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February 2014

Friday, 28 February 2014

Birds Without Borders project

Birds Without Borders project

Many of our migrant birds are in trouble. Some species have declined by a staggering 93 per cent over the last 40 years. We need to find out the reasons and work with partners to help save them.

In the UK, we have already made progress on work for our summer visitors. But 'our' migrant birds are, on average, here for just four months of the year. If we only looked at what is happening to migratory birds in that space of time, if that was the only time we cared about them, we would be missing the bigger picture.
These birds recognise no borders. By protecting birds on migration and by contributing to the vital research of our dedicated conservationists here in the UK and in Africa we can help prevent the loss of our summer migrants.

You can play a part in this story by donating whatever you can afford today to save these birds for future generations. Chris Packham, naturalist and TV presenter, is behind our campaign to save our migrants.

We need to improve our knowledge of the routes taken by our migratory birds once they leave the UK. We can really only do this by tracking birds - the information this gives us is extremely valuable.
We need to work with partners in the rest of Europe and Africa to understand threats our migrants face throughout their lifecycle, and then take actions to save them.

Our work will stretch across continents, and forge new partnerships to tackle these thorny and difficult issues before it's too late. By protecting birds on migration and by contributing to the vital research of our dedicated conservationists here in the UK and in Africa, we can all help prevent the loss of our summer migrants.

Your donation today will help us fund more scientists to find vital information about the birds we all love and allow us to create and protect important breeding habitats. Once we know what they need to survive, we can ensure we protect them.

Follow the link for more information and to donate to the campaign.

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Thorney Island preview

Thorney Island preview

We are grateful to Thornham Marina who have agreed to allow us to park our coach in their car park, handily close to the Boaters Bar and Diner where hot food and drinks are available all day, and you may meet some interesting local characters. The paths were mostly good, although very muddy and requiring care in some places. There were a few large puddles to negotiate. It was all passable in walking boots although some people might prefer to wear wellies.

There is a mix of habitats here - mudflats, rough grassland, reedbeds and scrub. Part of the island is owned by the MOD and there is an airfield on the south end, where access is restricted, with the public allowed only to walk around the coast path. The church at West Thorney proved an excellent lunch spot with views across the harbour to the South Downs, where the sunlit grandstand of Goodwood racecourse shone white in the distance. It was from here that we had sightings of great northern diver and Slavonian grebe. There have been recent sightings of long-tailed duck and owls are always a possibility.

See you there, Graeme Hutchinson

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Our next talk - Thursday 13th February

Our next talk - Thursday 13th February

Turkey's diverse wildlife reflects its role as a geographic bridge between three continents, but it also contains a remarkable number of endemic species - more than 30% of its species of flowers are found nowhere else on earth. In his third talk to the Group Martin will talk about the remarkably rich wildlife found in Turkey. Expect a wide range of birds, flowers, butterflies, dragonflies and other wildlife, viewed against the backdrop of some extraordinary landscapes.

Venue: St.Columba's Church Hall, Pont St. SW1X 0BD. Doors open 6.15pm. RSPB members £4.00, non-members £5.00.