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March 2021

Monday, 22 March 2021

Newsletter No.10 - keeping in touch

Newsletter No.10 - keeping in touch

This is our tenth newsletter since the suspension of our regular meetings and walks programme.

If you click on the 'Download file' link (scroll down to the last line of this News item), then you will see our 2-page March 2021 newsletter.

Here are some of the contents from the first page:

"Dear All,

Hope you are all well.

Time does fly as it is now a year since our last meeting at St. Mary's church hall. Whilst the government has outlined a planned route map for a return to near normal life, our next meetings will still be zoom ones.

On 13th April we welcome Andrew Cleave MBE who is speaking on Birds and Wildlife of Lundy.

Andrew is a committee member of the Lundy Field Society and is presently involved with a survey of the island's flora. His published works, numbering over 30 titles so far, cover a range of natural history and environmental subjects, and include field guides to Birds, Trees, Wild Flowers, Seashore Life as well as Biology Revision Guides and numerous articles in magazines and journals.

Walks - These are potentially the first of our activities that we can start up again. This is dependent on the roadmap out of the Covid restrictions staying on course and the guidance of the RSPB to advise us when it is legal and safe to do so. We are planning to have a walk on the 17th April. At that time, groups of six will be allowed to meet, so a walk of two groups of six should be possible. Further details to follow nearer the date.

Following on from this a dawn chorus walk is planned for the 22nd May. By this time, a group of up to 30 people should be able to meet outside.

Don't forget to look out for the results of the Big Garden Bird Watch

Warm regards,
Your Friends on the Committee"

The newsletter also contains a call for nature's recovery by 2030 (with a petition link), news about Walthamstow Wetlands and remembering Emily Williamson, founder of the RSPB.

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Tuesday, 9 March 2021

Zoom meeting: Birding the Heart of Europe -report

Zoom meeting: Birding the Heart of Europe -report

Our previous evenings with Simon have been full of interest, entertainment and amazing facts as we enjoyed his very creative sound and vision presentations and this evening he took us to Hungary.

We explored with him three different areas of Hungary that he knows well and as his photos appeared on our screens, they were accompanied by wonderful sound scapes so we felt we were walking the steppe and the verges with him.
Amazing bird sounds greeted us as the birds were shown in their various habitats. He also employed techniques to overlay a set of birds on an appropriate scene (with their songs) so we could compare them e.g. five different warblers in a reed bed.

So many stunning bird species such as the Great Bustard strutting its stuff on the Hortobagy, Red-footed Falcons, Eastern Imperial Eagle, Saker Falcon, not forgetting the fantastic horns of the Hungarian cattle and sheep!

Then there were the wetland birds using the fish ponds created in 1916 - there's even a narrow gauge railway that will take you the 5km on a Sunday to visit them!

It wasn't all birds - flowers, butterflies, snakes and mammals were included too. The Bukk Hills support around 1,500 plant species but they also have nine species of woodpecker. The clip of the Collared Flycatcher singing was one of my favourites but the Black Woodpecker is always an impressive bird - just too hard to choose.

An excellent evening (despite a few broadband hiccups) with a Chat filled with messages of people determined to visit Hungary. So many thanks to Simon for all the effort and care he puts into his presentations.

Click on the link below (or go to to see our Facebook page with photos from our walks and posts which we hope will be of interest.