Events

OWN TRANSPORT FIELD TRIPS and MINIBUS FIELD TRIPS have been suspended for the foreseeable future because of Covid 19 and on the advice of RSPB.

INDOOR MEETINGS have also been suspended for the foreseeable future but we will be running monthly Zoom Presentations for current members on TUESDAY evenings at 7.30 pm from August 2020 onwards. For the group to cover the cost of our Zoom charge and the speaker's fee we suggest a donation after each meeting. You can pay online or send a cheque to our Treasurer.

January 2021

Tue
26

RSPB South Wilts 2020 AGM on Zoom

Location: Virtually on Zoom - in your own home!

The RSPB South Wilts 2020 AGM was postponed because of Covid 19 but now we are all more used to using Zoom we are going to hold the AGM on Zoom.

Local Group members will receive financial accounts to 31 March 2020 and a form to re-elect the committee by email or post in advance of the meeting. After the very short AGM we will have 2 twenty minute presentations: "RSPB Rainham Marshes Update" by Andrew Gouldstone and "Operation Turtle Dove" by Emma Stobart.

Access to the AGM will be via a Meeting ID and Password - emailed to members a day or so beforehand by our Membership Secretary.

The Zoom AGM will start at 7.30 pm and you can join in from 7.10 pm. If you haven't used Zoom before you'll need to register on their website - it's free with no obligation.

Let's make this AGM our biggest ever! Do join in on TUESDAY 26 JANUARY.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: FREE (Suggested donation for talks)

Telephone: 01722 712713

E-mail: goddard543@hotmail.com

Sun
31

Garston Wood Winter Coppicing - NOT ADVISABLE DURING CURRENT LOCKDOWN

Location: We meet at 10 am in the main public car park at the northern end of Garston Wood, one and a half miles north of Sixpenny Handley on the Bowerchalke road (SU 003195). In the event of very bad weather phone 01722 712713 to check if the task has been cancelled.
Latitude/longitude: 50.975014,-1.996202 (Google map)

NOT ADVISABLE DURING CURRENT LOCKDOWN

Woodland work for wildlife continues at Garston Wood, on Sundays and Wednesdays, throughout the winter. Covid-safe working practice will be maintained.

The work undertaken is vital to maintain the rich diversity of plant and animal life in this beautiful RSPB reserve, and is also healthy good fun - visiting the "Green Gym!" or "Natural Health Service!".

Staff from RSPB Arne will run these work parties - tools and supervised training are all provided.

You will need to bring your own work gloves if possible and hand sanitiser with 70% alcohol. If you haven't got gloves, or forget them, RSPB will give you a new pair on loan for the winter season. Bring your own drinks and a packed lunch if you can stay all day, but do come if you can only spare a half-day.

Time: 10 am to 3.30 pm if you can stay all day.

Price: FREE, and TOOLS AND TUITION ARE PROVIDED

Telephone: 01722 712713

E-mail: goddard543@hotmail.com

February 2021

Tue
9

Born to Travel - Birds without Borders by Peter Holden, on Zoom

Location: In the comfort of your own home, via Zoom!

Peter will give us his answers to the following questions: How far can a bird fly without stopping? Which bird experiences more daylight than any other living creature? How high in the sky do migrating birds travel? Where might that blackbird in your garden go in winter? Why is the sound of the Turtle Dove disappearing from the British countryside?

To access our monthly Zoom Presentations you need to join RSPB South Wilts Local Group if you aren't already a member. Do this from The RSPB South Wilts website and on the Join Page DON'T fill out the obvious blank form but click the link to download a new printable form with details of how to pay by bank transfer or cheque. It's only £5 and you will get a monthly Zoom meeting link every month well into 2021.

Access to each meeting will be via a Meeting ID and Password - emailed to Local Group members a day or so beforehand.

Our February talk start at 7.30 pm and will be shown on Zoom (join the meeting from 7.10 pm). We have a new format of two 35 minute halves with a ten minute interval.

If you haven't used Zoom before you'll need to register on their website - it's free with no obligation.

At the end of the presentation Tony Goddard will explain how you can make a donation, should you wish to.

Time: Zoom Meeting opens at 7.10 pm for a 7.30 pm start

Price: £5 annual membership of South Wilts RSPB only but "Zoom" donations are very welcome!

Telephone: 01722712713

E-mail: goddard543@hotmail.com

Wed
10

Garston Wood Winter Coppicing - NOT ADVISABLE DURING CURRENT LOCKDOWN

Location: We meet at 10 am in the main public car park, one and a quarter miles north of Sixpenny Handley on the Bowerchalke road (SU 003195). In the event of bad weather phone Tony on 01722 712713 to check if the task has been cancelled.
Latitude/longitude: 50.974764,-1.996251 (Google map)

NOT ADVISABLE DURING CURRENT LOCKDOWN

Woodland work for wildlife continues at Garston Wood, on Sundays and Wednesdays, throughout the winter. Covid-safe working practice will be maintained.

The work undertaken is vital to maintain the rich diversity of plant and animal life in this beautiful RSPB reserve, and is also healthy good fun - visiting the "Green Gym!" or "Natural Health Service!".

Staff from RSPB Arne will run these work parties - tools and supervised training are all provided.

You will need to bring your own work gloves if possible and hand sanitiser with 70% alcohol. If you haven't got gloves, or forget them, RSPB will give you a new pair on loan for the winter season. Bring your own drinks and a packed lunch if you can stay all day, but do come if you can only spare a half-day.

Time: 10 am to 3.30 pm if you can stay all day

Price: FREE, and TOOLS AND TUITION ARE PROVIDED

Telephone: 01722 712713

E-mail: goddard543@hotmail.com

Sun
21

Garston Wood Winter Coppicing - NOT ADVISABLE DURING CURRENT LOCKDOWN

Location: We meet at 10 am in the main car park at the northern end of the reserve, one and a quarter miles north of Sixpenny Handley on the Bowerchalke road (SU 003195). In the event of very bad weather phone Tony on 01722 712713 to check if the task has been cancelled.
Latitude/longitude: 50.975014,-1.996202 (Google map)

NOT ADVISABLE DURING CURRENT LOCKDOWN

Woodland work for wildlife continues at Garston Wood, on Sundays and Wednesdays, throughout the winter. Covid-safe working practice will be maintained.

The work undertaken is vital to maintain the rich diversity of plant and animal life in this beautiful RSPB reserve, and is also healthy good fun - visiting the "Green Gym!" or "Natural Health Service!".

Staff from RSPB Arne will run these work parties - tools and supervised training are all provided.

You will need to bring your own work gloves if possible and hand sanitiser with 70% alcohol. If you haven't got gloves, or forget them, RSPB will give you a new pair on loan for the winter season. Bring your own drinks and a packed lunch if you can stay all day, but do come if you can only spare a half-day.

Time: 10 am to 3.30 pm if you can stay all day

Price: FREE, and TOOLS AND TUITION ARE PROVIDED

Telephone: 01722 712713

E-mail: goddard543@hotmail.com

March 2021

Tue
9

2020, a Year in the Wild New Forest by Russell Wynn and Marcus Ward, on Zoom

Location: In the comfort of your own home, via Zoom!

Russell and Marcus of Wild New Forest will provide an overview of their recent adventures in the New Forest National Park, including their endeavour to find "2020 in 2020" - an ambitious attempt to find 2,020 animal and plant species over the course of 2020 within the 566 square km of the New Forest.

To access our monthly Zoom Presentations you need to join RSPB South Wilts Local Group if you aren't already a member. Do this from The RSPB South Wilts website and on the Join Page DON'T fill out the obvious blank form but click the link to download a new printable form with details of how to pay by bank transfer or cheque. It's only £5 and you will get a monthly Zoom meeting link every month well into 2021.

Access to each meeting will be via a Meeting ID and Password - emailed to Local Group members a day or so beforehand.

The talk starts at 7.30 pm and will be shown on Zoom (join the meeting from 7.10 pm). The format is two 35 minute halves with a ten minute interval.

If you haven't used Zoom before you'll need to register on their website - it's free with no obligation.

At the end of the presentation Tony Goddard will explain how you can make a donation, should you wish to.

Time: Zoom Meeting opens at 7.10 pm for a 7.30 pm start

Price: £5 annual membership of South Wilts RSPB only but "Zoom" donations are very welcome!

Telephone: 01722712713

E-mail: goddard543@hotmail.com

Wed
10

Garston Wood Winter Coppicing - NOT ADVISABLE DURING CURRENT LOCKDOWN

Location: We meet at 10 am in the main public car park at the northern end of the reserve, one and a half miles north of Sixpenny Handley on the Bowerchalke road (SU 003195). In the event of very bad weather phone 01722 712713 to check if the task has been cancelled.
Latitude/longitude: 50.975014,-1.996202 (Google map)

NOT ADVISABLE DURING CURRENT LOCKDOWN

Woodland work for wildlife continues at Garston Wood, on Sundays and Wednesdays, throughout the winter. Covid-safe working practice will be maintained.

The work undertaken is vital to maintain the rich diversity of plant and animal life in this beautiful RSPB reserve, and is also healthy good fun - visiting the "Green Gym!" or "Natural Health Service!".

Staff from RSPB Arne will run these work parties - tools and supervised training are all provided.

You will need to bring your own work gloves if possible and hand sanitiser with 70% alcohol. If you haven't got gloves, or forget them, RSPB will give you a new pair on loan for the winter season. Bring your own drinks and a packed lunch if you can stay all day, but do come if you can only spare a half-day.

Time: 10 am to 3.30 pm if you can stay all day

Price: FREE, and TOOLS AND TUITION ARE PROVIDED

Telephone: 01722 712713

E-mail: goddard543@hotmail.com

Sun
21

Garston Wood Winter Coppicing

Location: We meet at 10 am in the main public car park at the northern end of the reserve, one and a half miles north of Sixpenny Handley on the Bowerchalke road (SU 003195). In the event of bad weather phone 01722 712713 to check if the task has been cancelled.
Latitude/longitude: 50.975014,-1.996202 (Google map)

Woodland work for wildlife continues at Garston Wood, on Sundays and Wednesdays, throughout the winter. Covid-safe working practice will be maintained.

The work undertaken is vital to maintain the rich diversity of plant and animal life in this beautiful RSPB reserve, and is also healthy good fun - visiting the "Green Gym!" or "Natural Health Service!".

Staff from RSPB Arne will run these work parties - tools and supervised training are all provided.

You will need to bring your own work gloves if possible and hand sanitiser with 70% alcohol. If you haven't got gloves, or forget them, RSPB will give you a new pair on loan for the winter season. Bring your own drinks and a packed lunch if you can stay all day, but do come if you can only spare a half-day.

Time: 10 am to 3.30 pm if you can stay all day

Price: FREE, and TOOLS AND TUITION ARE PROVIDED

Telephone: 01722 712713

E-mail: goddard543@hotmail.com

April 2021

Tue
13

The Wetlands of Somerset by Damon Bridge, on Zoom

Location: In the comfort of your own home, via Zoom!

The vast reed beds of the Avalon Marshes and the extensive floodplains of the Polden Hills provide perfect conditions for cranes, bitterns, otters and much more. The levels teem with migrant ducks and waders (and roosting starlings) in winter and are host to breeding herons, feeding hobbies and fluting songbirds in spring and summer. Damon is RSPB Conservation Officer across the Somerset Levels and Moors and ran the Crane Reintroduction Project.

To access our monthly Zoom Presentations you need to join RSPB South Wilts Local Group if you aren't already a member. Do this from The RSPB South Wilts website and on the Join Page DON'T fill out the obvious blank form but click the link to download a new printable form with details of how to pay by bank transfer or cheque. It's only £5 and you will get a monthly Zoom meeting link every month well into 2021.
Access to each meeting will be via a Meeting ID and Password - emailed to Local Group members a day or so beforehand.

The talk starts at 7.30 pm and will be shown on Zoom (join the meeting from 7.10 pm). The format is two 35 minute halves with a ten minute interval.

If you haven't used Zoom before you'll need to register on their website - it's free with no obligation.

At the end of the presentation Tony Goddard will explain how you can make a donation, should you wish to.

Time: Zoom Meeting opens at 7.10 pm for a 7.30 pm start

Price: £5 annual membership of South Wilts RSPB only but "Zoom" donations are very welcome!

Telephone: 01722 712713

E-mail: goddard543@hotmail.com

May 2021

Tue
11

Fynbos Spring - Birds and Flowers of the Cape by John Buckingham, on Zoom

Location: In the comfort of your own home, via Zoom!

At the tip of South Africa, the magnificent Cape is alive during its 'Mediterranean' Spring with stunning carpets of unique and beautiful flowers. Rare mammals flourish in a wealth of National Parks and endemic birds are everywhere.

To access our monthly Zoom Presentations you need to join RSPB South Wilts Local Group if you aren't already a member. Do this from The RSPB South Wilts website and on the Join Page DON'T fill out the obvious blank form but click the link to download a new printable form with details of how to pay by bank transfer or cheque. It's only £5 and you will get a monthly Zoom meeting link every month well into 2021.
Access to each meeting will be via a Meeting ID and Password - emailed to Local Group members a day or so beforehand.

The talk starts at 7.30 pm and will be shown on Zoom (join the meeting from 7.10 pm). The format is two 35 minute halves with a ten minute interval.

If you haven't used Zoom before you'll need to register on their website - it's free with no obligation.

At the end of the presentation Tony Goddard will explain how you can make a donation, should you wish to.

Time: Zoom Meeting opens at 7.10 pm for a 7.30 pm start

Price: £5 annual membership of South Wilts RSPB only but "Zoom" donations are very welcome!

Telephone: 01722712713

E-mail: goddard543@hotmail.com

June 2021

Tue
8

Owls of the World by Michael Leach, on Zoom

Location: In the comfort of your own home, via Zoom!

Mike shares his passion for owls and tells of his adventures when studying great horned, snowy, pygmy, great grey, spectacled and the massive eagle owl for over 20 years.

To access our monthly Zoom Presentations you need to join RSPB South Wilts Local Group if you aren't already a member. Do this from The RSPB South Wilts website and on the Join Page DON'T fill out the obvious blank form but click the link to download a new printable form with details of how to pay by bank transfer or cheque. It's only £5 and you will get a monthly Zoom meeting link every month well into 2021.
Access to each meeting will be via a Meeting ID and Password - emailed to Local Group members a day or so beforehand.

The talk starts at 7.30 pm and will be shown on Zoom (join the meeting from 7.10 pm). The format is two 35 minute halves with a ten minute interval.

If you haven't used Zoom before you'll need to register on their website - it's free with no obligation.

At the end of the presentation Tony Goddard will explain how you can make a donation, should you wish to.

Time: Zoom Meeting opens at 7.10 pm for a 7.30 pm start

Price: £5 annual membership of South Wilts RSPB only but "Zoom" donations are very welcome!

Telephone: 01722 712713

E-mail: goddard543@hotmail.com

July 2021

Tue
13

Birds Britannia by Stephen Moss, on Zoom

Location: In the comfort of your own home, via Zoom!

What did birds ever do for us?! We Brits love our birds. They hold a special place in our hearts - whether it's the sound of birdsong on a spring morning, the sight of a Barn Owl hunting on a summer's evening, or a Robin perched on our garden spade.

Stephen delves into the worlds of Sea Birds (Puffin, Sea Eagle and Gannet), Water Birds (Kingfisher, Swan and Avocet), Countryside Birds (Red Grouse, Nightingale and Skylark ) and Town & Garden Birds (Robin, House Sparrow and Magpie), weaving their stories together to tell different stories about the changing face of Britain.

Time: Zoom Meeting opens at 7.10 pm for a 7.30 pm start

Price: £5 annual membership of South Wilts RSPB only but "Zoom" donations are very welcome!

Telephone: 01722 712713

E-mail: goddard543@hotmail.com

August 2021

Tue
10

From Kruger to the Highveld by Keith Offord, on Zoom

Location: In the comfort of your own home, via Zoom!

The immense Kruger National Park and its varied habitat give amazing opportunities for a range of fauna, including leopard, serval, caracal, wild dog and white rhino. Birds include many only found on the eastern side of Africa, and those on the forested Drakensburg Highveld are from a completely different range of species.

To access our monthly Zoom Presentations you need to join RSPB South Wilts Local Group if you aren't already a member. Do this from The RSPB South Wilts website and on the Join Page DON'T fill out the obvious blank form but click the link to download a new printable form with details of how to pay by bank transfer or cheque. It's only £5 and you will get a monthly Zoom meeting link every month well into 2021.
Access to each meeting will be via a Meeting ID and Password - emailed to Local Group members a day or so beforehand.

The talk starts at 7.30 pm and will be shown on Zoom (join the meeting from 7.10 pm). The format is two 35 minute halves with a ten minute interval.

If you haven't used Zoom before you'll need to register on their website - it's free with no obligation.

At the end of the presentation Tony Goddard will explain how you can make a donation, should you wish to.

Time: Zoom Meeting opens at 7.10 pm for a 7.30 pm start

Price: £5 annual membership of South Wilts RSPB only but "Zoom" donations are very welcome!

Telephone: 01722 712713

E-mail: goddard543@hotmail.com