Thursday, 3 April 2014
Swift Conservation by Edward Meyer
Edward Meyer began a fascinating presentation by detailing the differences between swifts, swallow and martins, all species which migrate to the UK for the summer months. Swifts have been found in fossil form very similar to today's species, clearly a successful evolution, defying many instances of climate change. More...
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...
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Sunday, 13 July 2014
Minibus trip to Rutland Water
Having visited Rutland Water with Jane, in July last year and had excellent views of a pair of Ospreys with their recently fledged offspring, it seemed like a good venue for a minibus trip.Although Rutland Water is a very large and interesting reserve, one of the main attractions is of course, the breeding Ospreys. So, with the bus booked and arrangements made with the Wildlife Trust for our group to visit, I became a bit concerned when contacting the reserve to be told that although a pair of Osprey had adopted the nest at Manton Bay, for the first time in many years, the nest had failed.I continued to follow the story on the Osprey Project website, hoping that we may still get some decent views. My worries were compounded when with a few days to go, the weather forecast for the day was for heavy rain. Low and behold, we duly travelled up from Sevenoaks in very heavy intermittent showers, with John and Chris doing a sterling job at the wheel. More...
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