Events

Everyone is welcome to come to any of our events. For more information please use the contact details shown for each event.

March 2021

Wed
3

From Tigers to Tesias - The Wildlife of Northern India - Andrew Cleave

Location: On Zoom

This talk will take in several reserves, including Bharatpur, which, in the days of the British Empire, was an exclusive game reserve where tens of thousands of wildfowl were shot, but is now one of the world's top birding spots, fully protected and carefully managed. Home to a staggering variety of birds, it is also an ideal place to see monkeys, snakes, deer and other wildlife.

Andrew Cleave is a natural historian, tour-leader, lecturer, writer, wildlife photographer and founding director of the Bird Photographer of the Year Competition. Before retirement he taught and ran an environmental education centre and has been appointed MBE for services to Environmental Education.

Time: 7.30pm

Price: Richmond & Twickenham Local Group members free, non-members suggested donation £5.

E-mail: claremillion@gmail.com

Tue
9

Aotearoa - Land of the Long White Cloud - Mike Read

Location: On Zoom

Mike has been a freelance photographer for the past 35 years and specialises in birds, flowers, mammals and other wildlife as well as landscapes. His talk and stunning photography takes the form of a tour he co-led to New Zealand. It will include coastal locations and islands for seabirds including albatrosses, as well as forests and glaciers and the lower slopes of Mount Cooke. Many endemic species have come close to extinction due to introduced predators which the New Zealand government is working hard to eradicate. Many of these rarities will be mentioned in Mike's talk alongside his beautiful images.

Time: 7.30pm

Price: Richmond & Twickenham Local Group members free, non-members suggested donation £5.

E-mail: claremillion@gmail.com

April 2021

Wed
7

Get inVOLEd - A Community Working to Bring Back Water Voles - Elliot Newton

Location: On Zoom

Elliot will introduce us to one of the UK's most charismatic, though unfortunately fastest declining mammals, the water vole. He will tell us about the Get InVOLEd project which works to inspire, empower and mobilise local people to support the reintroduction of water voles to the Hogsmill catchment in South West London.

Elliot is the Biodiversity Officer for the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. He was the co-founder of Citizen Zoo, Kingston Biodiversity Network and People for Pangolins. Elliot loves urban wildlife and rewilding, and is passionate about involving the whole of our local community in taking action to improve our local, national and global natural environment.

Time: 7.30pm

Price: Richmond & Twickenham Local Group members free, non-members suggested donation £5.

E-mail: claremillion@gmail.com

Tue
13

The Miracle of Bird Migration - Explained - Mark James Pearson

Location: On Zoom

Mark makes a welcome return to our group, this time to reveal the mysteries of the fascinating and magical phenomenon of bird migration. By following several familiar birds on their journeys to and from the UK, Mark explains the mysteries without taking away the magic - you'll never look at robins and mallards in the same way again.......

Mark has a lifelong love of birds and wildlife and shares his passion as a nature writer, public speaker, field ornithologist and nature guide. His nature writing has been widely published in magazines such as Birdwatch, and he has presented features on Springwatch and Autumnwatch.

Time: 7.30pm

Price: Richmond & Twickenham Local Group members free, non-members suggested donation £5.

E-mail: claremillion@gmail.com

May 2021

Wed
5

Rewilding Ealing: allotments and owls - Sean McCormack (plus 2021 AGM)

Location: On Zoom

Sean McCormack is a qualified vet and lifelong naturalist with a passion for wildlife conservation and education. The innovative and inspiring Ealing Wildlife Group he set up in 2016 has done a huge amount to promote awareness and conservation of local wildlife.

Sean, who has previously spoken to us about the EWG's work, will tell us about the group's ambitious project to turn some disused allotments into a nature reserve and education centre in Costons Lane, Ealing and will share his experiences of the successes (or otherwise) of the 20 owl boxes that have been installed at various locations around the borough.

The talk will be proceeded by our Group's (brief!) 2021 AGM.

Time: 7.30pm

Price: Richmond & Twickenham Local Group members free, non-members suggested donation £5.

E-mail: claremillion@gmail.com

Tue
11

Magic in the Wind - nature and conservation in the Falklands - Sasha Cleminson

Location: On Zoom

The Falklands have an extremely important natural legacy and are host to a staggering richness in breeding and migrant seabirds and penguins. Internationally important populations of seals, sea-lions and endangered whales feed in the surrounding ocean, making the conservation of the Falklands' marine environment and coastline critically important.

Sasha works for the RSPB and is based in Stanley on the Falkland Islands. His talk will give us an introduction to the islands, some of their history which explains how they are today, their wildlife and the conservation work the RSPB is involved in there.

Time: 7.30pm

Price: Richmond & Twickenham Local Group members free, non-members suggested donation £5.

E-mail: claremillion@gmail.com

June 2021

Tue
8

Mambas, Shoebills, Elephants & Landmines - Adventures in Africa - Stephen Spawls PLEASE NOTE DATE!

Location: On Zoom

Lecturer and author Stephen Spawls will entertain us with tales of his many wildlife adventures in Africa, drawing on a total of 40 years spent on that continent. He has lived in Kenya (where he went at the age of four), Egypt, Botswana and Ethiopia.

Stephen's major interest is herpetology, although he is also a keen birdwatcher. He caught his first chameleon at the age of six and lost a finger to a puff adder at 17! His publications include 'Kenya, A Natural History', 'A Field Guide to East African reptiles' and he was recently involved in revising a guide to Africa's dangerous snakes.

Time: 7.30pm

Price: Richmond & Twickenham Local Group members free, non-members suggested donation £5.

E-mail: claremillion@gmail.com

July 2021

Wed
7

52 Shades of Green: Britain's best wildlife-watching weekends - James Lowen

Location: On Zoom

Drawing on his best-selling book '52 Wildlife Weekends: a year of Britain's best wildlife-watching breaks', James will escort us the length and breadth of the country to share Britain's very best wildlife watching breaks: from puffins to porpoises, otters to orchids, and frog to fritillaries. This talk is a firm favourite at the British Birdwatching Fair. It's also guaranteed to fill us with ideas as we plan for life after lockdown!

James is a professional photographer and multi-award-winning author of 11 nature and travel books making wildlife accessible to the non-specialist. He is a columnist in Bird Watching and The Countryman magazines and regular feature and travel writer for BBC Wildlife and The Telegraph.

Time: 7.30pm

Price: Richmond & Twickenham Local Group members free, non-members suggested donation £5.

E-mail: claremillion@gmail.com