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February 2018

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

News for December 2017 and January 2018

News for December 2017 and January 2018

We have been very lucky to have had some truly outstanding talks at our indoor meetings this season and our speakers in December and January raised the bar, if anything, a little bit higher! Steve Cham is one of the UK's foremost dragonfly experts and his talk, which seamlessly integrated ecology, biology and fascinating statistics into a talk that had something for everybody, also included some great slides featuring these large invertebrates. In January we were very fortunate to host Andy Clements, who is the chief executive officer for the BTO. Steve highlighted some of the recent studies using tiny radio transmitters or geo-locators to birds such as the cuckoo, which have provided fascinating new information about their migration routes. This information can be used to understand and hopefully halt the declines in many of the migratory bird species that spend the summer (or winter) with us. This was another outstanding presentation, pitched at just the right level for beginners and experts alike.

At the opposite end of the spectrum our outdoor meetings programme was disrupted by the weather. The December 'own transport' trip to Paxton Pits and Woodwalton Fen had to be cancelled, due to the worst snowfall for 4 years on the morning of the event, whilst our January coach trip to RSPB Fen Drayton and WWT Welney was conducted through a mixture of snow, sleet, rain and high winds. Nevertheless, the spirits of the 30 travellers could not be dampened and we managed a very reasonable list of 69 bird species on the day. Here's hoping for better weather in the coming months!