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.

December 2019

Wed
18

Christmas Social

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

Christmas social. Details to be confirmed nearer the time.

Time: 7.30pm

Price: Local group members free, others £4.00.

January 2020

Wed
29

Cuckoos and curious naturalists - Nick Davies

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

The sight of a little warbler or pipit feeding an enormous cuckoo chick is astonishing. Why are the hosts apparently so stupid? Field experiments have shown how cuckoos use remarkable trickery to beat their host's defences.
Nick is Professor of Behavioural Ecology at the University of Cambridge. He has studied cuckoos in the fens for the past 30 years. His research has been featured on BBC Radio 4 and as a BBC Natural World film. His recent book "Cuckoo - cheating by nature" is published by Bloomsbury.

Time: 7.30pm

Price: Local group members free, others £4.00.

February 2020

Wed
26

The Great Fen Project, a future wetland and more - Henry Stanier

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

Dragonfly expert and bird ringer, Henry is the Great Fen Monitoring & Research Officer for the Wildlife Trust, with responsibility for tracking the success of the Great Fen; a fantastic legacy of the Rothschild family. With a diverse mosaic of habitats, it is developing as a bird-watching mecca.

Time: 7.30pm

Price: local group members free, others £4.00.

March 2020

Wed
25

Garden wildlife - Peter Holden

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

This talk looks at some of the fascinating wildlife that benefits from our activities, especially in our gardens. We will find out what scientists have discovered about some of our garden birds and other creatures, and we will consider some top tips for making simple improvements to our garden habitats.
Peter Holden was on the RSPB staff for more than 40 years. Initially he ran the RSPB's junior membership, during which time he devised the Big Garden Birdwatch.
For many years he advised Blue Peter and often appeared in their garden! In 1994-5 he joined Bill Oddie in a BBC 1 series called Bird in the Nest and he contributed to Springwatch.
Peter has co-authored more than a dozen books, including the RSPB Handbook of British Birds and the RSPB Handbook of Garden Wildlife.
Peter was awarded an MBE for services to Nature Conservation in the 2009 New Year's Honours List.

Time: 7.30pm

Price: Local group members free, others £4.00.

April 2020

Wed
29

Wader quest - Rick and Elis Simpson

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

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.