding grounds in the Orinoco delta to roost in the mangroves of the Caroni Swamp, providing a spectacular sight. Tobago is 19 miles NE of Trinidad and is part of a sunken mountain chain, related to the continent. St. Lucia is a volcanic island, part of the Lesser Antilles chain, which all originated as submarine volcanoes. More...
Thursday, 8 January 2015
Adrian Thomas - 'Once more unto the breach'
The Group was treated to an excellent presentation by Adrian Thomas, a Project Leader with the RSPB, concerning the new Medmerry RSPB Reserve at Bracklesham Bay. Adrian was responsible for liaising with the Environment Agency and local residents to develop a scheme designed to prevent coastal flooding near Pagham. A large village was in great danger from storm fluxes of sea water, and the residents needed convincing that coastal re-alignment rather than the construction of huge concrete walls was a more long term option to their safety. More...
Thursday, 1 January 2015
January 2015 Newsletter
It is traditional at this time of year to reflect on the past year and look forward to the next. We had a good variety of indoor and outdoor meetings, most of which are recorded on our website, and as well as the holiday in Lesbos, which was reported in the last Newsletter, there were minibus trips to Rutland Water in July, and to Titchfield Haven in October, both of which appear in this issue.Download the PDF file for the full colour Newsletter. More...
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Thursday, 19 February 2015
Dungeness RSPB Reserve led by Nick Barlow
With some very welcome new faces joining some of our regulars, we had an excellent turn-out. A pleasant day; although a very strong south-westerly wind kept some birds down and made us very grateful for the shelter of the hides. We had some great highlights as we often do at Dungeness, although our total of 43 species was the lowest I can remember. More...
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