Events

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

October 2020

Tue
20

Swifts - the birds you can help - Edward Mayer on Zoom Please note date!

Location: Due to Covid-19 restrictions this talk will be delivered by Zoom. Talks are free for members of the RSPB Richmond and Twickenham Local Group - non-members are very welcome to join us, the charge is £5 per talk - please contact claremillion@gmail.com for joining instructions.

Edward will share with us some of his incredibly vast knowledge on swifts and explain how we can best support them in our towns and cities and help reverse their rapidly declining population so that they continue to nest in the UK.

Edward's working career has been mostly in buildings and facilities management, but he has loved swifts since childhood. Having become aware of their decline in the 1990s, Edward wanted to create awareness of this and so set up "Swift Conservation" a web-based advice service, celebrating swifts, and showing what can be done to save them.

Time: 7.30pm

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

E-mail: claremillion@gmail.com

November 2020

Wed
4

The women who save the birds - the birth of the RSPB - Tessa Boase on Zoom

Location: Due to Covid-19 restrictions this talk will be delivered by Zoom. Talks are free for members of the RSPB Richmond and Twickenham Local Group - non-members are very welcome to join us, the charge is £5 per talk - please contact claremillion@gmail.com for joining instructions.

Tessa is an acclaimed historian and journalist who contributes to a wide range of national newspapers and magazines. Her talk is based on her latest book 'Mrs Pankhurst's Purple Feather - Fashion, Fury and Feminism - Women's fight for change'

Hear all about the rise and rise of 'murderous millinery' - and the women who fought back on behalf of the birds. From the first polite Victorian tea party, to billboard parades at the summer sales, to an angry brick through the Home Office window. This is the fascinating untold story behind the birth of the RSPB.

Time: 7.30pm

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

E-mail: claremillion@gmail.com

Tue
10

From goshawks to humpbacks, wildlife of the North York Moors National Park - Richard Baines on Zoom

Location: Due to Covid-19 restrictions this talk will be delivered by Zoom. Talks are free for members of the RSPB Richmond and Twickenham Local Group - non-members are very welcome to join us, the charge is £5 per talk - please contact claremillion@gmail.com for joining instructions.

An illustrated talk with high quality images focusing on the wide diversity of wildlife from orchids through birds of prey to whales found in this beautiful National Park. Richard will also provide an insight into its ecology and share top tips of where to go and what to find.

Richard is a bird and wildlife guide and the joint owner of Yorkshire Coast Nature, set up in 2011, which runs bird watching and wildlife holidays, wildlife photography workshops and birding discovery days. He has been interested in birds since he was a child and spent his teenage years, in the 1980s twitching many rare birds.

Time: 7.30pm

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

E-mail: claremillion@gmail.com

December 2020

Tue
8

The Great Bear Rainforest - home of the Spirit Bear - Matt Collis on Zoom Please note date!

Location: Due to Covid-19 restrictions this talk will be delivered by Zoom. Talks are free for members of the RSPB Richmond and Twickenham Local Group - non-members are very welcome to join us, the charge is £5 per talk - please contact claremillion@gmail.com for joining instructions.

Situated on the west coast of British Columbia lies one of the last great tracts of unspoilt wilderness in the world; the Great Bear Wilderness. Rarely visited except for the fishermen and the First Nations who call it home, this continuous stretch of temperate rainforest holds many secrets but none more sacred than that of Moksgm'ol, known colloquially as the Spirit Bear.
Hear how a whole population of white bears went undiscovered for centuries protected under the watchful eyes of the local population and the ancestors. Discover how an entire oceanic ecosystem has become intrinsically intertwined with that of this rainforest. Finally, learn how multiple threats have converged on this virgin land which not only threaten the bears but could unpick the threads holding this web of beauty together.
Matt, an ecologist, environmentalist and tour guide based in Devon, returns by popular request, following his excellent online talk on cuckoos. He says "In a world so disconnected from nature, I aspire to help people rediscover the natural world and promote the importance of its conservation."

Time: 7.30pm

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