RSPB Lancaster Local Group celebrates the wonder of bird migration

Annabel Rushton

Friday 5 April 2019

The RSPB Lancaster Local Group are hosting one of the RSPB’s longest serving staff members in Halton on Wednesday 17 April, and the public are invited to his talk entitled ‘Birds without Borders’, a presentation using some of the latest research findings on bird migration and illustrated with his own photographs from around the world.


The speaker, Peter Holden MBE has authored or co-authored more than a dozen books which have together sold more than a million copies. In the past Peter has joined Bill Oddie to present the BBC TV series, Bird in the Nest, and he runs courses on birds and wildlife for Cambridge University’s Institute of Continuous Learning at Madingley Hall.


The event will take place on 17 April at The Centre in Halton, beginning at 7.30pm.  Entry donation is £3 (£2 for group members).


Valerie Hall, Chair of the RSPB Lancaster Local Group said: “Peter Holden is something of a legend within RSPB circles and his presentations are always hugely entertaining and informative. We would encourage anyone with an interest in wildlife to come along whether or not they are a member of the RSPB. Everyone is very welcome!”


In advance of his visit, Peter Holden said: “I am very much looking forward to visiting Halton. I will be illustrating how birds and other animals navigate across land and sea, and will be revealing some of the incredible journeys they make every year. This is an exciting time because so much new information is suddenly becoming available due to satellite tracking and other technology. I have also been fortunate to visit many of the countries that feature in my talk and I enjoy using my own photos to bring to life some of these amazing creatures. There is also a concern that so many of these birds are now declining rapidly, especially those that spend the winter in Africa.”


Peter has also posed some teasers for members of the audience:

  • Which bird experiences more daylight than any other living creature?
  • How high in the sky do migrating birds travel?
  • How far can birds fly without stopping?
  • Where might that blackbird in your garden go in winter?
  • Why is the sound of the Turtle Dove disappearing from the British countryside?


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