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September 2021

Friday, 17 September 2021

Great Big Green Week - Batty about Bats - Monday 20th September 2021 - 13.00 - 15.00

RSPB North East Hants Local Group will be joining the Fleet Rangers at the Hartley Wintney Cricket Club Picnic Area (RG27 8PG) to talk about the reserve at Hazeley Heath and Homes for Wildlife. The Rangers will be focussed on bats, and we will help and be happy to talk about all wildlife.

The 'Wild at Hart' events for Great Big Green Week are aimed at children.

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Tuesday, 14 September 2021

Starling perched on wall

'Food for the Birds - Eat In or Take Away' - A Zoom Talk by Brian Nobbs - Saturday 9th October 2021

Birds have found a way to exploit virtually every food source and this talk examines how they do it. Geese graze grass, hummingbirds take nectar, finches and others eat seeds and fruits by day and the oilbird eats fruits by night. Invertebrates are taken from the air by swifts and flycatchers, and from the mud by waders equipped with a range of bill shapes.

Further up the food chain the vertebrates provide food for the larger birds. Fish are taken by herons, gannets, terns and auks; reptiles and mammals by raptors and owls; birds by hawks, harriers and falcons.

Finally there are the opportunists and refuse collectors, like gulls, kites and, of course, the vultures.
All these and more will be included, using photographs selected to illustrate their techniques, from the copper-rumped hummingbird to the Andean condor.

The meeting will be open from 7.15 pm ready for a 7.30 pm start. It is free to join for RSPB North East Hants Local Group Members. A donation of £3.00 is welcomed from Non Members.

If you are not already an RSPB Local Group Member and wish to register for this meeting, please email the local group at You will then be contacted before the event with both the meeting ID and Passcode.

We look forward to welcoming you to what promises to be an interesting talk.

Tuesday, 14 September 2021

Cranes breed at RSPB Otmoor

A pair of common cranes have fledged a chick at RSPB Otmoor this summer, a first for the reserve and the first in Oxfordshire for at least 500 years. The success comes after years of careful management at the site aimed at creating the perfect habitat for birds like cranes, curlews and snipe.

Monday, 6 September 2021

Bittern feeding in reedbeds

Booming bittern bounce-back continues

At RSPB Dungeness in Kent, staff and volunteers carry out extensive habitat work each winter to help create the right conditions for bitterns. Their efforts are paying off as six booming males were heard at the reserve this year, believed to be a county record. Meanwhile, across Somerset, a total of 34 male bitterns were recorded this year - 16 of them at RSPB Ham Wall near Glastonbury. Other boomers were heard at the RSPB's West Sedgemoor and Greylake reserves, and at Natural England and Somerset Wildlife Trust reserves.

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Thursday, 2 September 2021

Cornish choughs done good

Chough in Cornwall have had their best breeding year, with 23 pairs producing 66 fledged young, since recolonising the county 19 years ago. This moves them, for the first time, into the 20-30 pair target for a sustainable population. Birds are now even beginning to stray into Devon on occasion.