Events

Unless otherwise specified, you do not need to be a member of the RSPB (or the local group) to join us on our events, and birdwatching experience is not necessary. If you have any questions please call the contact number shown with the event details.

April 2020

Wed
29

CANCELLED Wader quest - Rick and Elis Simpson CANCELLED

Location: St Ives, Free Church.
Postcode: PE27 5AL (Google map)

Regretably this talk has been cancelled in line with HM Government announcements and RSPB advice concerning meetings during the Corona Virus emergency. All other Local Group activities are cancelled until at least the 1st September.

The charity, Wader Quest, was created in 2012 to raise awareness and funds to protect waders worldwide.
This talk introduces Wader Quest through the beauty and diversity of the waders around the world and emphasises the acute crisis facing them and how we can combat it.
Husband and wife team, Rick and Elis Simpson dedicate their lives to promoting wader conservation. Rick is a lifelong birder, writer and artist and has worked as a bird guide. Elis is a keen photographer of birds and wildlife in general.

Time: 7.30pm

Price: Local group members free, others £4.00.

September 2020

Wed
30

Green birding and the adventures of the biking birder - Gary Prescott

Location: St Ives, Free Church
Postcode: PE27 5AL (Google map)

Green birding is a growing movement in birdwatching that involves birders being more aware of the worldwide environmental impacts of birding and taking action to reduce them.

Gary is the only person to have cycled to every RSPB and Wildfowl & Wetland Trust nature reserve in the UK. He has also cycled in Peru, Spain, France and the UK.

Time: 7.30pm

Price: Local group members free, others £4.

Wed
30

Annual General Meeting

Location: St Ives, Free Church
Postcode: PE27 5AL (Google map)

The Local Group Annual General Meeting includes a report on the previous year's activities, a statement of accounts and the chance to confirm appointments to the committee, and to take comments from the members. The business is normally done in about a quarter of an hour and is followed by a talk, which this year is Green birding and the adventures of the biking birder by Gary Prescott.

Time: 7.30pm

Price: Local group members free, others £4.

October 2020

Wed
28

Silent Spring Revisited - our debt to Rachel Carson - Conor Jameson

Location: St Ives, Free Church
Postcode: PE27 5AL (Google map)

Conor revisited Rachel Carson's 1962 book 'Silent Spring" whilst investigating divided opinion on the reliability of J A Baker's classic book 'The Peregrine". Conor asks if we have paid sufficient heed to the extraordinarily courageous voice of Rachel Carson, who stood up to the might of vested interest, when explaining the hundreds of bird corpses in the Essex countryside.

Conor has worked for the RSPB and Birdlife International for 25 Years.

Time: 7.30pm

Price: Local group members free, others £4.

November 2020

Wed
25

Woodland birds, science and conservation - Paul Bellamy

Location: St Ives, Free Church
Postcode: PE27 5AL (Google map)

Paul's talk covers the pressures and changes affecting woodland birds in the UK and current conservation action, highlighting hawfinch, willow tit, marsh tit and spotted flycatcher.

Paul Bellamy is a Senior Conservation Scientist at RSPB's Centre for Conservation Science with a national remit for research on declining woodland species, forest policy and management.

Time: 7.30pm

Price: Local group members free, others £4.

December 2020

Wed
16

Christmas social

Location: St Ives, Free Church
Postcode: PE27 5AL (Google map)

Details of the Christmas social will be announced nearer the time

Time: 7.30pm

Price: Local group members free, others £4.