News archive

November 2005

Wednesday, 30 November 2005

Young man looking through binoculars

Donation to RSPB

The Group has recently donated 1000 of surplus funds to assist the creation of stone curlew nesting plots by farmers in the Berkshire Downs and South Chilterns. This should help increase the breeding numbers and range of these rare birds.
A thank you letter from Helen Datson, the Society's Senior Fundraising Officer, informed us that the project has performed well this year with 14 pairs of stone curlew reported (12 of which were breeding) and a record roost count of 31 birds!

Tuesday, 29 November 2005

Male merlin perched on mossy hummock, Shetland Isles

Autumn Trip to the Isle of Man

Later than our normal Autumn trip time, mid November saw the group taking a long weekend on the Isle of Man. A rather choppy crossing was followed by a 4 night stay in Douglas. Weather was fantastic for the time of year, some really clear cloudless days. Birding highlights were the Choughs, including a group of five seen feeding on the beach right next to the bus, and the Hen Harrier roosts. Two evenings saw us watching the spectacle of around two dozen Hen Harriers coming in from all angles, mostly ring-tails but a fair number of adult males as well. Somewhere different, and well worth a visit.