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September 2014

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

September and October News 2014

September and October News 2014

Our indoor season of events gets under way at "The Settlement" on 5 September with a talk by the RSPBs Conor Jameson, an award winning nature writer who brings to the group his own unique story of the elusive Goshawk. Our first coach trip of the season (21 September) takes us to RSPB Dungeness and Dungeness NNR. The RSPBs oldest reserve occupies the largest shingle formation of its kind in Europe and is home to rare plants, insects and amphibians together with a great selection of birds. As usual we will spend a couple of hours at Dungeness village before we return, looking for passage migrants, gulls and terns at "The Patch" as well as the black redstarts which often frequent the power station. Stevenage LG will accompany us on this visit.

In October Phil and Ann Farrer make a welcome return to "The Settlement" on the 3rd to give us a talk entitled "Mongolia, Steppe and Desert", in which they will be talking about the birds that live in these vast barren lands of Asia. Our coach trip on the 19th will be to the popular haunt to Holkham and Wells on the North Norfolk coast. This area offers participants first-class bird-watching opportunities, as winter visitors arrive and passage migrants linger in perfect habitat. If an easterly wind is blowing we may see 100+ species today! There will be the opportunity to walk from Holkham to Wells, from where the coach will depart for the return journey.

Finally, please note that we have regrettably had to postpone the talk by Alan Davies and Ruth Miller ("The Biggest Twitch") on 7 November. Details of a replacement talk will be posted on the web site as soon as they are available.