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March 2015

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Saturday 18th April, Day trip to Oare Marshes.

Saturday 18th April, Day trip to Oare Marshes.

This lovely nature reserve in North Kent sits just across the Swale from the Isle of Sheppey. Of international importance for migratory, overwintering and breeding wetland birds, the reserve consists of grazing marsh (one of a few left in Kent) with freshwater dykes, open water scrapes, reedbed, saltmarsh and seawall.

Possible garganey, ruff, yellow wagtail, warblers, avocet, sand martin, bearded tit, kingfisher and marsh harrier. Good for passage migrants. Oare is good for close views of birds (esp. waders) & we usually see seals.

We will take the 09.07 (not the 08.52 as previously advertised) train from Victoria to Rainham. There is a bus replacement service between Rainham and Faversham, which will arrive at Faversham at 10.53. You will still need a return ticket to Faversham. From there we will take a local bus or shared taxis to Oare. No need to book. Bring lunch. Toilets at Faversham. Leader Andrew Peel. For reserve information go to:

Friday, 13 March 2015

Our next talk - "The Wildlife of Ethiopia - a Photographic Journey", 9th April.

Our next talk - "The Wildlife of Ethiopia - a Photographic Journey", 9th April.

Czech Conroy will present his photos of the varied and exciting birds (e.g. flamingos and bee-eaters) and mammals to be found in Ethiopia. Ethiopia is one of the top countries for birding, with well over 800 species recorded there, including 17 species of eagles and 8 types of vulture. It's located in the Horn of Africa and has 39 bird species that are only found in this region.

Ethiopia doesn't have the abundance of large mammals (elephants, lions, zebras etc) that are found in parts of East Africa and southern Africa, but it does have some species that are endemic to the Horn of Africa, such as the Ethiopian wolf and the Gelada monkey, and Czech will show us photos of these too.

Back to talk to us by popular demand, Czech is a member of our Group, an RSPB volunteer and a wildlife photographer. His career has been as an environmental campaigner, working mainly for Friends of the Earth, and as a much-travelled researcher and consultant on agricultural and rural development in Asia and Africa.

(Dr Darren Naish's talk, "Dinosaurs and Bird Evolution", will now be given at our meeting on 14th May.)

Venue: St. Columba's Church Hall, Pont St. London SW1. £4.00 RSPB members, £5.00 non-members.

Doors open for tea and biscuits at 6.15pm. Talk starts at 6.45pm
St Columba's Church Hall is the big, white stone Scottish church on the corner of Pont St and Lennox Gardens SW1, 3-4 minutes' walk from the back of Harrods.

Tube: Knightsbridge (Piccadilly Line) 5-8 mins' walk; Sloane Square (District & Circle Lines) 15 mins.

Bus: 9, 10, 52 (Knightsbridge); 14, 74, 414, C1 (Brompton Rd, passing Beauchamp Place, nearest stops are Knightsbridge/Harrods and Brompton Square); 19, 22, 137, 452, C1 (Sloane St, passing eastern end of Pont St).

Parking: some around the church (free after 18.30h). St Columba's is outside the congestion charge zone.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Changes to our April and May talks programme

Dr Darren Naish is unable to give his talk, "Dinosaurs and Bird Evolution", on the 9th April. He will now give this talk at our meeting on 14th May. Czech Conroy, was scheduled to talk on the 14th May. He has kindly agreed to bring his talk, "The Wildlife of Ethiopia: A Photographic Journey", forward to 9th April. Our talk on peregrines by Ed Drewitt is not affected and will take place as scheduled on 12th March.