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...
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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Wednesday, 2 April 2014
Oare Marshes, Kent
On our last trip here, in October 2013, we were lucky enough to have excellent views of the Spotted Crake and rather less good views of a Red-necked Grebe: today was less exciting; however we had a total of 47 species. On this day of major pollution warnings, with our own pollution being increased by that coming from the continent together with dust from the Sahara, there was a smog-like haze visible even here at Oare. The prevailing gentle breeze from the SE gave way to a very uncomfortable E wind as the tide came in: chilly, despite the sunshine. More...
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