Events

Whether you are a member or not, please feel free to come along to any of the events listed below. You will receive a very warm welcome from The RSPB Macclesfield Local Group

September 2018

Tue
11

A Walk in the Woods - Kevin Briggs

Location: United Reformed Church
Park Green
Macclesfield
There is ample FREE PARKING in the surrounding area.
Disabled access is available
Postcode: SK11 7NA (Google map)

This is Kevin's second visit to our group. He is an ecologist who has been studying birds in his home patch, the Lune valley in Cumbria and Lancashire, for nearly 40 years. As well as monitoring population trends, productivity and life expectancies, he has tried to relate the species to their changing food supplies and habitats and, as we found out at his last talk in 2014, this involved using some unusual and amusing methods (for example, counting the number of dung flies on cow pats to assess food supplies to provide possible reasons for the decline in numbers of some birds). In this talk he will be comparing and contrasting the ecology of limestone woodland areas with its population of mainly ash trees and oak trees more generally found in gritstone woodland areas. Unusual methodology used here when assessing the availability of food and the eventual fortunes of blue tits and pied flycatchers will involve the weekly collection and measurement of caterpillar droppings. Again this promises to be another extremely interesting and entertaining talk.

Time: Doors open at 7.15 pm for a prompt 7.45 pm start

Price: Group members £1, Visitors £4.50, Under 18s Free - ALL WELCOME

Telephone: 01625 615628

E-mail: publicity@macclesfieldrspb.org.uk

Fri
28

Weekend Away: North Lancashire Coast (based in Morecambe)

Location: Based at The Clarendon Hotel
Marine Road West
Morecambe
Postcode: LA4 4EP (Google map)

In October 2015 we had a splendid autumn weekend based in Morecambe. So we will return there in 2018 for an autumn two- or three-night break, arriving on Friday 28 September and departing on Sunday 30 September or Monday 01 October. We will stay at the Clarendon Hotel on the seafront.

The Morecambe Bay area includes pools, marshes, mudflats and coastal areas with a good range of resident and wintering birds. Wildfowl and waders should be plentiful and the whole area has a reputation for rarities popping up on a regular basis. As well as Morecambe itself, likely places which we will visit are Leighton Moss, Warton Crag, Hest Bank, Heysham, Conder Green, Glasson Dock and perhaps Pilling Lane Ends.

The cost for dinner, bed & breakfast for two or three nights will be £65 per person per night sharing a double/twin room and £70 per night single. All rooms are en-suite and come with the usual facilities including tea/coffee-making equipment. If you want extra nights, they can be booked at the same rates subject to availability.
If you wish to reserve a place, please advise Graham Palmer, 8 Rydal Place, Macclesfield, SK11 7XU (tel. 01625 420179, e-mail graham@macclesfieldrspb.org.uk) as soon as possible. Strictly speaking, bookings have already closed, but it is very likely that we can still get you a place. A deposit of £40 per person will be required at the time of booking (cheques payable to "Provincial Hotels & Inns"). You will pay the balance direct to the hotel at the end of your stay. You can find details of the hotel at www.clarendonhotelmorecambe.com, but please do NOT book via that website.

Time: 7 pm

Price: £65.00 pp per night (Shared double/twin) £70.00 pp per night (Single)

Telephone: 01625 420179

E-mail: graham@macclesfieldrspb.org.uk

October 2018

Tue
9

Discovering Donana - Paul Kenyon

Location: United Reformed Church
Park Green
Macclesfield
There is ample FREE PARKING in the surrounding area.
Disabled access is available
Postcode: SK11 7NA (Google map)

This will be the first talk Paul has given to our group. He is chairperson of the Mid-Cheshire Ornithological Society based in Northwich and also manages a small local nature reserve, Marshall's Arm, on the River Weaver, which he visits almost daily.
His talk takes us further afield to the Donana National Park in Andalusia, Southern Spain, an area he has visited many times in the last 17 years. It is an area of marshes, shallow streams, sand dunes and a river delta where the Guadalquivir River flows into the Atlantic Ocean. The park features a great variety of ecosystems and shelters wildlife including thousands of European and African migratory birds, deer, wild boar, and endangered species such as the Spanish imperial eagle and the Iberian lynx. Over 300 species may be sighted there annually. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1994 it is considered to be the largest nature reserve in Europe.

Time: Doors open at 7.15 pm for a prompt 7.45 pm start

Price: Group members £1, Visitors £4.50, Under 18s Free - ALL WELCOME

Telephone: 01625 615628

E-mail: publicity@macclesfieldrspb.org.uk

Thu
11

Special event - coffee morning

Location: Gawsworth Methodist Community Hall
Congleton Road
Gawsworth
Macclesfield
Postcode: SK11 9QZ (Google map)

Take an opportunity to see this year's range of RSPB Christmas cards while enjoying a cup of tea or coffee with biscuits. A selection of homemade cakes and preserves will be available to purchase as well as winter food for the birds.
All welcome

Time: 10:00 am to 12:00 noon

Price: Entry is free - £1 for coffee/tea and biscuits.

Telephone: 01625 617384

E-mail: sales@macclesfieldrsph.org.uk

November 2018

Tue
13

Indoor Meeting - The City, an illustrated talk by Paul Hobson

Location: United Reformed Church
Park Green
Macclesfield
There is ample FREE PARKING in the surrounding area.
Disabled access is available
Postcode: SK11 7NA (Google map)

Paul is a regular visitor to our group - his last talk was in October 2015. He studied for a degree in Environmental Science in the 1970s, specialising in wildlife conservation, and lectured in this field for 20 years before becoming a full-time wildlife photographer. He has numerous international photographic awards to his credit.
Grey, concrete dominated, urban landscapes never spring to mind when we think about watching wildlife. However, the towns and cities we inhabit are not solely comprised of human dwellings. An increasing number of birds, mammals, insects and plants find the harsh conditions actually to their liking and have made a home alongside our own. The talk will explore the many micro habitats and the species of British wildlife that have colonised our urban sprawl.

Time: Doors open at 7.15 pm for a prompt 7.45 pm start

Price: Group members £1, Visitors £4.50, Under 18s Free - ALL WELCOME

Telephone: 01625 615628

E-mail: publicity@macclesfieldrspb.org.uk

December 2018

Tue
11

Indoor meeting - Belarus and Estonia: Europe's Secret Wildlife Hotspots. talk by Barrie Cooper.

Location: United Reformed Church
Park Green
Macclesfield
There is ample FREE PARKING in the surrounding area.
Disabled access is available
Postcode: SK11 7NA (Google map)

This will be the first talk Barrie has given to our group. He worked for the RSPB for 26 years, the last 13 as an International Officer, and currently leads wildlife tours.
The former Soviet state of Belarus positioned between Poland and Russia still has ancient forests, meadows, bogs and wetlands that are rich in wildlife. Large areas of the country are sparsely populated and as a result there are many areas where nature has been left to follow its natural course. Mammals such as lynx, bison and beaver supplement a good selection of birds including raptors, owls, woodpeckers and waders.
Estonia, another former Soviet state on the edge of the Baltic, is positioned on a major migration fly-way, particularly in autumn when millions of passerines pass through the centre of the country and well over 50 million waterfowl and shorebirds fly over the north western coast.

Time: Doors open at 7.15 pm for a prompt 7.45 pm start

Price: Group members £1, Visitors £4.50, Under 18s Free - ALL WELCOME

Telephone: 01625 615628

E-mail: publicity@macclesfieldrspb.org.uk

January 2019

Tue
8

'The Great Texas Birding Trail' talk by Dennis Atherton

Location: United Reformed Church
Park Green
Macclesfield
There is ample FREE PARKING in the surrounding area.
Disabled access is available
Postcode: SK11 7NA (Google map)

This will be the first talk Dennis has given to the group. A keen birder and photographer he likes to travel and see birds from far and wide.
His talk will follow The Texas Coastal Birding Trail, a state-designated system of trails, bird sanctuaries and nature reserves running along the entire length of the Texas Gulf Coast. He will be dropping in at all the local hotspots looking for up to 30 species of American warblers during peak migration on their way north across the Gulf of Mexico as they make their way back to their breeding grounds in America and Canada. He will also check out the stunning coastal shore birds and exotic raptors before making a trip to the Rio Grande for Mexican specialities.

Time: Doors open at 7.15 pm for a prompt 7.45 pm start

Price: Group members £1, Visitors £4.50, Under 18s Free - ALL WELCOME

Telephone: 01625 615628

E-mail: publicity@macclesfieldrspb.org.uk

February 2019

Tue
12

'The Long Spring' - talk by Laurence Rose

Location: United Reformed Church
Park Green
Macclesfield
There is ample FREE PARKING in the surrounding area.
Disabled access is available
Postcode: SK11 7NA (Google map)

Laurence has worked for the RSPB for over 30 years. He is a lifelong naturalist and conservationist whose work has ranged from creating urban greenspace to advocating global treaties and has worked for the RSPB in roles as diverse as nature reserve management, Head of European Programmes and Corporate Strategy Developer.
In February 2016 Laurence crossed the Mediterranean from North Africa and set off on a series of journeys northwards towards the Arctic coast of Norway, all the while keeping pace with the arrival of spring. Like a modern-day pilgrimage, he was accompanied by fellow wayfarers, migrating swallows and cranes and later, wild swans and eagles. He witnessed the awakening of a continent from its winter slumber and encountered new behaviours, such as storks that no longer migrate, exploring how they link to climate change. From Spain he headed north through France and Britain. Crossing over to Sweden, Finland and Norway, he ended his travels four months later as the long Arctic days stretched into continuous daylight. His book, 'The Long Spring', which tracked the arrival of spring through Europe was published in March 2018.

Time: Doors open at 7.15 pm for a prompt 7.45 pm start

Price: Group members £1, Visitors £4.50, Under 18s Free - ALL WELCOME

Telephone: 01625 615628

E-mail: publicity@macclesfieldrspb.org.uk

March 2019

Tue
12

'Our Disappearing Swifts - What Can We Do?' talk by Tanya and Edmund Hoare

Location: United Reformed Church
Park Green
Macclesfield
There is ample FREE PARKING in the surrounding area.
Disabled access is available
Postcode: SK11 7NA (Google map)

Tanya and Edmund are swift enthusiasts and part of the national and international swift network. They set up a local swift group in Cumbria, Sedbergh Community Swifts, whose aim is to preserve these iconic birds that give such delight in summer as they swoop around our rooftops in towns and villages.
They have a colony of swifts nesting in the eaves of their cottage, with cameras installed, and their talk will include video clips of many aspects of swift behaviour. The latest research on their remarkable migration and their incredible aerial lifestyle will also be presented. Sadly these amazing birds are in serious decline and the reasons for this, and what can be done to help, will be discussed. Unless awareness is raised of the threats they face we could be in danger of losing our swifts altogether.

Time: Doors open at 7.15 pm for a prompt 7.45 pm start

Price: Group members £1, Visitors £4.50, Under 18s Free - ALL WELCOME

Telephone: 01625 615628

E-mail: publicity@macclesfieldrspb.org.uk

Thu
28

Special event - Coffee Morning

Location: Gawsworth Methodist Community Hall
Congleton Road
Gawsworth
Macclesfield
Postcode: SK11 9QZ (Google map)

Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee with biscuits at Gawsworth Community Hall. A selection of homemade cakes and preserves will be available to purchase as well as the usual bird food.
All welcome

Time: 10:00 am to 12:00 noon

Price: Entry is free - £1 for coffee/tea and biscuits.

Telephone: 01625 617384

E-mail: sales@macclesfieldrsph.org.uk

April 2019

Tue
9

'Birds: their hidden world' talk by Peter Holden

Location: United Reformed Church
Park Green
Macclesfield
There is ample FREE PARKING in the surrounding area.
Disabled access is available
Postcode: SK11 7NA (Google map)

Peter 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. Later he headed the RSPB's volunteer programme. He has co-authored more than a dozen books, including the RSPB Handbook of British Birds. In the 2009 New Year's Honours list he was awarded an MBE for services to Nature Conservation.
The talk, based on aspects of his book of the same title looks at British birds and their amazing lives with the sort of information that most bird books leave out. He looks at their adaption and aspects of reproduction: from the secretive time of acquiring a territory and building a nest to their highly developed social behaviour and the roles of the different sexes. He will also consider the purpose of bird song, by listening to common examples, and will explore the mystery of mechanical sound used by a few familiar species. Finally, he will consider, if left to their own devices, how long can these birds survive in the wild.

Time: Doors open at 7.15 pm for a prompt 7.45 pm start

Price: Group members £1, Visitors £4.50, Under 18s Free - ALL WELCOME

Telephone: 01625 615628

E-mail: publicity@macclesfieldrspb.org.uk

May 2019

Tue
14

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING and MEMBERS' DIGITAL IMAGES and VIDEOS

Location: United Reformed Church
Park Green
Macclesfield
There is ample FREE PARKING in the surrounding area.
Disabled access is available
Postcode: SK11 7NA (Google map)

The annual general meeting will be followed by slides from our members.

Time: Doors open at 7.15 pm for a prompt 7.45 pm start

Price: Free, all welcome.

Telephone: 01625 615628

E-mail: publicity@macclesfieldrspb.org.uk