Thursday, 6 March 2014
The RSPB's Natural Secrets by Peter Holden MBE
This was a special indoor meeting which illustrated the RSPB's commitment to conservation of all forms of wildlife. Peter has been passionate about birds and wildlife for as long as he can remember, joining the RSPB staff in 1969, and devising the popular Big Garden Birdwatch. Peter's activities are dedicated to taking the magic of wildlife to new audiences. Over the years he ran the RSPB's junior membership, advised Blue Peter, worked with Bill Oddie, contributed to Springwatch and has written more than a dozen natural history books. More...
Thursday, 6 February 2014
Origin and Evolution of Birds - a talk by Dr. Timothy Seller.
Tim presented a fascinating insight into how birds are thought to have evolved from dinosaurs. Archaeopteryx is probably the best known fossil showing recognisable features of a bird, found in the Solhnofen Lithographic Limestone of southern Germany in 1860. However, recently discovered fossils from Liaoning in north-east China are adding considerably to our knowledge, and also raising interesting questions. More...
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Monday, 10 February 2014
Dungeness RSPB Reserve, led by Nick Barlow
A cracking day! - Good birds, good company, and so lucky to have decent weather.We met at the Visitor Centre where we were made welcome and given useful advice about recent sightings. We started at Denis's hide with a Great White Egret hunting by the reeds. There were many ducks: 5 female 'red-head' Smew , a female Goosander, and 3 Goldeneye (1 male) gave good views among the Shoveler, Pochard, Tufted Duck and others. A Black-necked Grebe moving quickly along the far side of Burrowes pit was a little more difficult, but eventually everyone had some sort of view. More...
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