News archive

December 2017

Saturday, 2 December 2017

October and November News 2017

October and November News 2017

Our indoor meetings were graced by two excellent speakers. In October Tom Mason, a young and very talented professional wildlife photographer with an excellent, self-deprecatory sense of humour, described how his passion for wildlife and photography developed from a very early age and has now taken him to some very wild parts of the world. In November Guy Anderson's talk on spoon-billed sandpipers was both entertaining and inspirational and had many people, including your scribe, longing to see this beautiful but endangered wader. We also had two excellent coach trips, to Holkham and Wells (October) and to RSPB Rainham Marshes (November). The weather was well-behaved on both occasions and over 80 species of bird were recorded on both trips, including an osprey at Holkham and jack snipe, firecrest, water pipit and black redstart at Rainham. All in all we have had an excellent autumn!

Saturday, 2 December 2017

August and September News 2017

August and September News 2017

The new 2017-18 season got under way on August bank holiday Sunday, when some of us went on an 'own transport' trip to RSPB Lakenheath Fen. Redstart and hobby were amongst the wide variety of birds seen, whilst a good selection of butterflies and dragonflies were on the wing. The guest speaker for our first indoor meeting of the season was Steve Lovell, who entertained us with his talk about primates of the world. RSPB Titchwell Marsh, on the North Norfolk coast, is many peoples' favourite reserve and proved a popular destination for our first coach trip of the season, in September. We were joined by the RSPB Stevenage Local Group and between us we saw almost 100 species of bird - some lucky people even saw otters there! Throughout the season we raise funds for the RSPB in a variety of ways. In the last financial year (2016-17) we raised over £2000 through our fundraising activities.