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April 2021

Wednesday, 21 April 2021

Newsletter No.11 - keeping in touch

Newsletter No.11 - keeping in touch

This is our eleventh 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 April 2021 newsletter.

Here are some of the contents from the first page:

"Dear All,

Hope you are all well and enjoying the first stage of the road map
out of lock down.

Our next event is;

Shropshire Wildlife with Jim Almond on 11th May

Jim will take a look at the wildlife to be found at several key reserves
and sites within the County of Shropshire. Birds are the main
subject, with key butterflies and dragonflies, plus a scattering of
other interesting guests and a flower or two! It's a roller coaster ride,
starting in the North of the County with Whixall Moss, Wood Lane,
the Meres and Prees Heath. We then visit the South Shropshire
Hills and in particular, the Long Mynd, Catherton Common and
Titterstone Clee. Chelmarsh and the Wrekin bring us back to central
Shropshire before having a good look at the wildlife found at Venus
Pool. The County holds significant rare insects such as the Silver-studded
Blue Butterfly and Keeled Skimmer Dragonfly. The bird life
too, is very diverse. Discover where to see Red Kite, Dipper, Ring
Ouzel, Wood Warbler, Waders and...... far too many to list!

The last talk before the summer break will be:

8th June Ben Chapple - Bears, & Big Cats; Wildlife of the Russian
Far East.

Walks -
Our next walk is on Saturday 22nd May. The start time will be
4.30am on Chingford Plain. This is our dawn chorus walk - further
details nearer the time, but if all goes to plan we should have up to
30 places available.

Warm regards,
Your Friends on the Committee"

The newsletter also contains links to the RSPB YouTube series 'Notes on Nature TV' and first ever national survey of Turtle Doves (volunteers needed), info about Swift Mapper (your data is needed) and a list of the Big Garden Bird Watch top ten.

Please do keep in touch - you can email us at

or follow us on Twitter @RSPBNELondonGrp

or follow us on Facebook - click on the link below to go to our FB page (or go to, as it is a public page, you should not need a Facebook account to view it.

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Tuesday, 13 April 2021

Zoom meeting: Birds & Wildlife of Lundy

Zoom meeting: Birds & Wildlife of Lundy

Andrew Cleave MBE has been visiting Lundy every year for many years so we looked forward to discovering this isle of Puffins, and much more, with him.
This unspoilt island, off the Devon coast, is home to a fascinating array of wildlife amidst dramatic scenery. Andrew is a writer, photographer, lecturer and tour leader with many published works on natural history and environmental subjects so is an excellent guide to the secrets of Lundy.

The format for the meeting is to open the meeting at 7.30pm allowing time for members to join the meeting and 'chat'.
At 8pm we will formally start the meeting with a quick introduction and then hand over to Andrew for his talk.
There will usually be a break part way through to grab a cup of tea. Unfortunately you will have to make your own tea, unlike at a physical meeting!
There will be an opportunity for questions at the end of the talk.

If you are already on our email list, you will receive an email from us with a Zoom link to our talk and further details.
Donations gratefully received to cover Zoom & speaker costs, plus some much-needed funds for the RSPB!

If we do not have details for you, please email us at

We have guides for attending Zoom meetings using a PC/laptop or using a phone/tablet which we will provide if you email us.

The meeting is limited to 100 people because of Zoom licensing rules.
We look forward to seeing you on the evening.

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.