to December 2010
for entrance - �50 for Group Members, �00 for Visitors. Changes
to the programme or unusual dates are shown in red.
Secret Life of the Nightjar� by Phil Palmer
CANCELLED DUE TO
known for his photographs and articles that have appeared in
birding magazines, Phil is very well travelled and regularly
gives lectures based on his photographic trips.
Phil's informative and humorous talks,
accompanied by his high quality photographs are a very popular
the past 16 years he has been involved in a project studying
Nightjars in which this lecture takes us into the secret life of
this strange bird.
Walk on the Wild Side� by Ian Rotherham
D. Rotherham, ecologist and landscape historian, is Reader in
Tourism and Environmental Change at Sheffield Hallam
international authority on cultural and historical aspects of
landscapes, especially peat bogs and peat lands, he also writes
and broadcasts on environmental issues.
around the Pyrenees� by Allan and Susan Parker
and local couple, Allan and Susan Parker will take a look at the
Spanish Pyrenees, the foothills to the south and the plains around
Tudela where fields are flooded to grow rice crops.
With this wide range of habitats
the list of flora and fauna is impressive.
Three out of the four Spanish vultures are present in good
numbers along with many other birds of prey.
In spring the region is excellent not only for breeding
birds but also migrants heading north into Europe.
A good mix of birds with superb scenery.
Celebration of Birds� By Peter Holden
has been an RSPB member for 50 years at The Lodge.
To mark these anniversaries he is
planning on visiting some local RSPB groups to give a very
personal view of the society, the birds and a few of the people
who have shaped the society and nature conservation in Britain
presentation will incorporate some film as well as Peter抯 own
photos and images from the RSPB抯 library.
Birds� By John Wyatt
is currently working on a book on the birds which occurred in
Ancient Egypt from 2000 to 6000 years ago and this talk, which
is illustrated with numerous bird pictures as well as some of
the ancient sites, shows the detective work his team has done to
identify the 180 or so species we have found to date.
This is proving a very popular and
different talk for RSPB Groups and I am sure our members will
enjoy it too. It proves you can bird watch over 2000 years ago
with the right field guides (the wonderful art and artifacts of
Art of Birds� by Steve Cale
lives and works in North Norfolk, with bird-watching and his
wild life art being the primary reasons to live there in this
Steve paints in water colours and
acrylics with all aspects of the natural world appearing in his
paintings. He has a particular love of birds and leading
bird tours around the world gives him endless subjects to paint.
shows and discusses how birds influence his drawing and
painting, both in the field and studio and follows the processes
involved and some of the birds that inspire him.
Facer � 慖ndia � Taj, Tigers and Birds"
and a short Annual General Meeting
Having missed out last year due to the meeting being cancelled
because of snow,
our speaker tonight is none other than our own Geoff Facer.
Geoff has been an active member of the Group for many years, a
well travelled and experienced bird watcher and a committee
member of the SK58 group. His talk takes us on an inspirational
journey to the Indian continent.
Countryside Explained� By Chris Tomson
has been a farm manager for 25 years and 6 years as a
conservation adviser at the Peak District National Park
Authority he has worked for the RSPB based at Denby Dale for the
last 3 years as Regional Agricultural Adviser for Yorkshire,
Humber and the Peak District.
illustrated talk is about landscape history and how the
countryside is used today, featuring farming woodland
management, conservation and recreation including the National
揕ife on the Edge-
A Glimpse into the World of our Seabirds" by
RSPB抯 Keith Clarkson, has led the bird count at RSPB Bempton
Cliffs reserve which is home to England抯 only mainland gannet
colony. The growth in numbers of this awesome bird over the last
40 years has been phenomenal. There were only 20 pairs here in
1988. Now, just 20 years later, there are a staggering 6,000
pairs � with a further 2,500 youngsters trying to establish
This success story is mirrored by the
guillemots on the reserve. They have increased by 25% since the
last full colony count in 2000. In 2008, 60,000 birds were
counted on the cliffs, making RSPB Bempton Cliffs and
Flamborough Head the third largest colony in the UK thus
increasing the importance of Bempton Cliffs in particular, and
the North Sea in general, for these birds.
However, it抯 not all good news.
takes us for a glimpse into the world of our seabirds and their
struggle to survive.