About Indoor Meetings

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.

Future Indoor Meetings

Title Event Date Description

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK – BIRDS, BISON, BEARS and more – we are joined again by Duncan Macdonald from ‘Speyside Wildlife’, starting with a pictorial journey with the spectacular backdrop of the Teton Mountains then north to Yellowstone NP and finishing at “Old Faithful” the famous geyser; the Grande Prismatic Pool, bubbling mud and the travertine terraces at Mammot


BIRDING in BANGLADESH – Rob Sheldon, Chairman of the Ornithological Society of the Middle East, highlights some of the key sites across Bangladesh, hosting some high profile species, including Masked Finfoot, Spoon-billed Sandpiper and a range of other species on many birdwatchers ‘must see’ list

GOSHAWK and WHINCHAT 01-Mar-2019

GOSHAWK and WHINCHAT – Dr Ian Henderson, BTO Senior Research Ecologist International Research, delivers two excellent talks about two very different species. The Goshawk is famous for being an elusive species but so much has now been learnt from their tracking studies in the ‘Brecklands’. The Whinchat has declined rapidly in the last 20 years. Research on Salisbury Plain        and in Africa investigated their migration and about their winter destinations

OWLS of the WORLD 05-Apr-2019

OWLS of the WORLD – Dr Michael Leach has encountered 86 of the 133 species of Owl alive today. In this talk he looks at many of these and tells of his adventures working with them around the globe for more than 20 years. We will meet, amongst others, Great Horned, Snowy, Pygmy, Great Grey and Spectacled Owls. And the biggest of them all, the deer-stalking Eagle Owl! Not to be missed 

Past Indoor Meetings

Title Event Date Description
WILDLIFE of CUBA 07-Dec-2018

WILDLIFE of CUBA – Graham Ekins takes us to the amazing island of Cuba with an incredible variety of endemic birds, reptiles and insects. Fabulous reserves from the forested areas to the beaches and mangroves. Giant Kingbird, Bare-legged Owl, Tawny-shouldered Blackbird, Cuban Nightjar, Blue-headed Quail-dove will all feature. Highly recommended


WILDLIFE of EASTERN EUROPE’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 & Flowers of this unspoilt region. Not to be missed



BIRDS of the RUSSIAN FAR EAST 07-Sep-2018

BIRDS of the RUSSIAN FAR EAST – This is Chris Collins most popular talk reviewing the birds and wildlife of this amazing, but rarely visited region. It includes photographs of Siberian Rubythroat, Steller’s Sea-eagle, Horned & Tufted Puffin, Ribbon Seal plus the critically endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper

Kakapo - Owl Parrot of New Zealand (AGM at 7:30pm) 06-Apr-2018

KAKAPO – OWL PARROT of NEW ZEALAND – 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. 

Due to the cancellation of the March Indoor Meeting the AGM will take place at 7:30pm prior to this talk. 

Wildlife of Eastern Europe (AGM at 19:30) - CANCELLED 02-Mar-2018


The AGM will now take place on 6th April before the April Indoor Meeting and the talk on WILDLIFE of EASTERN EUROPE has been rescehduled for Friday 7th September.

WILDLIFE of EASTERN EUROPE – ‘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 & flowers of this unspoilt region.

Nightjars, Woodlarks & Dartford Warblers 02-Feb-2018

NIGHTJARS, WOODLARKS & DARTFORD WARBLERS – Dr Greg Conway, Research Ecologist with the Terrestrial Ecology Team at the BTO enlightens us about these special species often seen on our Field Trip Meetings, especially when on heathlands or in the unique ‘Brecklands’ area of Suffolk and Norfolk.

Wildlife of Thailand 05-Jan-2018

WILDLIFE of THAILAND – 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?             

In Search of Flower Kissers 01-Dec-2017

In SEARCH of FLOWER KISSERS – 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 abilities. This talk takes a look at one of the world’s most iconic bird species.

Involvement in Birding from the Younger Generation 03-Nov-2017

INVOLVEMENT in BIRDING from the YOUNGER GENERATION; VOLUNTARY CONSERVATION WORK & BIRDING AROUND SOUTHEND – Max Helllicar, 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.

Ecuador - Land of Swordbills & Stinkbirds 06-Oct-2017

ECUADOR, LAND of SWORDBILLS & STINKBIRDS – Bill Baston shows 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 & eastern slopes of the Andes as well as the lowland rainforest along the river Napo.

Spurn Bird Observatory 01-Sep-2017

SPURN BIRD OBSERVATORY – Nick Whitehouse, from Spurn Bird Observatory Trust, enlightens us about the varied work & the unusual bird species seen at SBO, at the end of a 5-mile peninsular projecting out into the North Sea & subject to the elements!

Northwest Year 07-Apr-2017

Chris Galvin shows us the delights of the North West along with the best place in England to see Leach's Petrels. With superb photographs of just what is possible in North West England and North Wales.

AGM + Wildlife of the Falklands 03-Mar-2017

Following AGM ant 19:30, Derek Howes takes us on an epic journey down into the southern Atlantic Ocean to the unique Falkland Islands for a view of the splendid wildlife to be found there along with a few Penguins.

Please note: 19:30 start.

Wild Scotland 03-Feb-2017

Duncan Macdonald brings us splendid images and delights that can be found in various parts of the Scottish Highlands - Eagles, Ptarmigan, Capercaillie, Black Grouse and much more.

Hong Kong & Taiwan 06-Jan-2017

Graham Ekins returns with Mai Po passage waders. Chinese mainland species in Long Valley & Tai Po Kau Reserves. Taiwan endemics. Plus the magical island of Lanyu for so much more.

Birds and Wildlife of Northern Cyprus 02-Dec-2016

Steve Cale shows us a wealth of birds, reptiles, butterflies, insects and flowers which creates this superb Mediterranean Island. Journey with us to this amazing land.

Fighting for Birds 04-Nov-2016

From the Passenger Pigeon to the Hen Harrier. Dr Mark Avery delivers a robust and compelling talk about extinction! The Passenger Pigeon was the most numerous bird species on the planet just 50-years before it was driven to extinction! How? Why? The Hen Harrier, arguably our most beautiful bird-of-prey, is NOW the most intensively persecuted bird in Britain! How? Why?

To be held at TRINITY METHODIST CHURCH, Rainsford Road, Chelmsford, CM1 2XB

What we know about House Martins 07-Oct-2016

Dawn Balmer enlightens us about what do and don't know about House Martins. A species that shares our buildings & how a Survey will help plug a gap in our knowledge.

Digiscoping, what's is all about? 02-Sep-2016

Paul Hackett has been digiscoping since 1998 and gives us an insight into how to get the best photographs by using your birding scopes and binoculars. You are invited to come along and enjoy seeing just how easy it is to learn about this rewarding and growing hobby, and achieve so much!

Garden Birds 01-Apr-2016