Evening Indoor Meetings 2017 - 2018

The Society holds monthly indoor meetings for most of the year. Usually these are organised for the first Friday of each month. They are typically illustrated talks featuring a prominent local or national speaker.

Indoor meeting start at 20:00 at the Quaker Meeting House, 82 Rainsford Road, Chelmsford CM1 2QL.

Entrance for Members is £3.00, Non-members £4.00, charged on the door. Refreshments served during interval. Meetings start at 20:00 unless stated otherwise (i.e. AGM in March - 19:30). ‘Free’ car parking on site or one minute away next to the County Hotel.

Please note: To prevent damage to the polished wooden floor in the building ‘stiletto’ type high heel shoes and boots are not permitted in the Quaker Meeting House. Thank you for your understanding and co-operation.

Indoor Meeting Calendar 2017 - 2018

Date Title Presenter Description
Friday 1st September 2017 SPURN BIRD OBSERVATORY Nick Whitehouse

Nick Whitehouse from Spurn Bird Observatory Trust, enlightens us about the varied work and unusual bird species seen at SBO situated at the north end of a 3 mile peninsular projecting into the North Sea and open to the elements!

Friday 6th October 2017 ECUADOR, LAND OF SWORDBILLS AND STINKBIRDS Bill Baston


Bill Baston show us much about Ecuador, which has a huge variety of birds, ca. 1600 species, including toucans, owls, woodpeckers, hummingbirds, tanagers, chlorophonias, cotingas, plus one of the largest birds in the world - the Andean Condor. We will visit the western and eastern slopes of the Andes as well as the lowland rainforest along the river Napo.

Friday 3rd November 2017

INVOLVEMENT IN BIRDING FROM THE YOUNGER GENERATION; VOLUNTARY CONSERVATION WORK AND BIRDING AROUND SOUTHEND

Max Hellicar

Max Hellicar, winner of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology Young Birders Event 2017 in Ithaca, New York, USA, gives not 1, not 2, but 3 very different short talks from a young birders perspective.

Friday 1st December 2017 IN SEARCH OF FLOWER KISSERS Dr Michael Leach

Dr Michael Leach shows us some of the 300 species, from the tiny Bee Hummingbird to the giant Patagonian. Everything about 'hummers' is extreme; their colours, heart rate, fearless aggression and breathtaking flying abilites. This talk takes a look at one of the world's most iconic bird species.

Friday 5th January 2018 WILDLIFE OF THAILAND Graham Ekins

Ecologist Graham Ekins shows us some of the wintering and resident birds of fabulous Thailand, with its diversity of wildlife and habitats; from the saltpans south of Bangkok with Eastern Long-billed Curlews, Malaysian Plovers, Spoon-billed Sandpipers, Nordmann's Greenshank and flocks of Great Knot. West to the vast tropical forests of Kaeng Krachen, rich in insects, mammals and birds, to coastal Krabi and the upland forests of Khao Luang. Then north and the 3 forested mountains of Doi Inthanon, Doi Lang and Doi Ang Khang with their wealth of wintering Asian species including 25 warblers, numerous flycatchers, thrushes plus Himalayan species. Will two hours be enough?

Friday 2nd February 2018

 

NIGHTJARS, WOODLARKS AND DARTFORD WARBLERS

 

Dr Greg Conway Dr Greg Conway, Research Ecologist with the Terrestrial Ecology Team at the BTO enlightens us about these special species often seen on Field Trip Meetings, especially when on heathlands or in the unique 'Brecklands' area of Suffolk and Norfolk.

Friday 2nd March 2018

WILDLIFE OF EASTERN EUROPE (AGM AT 19:30)

Steve Grimwade

 

'Swallow Birding' tour guide Steve Grimwade takes us on a fantastic journey through Poland, Hungary, Belarus and Bulgaria showcasing the amazing variety of birds, butterflies and flowers of this unspoilt region.

 

Friday 6th April 2018 KAKAPO - OWL PARROT OF NEW ZEALAND Ed Keeble Ed Keeble introduces us to the endemic Kakapo, one of the world's rarest and most extraordinary birds. It came close to extinction in the latter half of the 20th Century and is currently subject to one of the most intensive recovery programmes ever attempted.