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October 2017

Thursday, 12 October 2017

'Icebound' a talk on an Antarctic commission by top wildlife artist Darren Rees

'Icebound' a talk on an Antarctic commission by top wildlife artist Darren Rees

His book Ice Bound documents his journey in the far south with a collection of over 150 sketches, watercolour and acrylic paintings executed in situ. Darren's illustrated talk tells us more of his methods, encounters and experiences in the far south.

Born in Hampshire in 1961, Darren studied Mathematics at Southampton University teaching the subject for a short time before pursuing painting full time. As an artist he is self-taught. For over thirty years his highly original work has attracted an array of awards including BirdWatch Artist of the Year, Natural World Fine Art Award, RSPB Fine Art Award, and BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year. His first solo book Bird Impressions was a runner up in the Natural History Book of the Year Award.

He has travelled far and wide as an artist and naturalist guide for Speyside Wildlife, taking groups to diverse destinations: from the Arctic to the Amazon.

Darren serves on the council of the Society of Wildlife Artists in London and he has been a contributing artist to the Artists for Nature Foundation/WWF projects in Holland, Poland, Peru and Ecuador.

His new book Ice Bound will be available if you wish to buy a signed copy.

Everyone welcome No need to book You are most welcome to bring friends.

Price: There is an entrance fee of £4 (RSPB members & RSPB Central London Local Group members) or £5 (non-members). Free for under-18s & students (NUS).

Doors open 6.15 pm. Tea, coffee & biscuits available before the talk. Talk starts at 6.45pm.

How to find us:
Easy to get to (near Harrods). Tube: Knightsbridge (Piccadilly Line) 6 mins' walk; Sloane Sq (District & Circle Lines) 15 mins.
Bus: 9, 10, 52 (Knightsbridge); 14, 74, 414, C1 (Brompton Rd); 19, 22, 137, 452, C1 (Sloane St).
Parking: some around the church: free after 18:30h. (We are outside the congestion zone.)

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Coach trip to Hook-with-Warsash, Hampshire

Coach trip to Hook-with-Warsash, Hampshire

This nature reserve covers 500 acres divided by the village of Warsash. There are woodland and wetland habitats as well as a shingle shore and intertidal flats.

There is a possibility of seeing rare grebes, brent geese, wigeon, teal, pintail, red-breasted merganser, golden plover, black-tailed godwit, greenshank, turnstone, kingfisher, peregrine, rock pipit, Dartford warbler, and with some luck bearded tit.

Booking is essential. For further information contact James Aylward on 07974 351548, or email See our events page for more information.

Paid up Central London Local Group members £20.00, non-members £22.00.

Meet on the Embankment near the riverside entrance to the Underground Station. The coach leaves at 8am sharp - best to arrive a little earlier.