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.

August 2020

Thu
13

PUFFARAZZI : PEOPLE POWERING PUFFIN CONSERVATION - Connie Tremlett, RSPB

Location: NOTE: This will be a ZOOM illustrated talk.
All members who have provided us with an e-mail address will receive an invitation to the talk approximately one week before the event. You can then click on the link & enjoy the talk from the comfort of your own home.

Connie leads the RSPB's work on puffin conservation.
She tells us:
"The UK is a global hub for seabirds, with Puffins an iconic species. Sadly however, Puffin populations have declined, and Puffins are now vulnerable to global extinction. Failing food resources are thought to play a key role in these declines, with breeding birds struggling to find the food they need to successfully raise their chicks. Information on Puffin diet across the UK remains scarce though, which is where the Puffarazzi come in ...
The RSPB's Puffarazzi started in 2017 - an innovative citizen science project that asks people to submit photos of puffins carrying food in their bills, taken at puffin colonies across the UK. These photographs are analysed by an amazing team of volunteers, who count and identify the species of prey carried and data has allowed RSPB scientists to build a picture of how Puffin diet differed across the UK.
Now we're asking a different question - how has the diet changed over time?
So this year we're continuing to ask for photos from any year that people have of Puffins carrying food (so long as they know when and where it was taken), as we are particularly keen to build up a long-term dataset that will allow us to get a better idea of how diet is changing over time. Climate change and over-fishing both impact prey availability, and understanding these changes is a crucial part of the fight to ensure that Puffins continue to brighten up our coastlines in the future."

JOINING A ZOOM TALK
This will be the first talk of our 2020/21 season. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic - we can't get together in our usual venue so we're going to be delivering this talk via Zoom.

If you haven't used Zoom before you can find out more about how to use it on the Zoom website https://zoom.us/resources
Group members who have given us an e-mail address will have received an e-mail on Sunday 2 August giving you some links to the Zoom website and inviting you to a "taster" session on 6 August.
After that taster session we'll be sending Group members another e-mail with a link to this talk on 13 August. We hope you'll come and join us - you'll be able to see some of our other members (if only on your screen) and enjoy a great talk from Connie about a much-loved bird species

If you are a Group member but have not yet given us an e-mail address, please send that e-mail address to our Membership Secretary Anne Webber on bwv552@btinternet.com and we'll add you to our mailing list as soon as we can.

If you are not a member of our Group - you can find out more about "How to Join Us" in the News section of our website, Membership costs just £7 per year. For that you will get free access to 5 Zoom talks between August and December 2020 - and much more too

Time: Meeting opens at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start

Price: Free to RSPB North Bucks Group members

Telephone: 07803905958

E-mail: AnnRSPBNBucks@hotmail.co.uk

September 2020

Thu
10

WILDLIFE OF THE TWO CHINAS - Brian & Gina Lloyd

Location: NOTE: This will be a ZOOM illustrated talk.
All Group members who have provided us with an e-mail address will receive an invitation to the talk approximately one week before the event. You can then click on the link & enjoy the talk from the comfort of your own home.

Group members Brian & Gina will be taking us with them on their travels - this time to China.
Mainland China and Taiwan - very different places but so much in common - lots of birds & a diversity of other wildlife, including the world's highest altitude nesting passerine, rosefinches, parrotbills, laughing
thrushes and PANDAS - plus some surprises too - all illustrated with Brian and Gina's great photographs.
If you've attended one of Brian & Gina's previous talks to our Group you'll know you're in for a treat - and if you haven't - why not join us this time?

JOINING A ZOOM TALK
This will be the second talk of our 2020/21 season. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic - we can't get together in our usual venue so we're going to be delivering this talk via Zoom.

If you haven't used Zoom before you can find out more about how to use it on the Zoom website https://zoom.us/resources
We hope you'll come and join us - you'll be able to see some of our other members (if only on your screen) and enjoy a great talk from Brian and Gina.

If you are a Group member but have not yet given us an e-mail address, please send that e-mail address to our Membership Secretary Anne Webber on bwv552@btinternet.com and we'll add you to our mailing list as soon as we can.

If you are not a member of our Group - you can find out more about "How to Join Us" in the News section of our website, Membership costs just £7 per year. For that you will get free access to 5 Zoom talks between August and December 2020 - and much more too

Time: Meeting opens at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start

Price: Free to RSPB North Bucks Group members

Telephone: 07803905958

E-mail: AnnRSPBNBucks@hotmail.co.uk

October 2020

Thu
8

MOUNTAINS AND MOORS - Andre Farrar, RSPB

Location: NOTE: This will be a ZOOM illustrated talk.
All Group members who have provided us with an e-mail address will receive an invitation to the talk approximately one week before the event. You can then click on the link & enjoy the talk from the comfort of your own home.

The hills are alive with wildlife - and are increasingly a refuge for species struggling in the lowlands. Yet the future of our uplands is increasingly controversial - the future of hill farming hangs in the balance, intensive
management for driven grouse shooting is limiting the numbers of birds of prey and affecting our wildlife heritage - but successful restoration of some uplands is pointing to a new vision for the future.

Andre has worked with the RSPB for almost 40 years André Farrar has worked for the RSPB, starting as a species protection warden in the Forest of Bowland in Lancashire. His focus was the strong local population of hen harriers. This is a species that has proved to be one of the most intractable conservation challenges of the last 40 years.

André also has a strong association with Local Groups - as Assistant Regional Officer in the North West region in the 80's he worked with the network of local groups (starting six of them) and hosting the legendary RSPB Film Shows. He now spends some of his time speaking to RSPB Local Groups on a range of issues - and some of you will recall his visit to our Group in November 2019 when he gave an excellent talk on the RSPB's work on "Saving Special Places". I'm sure this one will be equally fascinating.

JOINING A ZOOM TALK
This will be the third talk of our 2020/21 season. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic - we can't get together in our usual venue so we're going to be delivering this talk via Zoom.

If you haven't used Zoom before you can find out more about how to use it on the Zoom website https://zoom.us/resources

Members who have given us an e-mail address will receive an e-mail about 1 week before the event giving the link to attend the talk. We hope you'll come and join us - you'll be able to see some of our other members (if only on your screen) and enjoy a great talk from Andre about our Mountains and Moors.

If you are a Group member but have not yet given us an e-mail address, please send that e-mail address to our Membership Secretary Anne Webber on bwv552@btinternet.com and we'll add you to our mailing list as soon as we can.

If you are not a member of our Group - you can find out more about "How to Join Us" in the News section of our website, Membership costs just £7 per year. For that you will get free access to 5 Zoom talks between August and December 2020 - and much more too
Time: Meeting opens at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start
Price: Free to RSPB North Bucks Group members

Time: Meeting opens at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start

Price: Free to RSPB North Bucks Group members

Telephone: 07803905958

E-mail: AnnRSPBNBucks@hotmail.co.uk

November 2020

Thu
12

NATURE CONSERVATION IN 2020 - Estelle Bailey, Chief Executive of BBOWT

Location: NOTE: This will be a ZOOM illustrated talk.
All Group members who have provided us with an e-mail address will receive an invitation to the talk approximately one week before the event. You can then click on the link & enjoy the talk from the comfort of your own home.

Against a backdrop of a nature and climate crisis plus social, political and
economic uncertainty, Estelle will explore how we can #GrowBackBetter for
nature and climate recovery in a post COVID-19 world. There is an urgent
need to protect more wildlife and to restore nature at scale. We'll explore
some of the possibilities and what part we can play.

As Chief Executive of our Local Wildlife Trust for Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, Estelle is ideally placed to look at how we can rebuild and put nature at the heart of our recovery ... and of course BBOWT has been closely involved in a number of local environmental issues - including the impacts of HS2 and the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway on our local nature reserves and wildlife so she knows only too well how challenging these developments can be.

JOINING A ZOOM TALK
This will be the first talk of our 2020/21 season. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic - we can't get together in our usual venue so we're going to be delivering this talk via Zoom.

If you haven't used Zoom before you can find out more about how to use it on the Zoom website https://zoom.us/resources

Members who have given us an e-mail address will receive an invitation e-mail about a week before the event giving the link to join the talk. We hope you'll come and join us - you'll be able to see some of our other members (if only on your screen) and enjoy a great talk from Estelle.

If you are a Group member but have not yet given us an e-mail address, please send that e-mail address to our Membership Secretary Anne Webber on bwv552@btinternet.com and we'll add you to our mailing list as soon as we can.

If you are not a member of our Group - you can find out more about "How to Join Us" in the News section of our website, Membership costs just £7 per year. For that you will get free access to 5 Zoom talks between August and December 2020 - and much more too

Time: Meeting opens at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start for the talk.

Price: Free to RSPB North Bucks Group members

Telephone: 07803905958

E-mail: AnnRSPBNBucks@hotmail.co.uk

December 2020

Thu
10

THE WILDLIFE OF PITSFORD RESERVOIR - Neil McMahon

Location: NOTE: This will be a ZOOM illustrated talk.
All Group members who have provided us with an e-mail address will receive an invitation to the talk approximately one week before the event. You can then click on the link & enjoy the talk from the comfort of your own home.

Neil has been visiting Pitsford Reservoir for the last 45 years - so he is well qualified to take us on a virtual tour of this Anglian Water site, part of which is managed as a reserve by Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire. & Northamptonshire Wildlife Trust. Starting in Autumn, Neil will show us a wildlife year on the site - lots of birds, plus some mammals and invertebrates too.

JOINING A ZOOM TALK
This will be the fifth talk of our 2020/21 season. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic - we can't get together in our usual venue so we're going to be delivering this talk via Zoom.

If you haven't used Zoom before you can find out more about how to use it on the Zoom website https://zoom.us/resources

Members who have given us an e-mail address will receive an invitation e-mail about a week before the event giving the link to join the talk. We hope you'll come and join us - you'll be able to see some of our other members (if only on your screen) and enjoy a great talk from Neil about this Northamptonshire reserve.

If you are a Group member but have not yet given us an e-mail address, please send that e-mail address to our Membership Secretary Anne Webber on bwv552@btinternet.com and we'll add you to our mailing list as soon as we can.

If you are not a member of our Group - you can find out more about "How to Join Us" in the News section of our website, Membership costs just £7 per year. For that you will get free access to 5 Zoom talks between August and December 2020 - and much more too

Time: Meeting opens at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start for the talk.

Price: Free to RSPB North Bucks Group members

Telephone: 07803905958

E-mail: AnnRSPBNBucks@hotmail.co.uk

January 2021

Thu
14

A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF A BIRD TOUR GUIDE - Neil Glenn

Location: EITHER At the Cruck Barn, Bradwell Abbey, OR via Zoom
Please check back nearer the time of the talk for further details on how this talk will be delivered

With many years' experience as a Bird Tour Guide, Neil will take us with him on his frantic year of travels to birding hotspots such as Ecuador, Tanzania, Hungary, the Isles of Scilly and Northumberland.
He'll also give us an insight into what a tour guide gets up to when not leading!

At the time of posting this event on our website in August 2020, we do not yet know whether we shall be able to hold face-to-face talks at the Cruck Bran. We shall post an update when we know more, so please check back here on our website just before the event to ensure you know how the talk will be delivered.

Time: Meeting opens at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start for the talk.

Price: To be confirmed - depending on whether we are in the Cruck Barn or whether the talk is delivered via Zoom

Telephone: 07803905958

E-mail: AnnRSPBNBucks@hotmail.co.uk

February 2021

Thu
11

AN INSPIRATION OF WADERS - Rick & Elis Simpson

Location: EITHER At the Cruck Barn, Bradwell Abbey, OR via Zoom
Please check back nearer the time of the talk for further details on how this talk will be delivered

Based on their recent book, Rick & Elis return to our Group to explore how waders have inspired people, the arts, culture, myths and legends and how they are, in themselves, a most inspiring group of birds. The final act is to suggest a collective noun for the mixed or unidentified clouds of waders that we see over our estuaries in winter.

As you will know from their previous visits to our Group, Rick and Elis Simpson are a local husband and wife team who dedicate their lives to promoting wader conservation. Rick is a lifelong birder, writer and artist and worked for some time as a bird guide in the UK, Spain and Brazil. Elis is a keen photographer, whose main interest is birds and wildlife in general.

In 2012 they set up Wader Quest a non-profit, entirely voluntary charity, dedicated to raising awareness about the problems that waders face across the world and to raising funds to support the Community Wader Conservation projects that protect them.

At the time of posting this event on our website in August 2020, we do not yet know whether we shall be able to hold face-to-face talks at the Cruck Bran. We shall post an update when we know more, so please check back here on our website just before the event to ensure you know how the talk will be delivered.

Time: Meeting opens at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start for the talk.

Price: Free to RSPB North Bucks Group members

Telephone: 07803905958

E-mail: AnnRSPBNBucks@hotmail.co.uk

March 2021

Thu
11

FLIGHT OF THE SWANS - Peter Cranswick, Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

Location: EITHER At the Cruck Barn, Bradwell Abbey, OR via Zoom
Please check back nearer the time of the talk for further details on how this talk will be delivered

In 1963 Peter Scott & his family started monitoring the Bewick swans that appeared outside their window at Slimbridge after a dangerous migration from northern Russia. Numbers have declined by one third in recent years and WWT has been working to understand this decline.
In autumn 2016 WWT conservationist Sacha Dench strapped a paramotor to her back to follow their migration - Peter was the project manager and in the ground crew & will share with us insights and anecdotes from this journey.

At the time of posting this event on our website in August 2020, we do not yet know whether we shall be able to hold face-to-face talks at the Cruck Barn. We shall post an update when we know more, so please check back here on our website just before the event to ensure you know how the talk will be delivered.

Time: Meeting opens at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start for the talk.

Price: To be confirmed - depending on whether we are in the Cruck Barn or whether the talk is delivered via Zoom. Please check back nearer to the time of the event

Telephone: 07803905958

E-mail: AnnRSPBNBucks@hotmail.co.uk

April 2021

Thu
8

SPEAKER & TALK YET TO BE CONFIRMED

Location: EITHER At the Cruck Barn, Bradwell Abbey, or via Zoom
Please check back nearer the time of the talk for further details on how this talk will be delivered

Unfortunately one of the speakers that we had booked for our 2020/21 season is now unable to talk to our Group. We have not yet been able to find someone to fill this slot at short notice (particularly as many possible speakers are not contactable or able to commit to giving talks at present). We shall ensure we find another good speaker and let you know the details well in advance of 8 April.

At the time of posting this event on our website in August 2020, we do not yet know whether we shall be able to hold face-to-face talks at the Cruck Barn. We shall post an update when we know more, so please check back here on our website just before the event to ensure you know how the talk will be delivered.

Time: Meeting opens at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start for the talk.

Price: To be confirmed - depending on whether we are in the Cruck Barn or whether the talk is delivered via Zoom. Please check back nearer o the time of the event

Telephone: 07803905958

E-mail: AnnRSPBNBucks@hotmail.co.uk

Thu
22

BIRDS : THEIR HIDDEN WORLD - Peter Holden, RSPB

Location: EITHER At Leighton Buzzard Cricket, Hockey and Tennis Club, Bell Close, Lake Street. Leighton Buzzard, LU7 1RX, or via Zoom
Please check back nearer the time of the talk for further details on how this talk will be delivered

This talk looks at British birds and their amazing lives - the sort of information most "bird books" leave out. From the secretive time of establishing a territory and building a nest, to their highly developed social
behaviour, the role of the different sexes and the purpose of bird song.
With 40 years on the RSPB staff team and as the person who devised Big Garden Birdwatch - Peter is the ideal person to take us on this journey.

At the time of posting this event on our website in August 2020, we do not yet know whether we shall be able to hold face-to-face talks at the Cruck Barn. We shall post an update when we know more, so please check back here on our website just before the event to ensure you know how the talk will be delivered.

Time: Meeting opens at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start for the talk.

Price: To be confirmed - depending on whether we are in the Cruck Barn or whether the talk is delivered via Zoom. Please check back here nearer to the time of the event