News archive

June 2021

Wednesday, 23 June 2021

Newsletter No.13 - keeping in touch

Newsletter No.13 - keeping in touch

This is our thirteenth 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 June 2021 newsletter.

Here are some of the contents from the first page:

"Dear All,

We hope you are all well.

We have now reached our summer break and there will be no meetings in July and August. We hope you will be enjoying the summer months.

Our next meeting is scheduled for the second Tuesday of September (14th Sept) with a presentation by David Wilding about Otmoor RSPB Reserve. The key question for now is whether the meeting will be a zoom meeting, or in person at St Mary's Hall, South Woodford our normal meeting place. I suspect that only time will tell and whatever the decision, we will keep you informed.

Our next walk is planned for Saturday 18th September at Wanstead Flats/Park.

The Wren Wildlife and Conservation Group are having their first field meeting, with two events, since lockdown next Saturday 26th June at Wanstead Park. A botany-focused walk in the morning and an invertebrate-focused 'expert showcase' walk in the afternoon.
See for details, as you will need to book if interested.

Campaigns Volunteer

Our group is looking for a Campaigns Volunteer. The North East London local group needs someone to support our campaign work. We cannot stress enough what a huge difference signatures on petitions, pledge cards etc. does make to the success of the campaign. Such a groundswell of support gives us a very loud voice when it comes to lobbying for lasting change for birds, wildlife and the environment.

If you are interested there is more information on the RSPB website

Warm regards,
Your Friends on the Committee"

The newsletter also contains links to Nature Conservation Volunteering in Redbridge, photos of a Black-necked Grebe and a Skylark, and information about two different local campaigns - 'East London Waterworks Park' and 'Save Redbridge Lane West Allotments'.

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, 8 June 2021

Zoom meeting: Bears & Big Cats - Wildlife of the Russian Far East

Zoom meeting: Bears & Big Cats - Wildlife of the Russian Far East

The Russian Far East is home to some of our planet's most iconic wildlife, above all the magnificent Siberian (or Amur) Tiger, the largest and arguably most elusive of big cats. Visiting such remote destinations inevitably brings challenges, and can be a true adventure, encountering some of Russia's most astonishing wildlife including leopards, bears and birds.

Ben Chapple has visited this area as a guide for Naturetrek, a wildlife tour company. He grew up on the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset - the UK's most biodiverse area; this helped to trigger his love of natural history (completing a master's degree at UCL in 'Biodiversity, Evolution & Conservation'), and he has since travelled widely in search of wildlife.

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 Ben 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.