Thursday, 21 April 2016
May 2016 Newsletter
30 years ago (26th April 1986 to be precise) an explosion and fire at Reactor 4 of the nuclear power plant at Chernobyl released large quantities of radioactive material into the environment. The area with the highest levels of contamination, now known as the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, occupies some 4,200 square kilometres across the border of Ukraine and Belarus and required the permanent evacuation of 116,000 people. This has, in effect, created a unique nature reserveand recent studies using techniques such as helicopter tracking and the placement of movement-activated camera traps have indicated that nature has reclaimed the space. More...
Saturday, 16 April 2016
Bird and Birdsong Day at Knole
At the invitation of the National Trust, volunteers from the Group again led two walks from the entrance to Knole House, around the adjacent park. Despite the cold weather, with wind and showers, 25 intrepid visitors of all ages joined us as we explored a range of habitats, including canopy trees, scrub and open grassland. More...
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Monday, 4 July 2016
Whitley forest, report by Anne McGregor
It would appear that anyone hoping for good views of Nightjars should have accompanied me on a recce 4 nights earlier. In the event we did hear a Nightjar which was spotted by just one member of the group. Even my double handkerchief whirling failed to deliver further sightings [male Nightjars have white wing flashes and are said to respond to a waved white handkerchief during their territorial display flights - ed]. More...
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