A WILDLIFE TOUR OF EAST ANGLIA (after AGM at 19:30)
A Wildlife Tour of East Anglia – Liz Huxley. We live in a fantastic part of the country for wildlife and this talk takes us through each month of the year, picking out some of the key sites to visit around East Anglia and some of the special target species to look out for.
THE WILDLIFE OF COPPED HALL
The Wildlife of Copped Hall - Peter Warne. Copped Hall is a mainly Georgian mansion (there is a Victorian wing) which was extensively damaged by fire in 1917. Surrounded by 25 acres of gardens and lying close to the northern edge of Epping Forrest it is well positioned to provide a home for a diverse selection of wildlife.
SCOTLAND – WILDLIFE OF THE HIGHLANDS & ISLANDS
Scotland - Wildlife of the Highlands & Islands – Steve Grimwade. Swallow Birding & Wildlife's Steve Grimwade takes us on a journey, showcasing the amazing and diverse wildlife that can be found in the Scottish Highlands, the Islands of Mull and the Outer Hebrides! Not to be missed!
BTO WORK ON CURLEWS & WADERS (Online Only)
BTO Work on Curlews & Waders (Online Only) – Samantha Franks. Sam's interests focus on exploring how our changing environment is influencing bird populations. After several years working in the Alaskan Arctic, she joined BTO in 2013 and is leading elements of the BTO's breeding wader research, with a particular focus on Curlew.
Dungeness - Valerie Vile. Val will cover the ecology, diversity of wildlife and the history of Dungeness and why it is so unique. She will also tell us how the area has changed, and some of the key challenges it faces and how this may affect its future along with the sister reserve along the coast at Worth Marshes.
WILD ISLANDS: THE NATURE OF THE FALKLANDS (Online Only)
Wild Islands: The Nature of the Falklands (Online Only) - Mark Sisson. This talk coincides with the publication of Mark's latest book of the same title, produced in association with Falklands Conservation. This wonderful archipelago has become almost a spiritual photographic home for Mark over the last decade that he has been photographing there, and this talk looks to illustrate just why.
WHY DO BIRDS SING AT DAWN? THE ECOLOGY OF THE DAWN CHORUS
Why do Birds Sing at Dawn? The Ecology of the Dawn Chorus - Stuart Brooker. The avian dawn chorus is a period of high song output performed daily around sunrise during the breeding season. Singing at dawn is of such significance to birds that they remain motivated to do so amid the noise of numerous others. Yet we still do not fully understand why the dawn chorus occurs. This talk will review the physiological, behavioural and environmental factor affecting the dawn chorus and the current theories that attempt to explain its existence.
BIRDING IN UGANDA
Birding in Uganda - Tim Hayward. Tim will talk about a recent 10 day trip that he made through western and southern Uganda and some of the wonderful birds and other wildlife that can be found there. Due to its location and wide variety of habitats, Uganda is one of the richest countries in Africa for birdlife.
VINE HOUSE FARM
VINE HOUSE FARM (Online Talk) – Nicholas Watts will explain how their conservation award winning commercial farming methods are undertaken with wildlife in mind, and how they aim to be as environmentally responsible as possible by ensuring a low carbon footprint through selling their own quality grown and UK sourced products.
BIRDS and WILDLIFE of COSTA RICA
BIRDS and WILDLIFE of COSTA RICA (Indoor Meeting) – Steve Grimwade from ‘Swallow Birding & Wildlife’ has recently spent a month in Costa Rica guiding tours. Steve will talk about, and show stunning images of, the birds, wildlife, and adventures they had in this colourful Central American country. Not to be missed!