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.

January 2018

Wed
31

Tracking Penguins in the Falklands - James Robinson

Location: St Ives Free Church

During Christmas 2011, James Robinson spent a month on sabbatical with Falklands Conservation, assisting in their efforts to conserve the charismatic yet vulnerable Southern Rockhopper Penguin. He will explain the significant challenges of working in the South Atlantic, the amazing wildlife that makes a home on the Falklands, and the amazing journeys of penguins as they tracked them across the ocean.

Time: 7.30pm

Price: Local group members free, others £4.00.

February 2018

Wed
28

The West Coast of the USA - Colin Kirtland

Location: St Ives Free Church

The talk focuses around images taken over several spring visits made to California, a large state with a varied climate and terrain, from hot deserts and high mountains to verdant valleys and a wild, rocky coastline. The wildlife depicted ranges from brilliant, diminutive humming birds to huge, awe-inspiring whales!

Colin Kirtland has been birdwatching for 65 years and has at various times served as the Cambridgeshire bird recorder and Cambridge RSPB group leader. He also led birdwatching holidays for 20 years and still enjoys regular trips abroad.

Time: 7.30pm

Price: Local group members free, others £4.00.

March 2018

Wed
28

Birds in spring: their hidden world - Peter Holden

Location: St Ives Free Church

This talks looks at British birds and their amazing lives, the sort of information that most 'bird books' leave out!. We will look at adaptation and aspects of reproduction; from acquiring a territory and building a nest to their social behaviour and the roles of the sexes. On the way we will consider vocal and mechanical sound and finally longevity.

Peter Holden was on the RSPB staff for over 40 years. Initially he ran the RSPB's junior membership, during which time he devised the Big Garden Birdwatch. Later he headed their People Engagement programme. For many years he advised Blue Peter, and in 1994-5 he joined Bill Oddie in a BBC 1 series called Bird in the Nest and contributed to Springwatch. He has written more than a dozen books and was awarded an MBE for services to Nature Conservation in the 2009.

Time: 7.30pm

Price: Local group members free, others £4.00.

April 2018

Wed
25

Swift Cities - Rebecca Pitman

Location: St Ives Free Church

Swifts have declined by an alarming 51% in the past 20 years. Learn how we can all do our bit to help reverse the decline of this charismatic migrant bird and quintessential sign of the British summer from the RSPB 'Swift Cities' Project Officer.

Time: 7.30pm

Price: Local group members free, others £4.00.

September 2018

Wed
26

Annual General Meeting - The Little Tern Recovery Project - Sue Rendell-Read

Location: St Ives Free Church

Little terns nesting on our beaches - a LIFE funded species recovery project. Sue Rendell-Read is a senior project manager for the RSPB working on a national little tern recovery project. Using a budget of £2.5m from the EU and 10 partners they work together to manage 20+ colonies. Her first paid role with the RSPB was in Norfolk at the largest little tern colony spending all summer on the beach. She then worked on the Suffolk coast, at Minsmere, before taking her current role. She loves East Anglia's coast and looks forward to sharing project news from that area.

Time: 7.30pm

Price: Local group members free, others £4.00.

October 2018

Wed
31

Birds in a Cage - Derek Niemann

Location: St Ives Free Church

This is the story of an obsessive quest behind barbed wire. Through their shared love of birds, a group of British POWs overcome hunger, hardship, fear and stultifying boredom. Their experiences leave them scarred, but set them on a path to becoming greats of the conservation movement. This tale is not just about birds or war, but about the human spirit.

Time: 7.30pm

Price: Local group members free, others £4.00.

November 2018

Wed
28

Counting Waders on the Wash - Nicholas Watts

Location: St Ives Free Church

Nicholas Watts farms in the Fens between Spalding and Market Deeping where his farm teems with wildlife, he has won more conservation awards than any other farmer in the UK, including the RSPB Nature of Farming Award in 2013 and was awarded the MBE in 2006. He has also been part of a team counting and recording waders on the Wash for over 40 years.

Time: 7.30pm

Price: Local group members free, others £4.00.