2018 programme of events

January

6th - COACH TRIP - The Wirral

Parkgate will be our first destination where we'll have a couple of hours to scan the marsh along the River Dee before heading to RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands

24th - INDOOR MEETING - Jeff Clark - Humboldt Current

Jeff has given talks to us on several occasions and is well known to a number of our members. This visit will be an exploration of the super-abundance of wildlife along the track of this cold-water current. Its influence extends to shaping the landscapes and habitats of the adjacent South American landmass as it pushes relentlessly northwards towards the tropics. A "must-do" on the birder's bucket list!


February

10th - COACH TRIP - Cromford & Carsington

We spend the morning in the mill town of Cromford with our target bird being Hawfinch. In the afternoon we head to Carsington Water, a reservoir which nearly always has at least one wintering Great Northern Diver.

21st - INDOOR MEETING - Allan & Sue Parker - Birding South Yorkshire

Allan & Sue will show us some of the best birding sites in South Yorkshire. From lowland moorland in the east to reserves developed on old coal mining sites, lowland farmland and upland moorland. These diverse habitats provide homes to a good range of bird species.


March

17th - COACH TRIP - Devil's Bridge & Bwlch Nant yr Arian

This is normally a trip we do every other February but we're making the journey into the heart of Wales in March this time. We start with a walk down the valley from Devil's Bridge, we're hoping for displaying goshawks if the weather conditions are right. We then visit Bwlch Nant yr Arian for their afternoon Red Kite feeding - several hundreds of kites in the air at once is a sight to behold!

28th - INDOOR MEETING - Keith Offord - Raptor Philia

Birds of prey (raptors) are one of the most fascinating groups, appealing to a wide range of people. They are incredibly varied, ranging from the diminutive Pygmy Falcon to giants such as the Martial Eagle. They are also dramatic, unpredictable and exciting and have evolved an astonishing range of specialised features designed to help them survive. Keith has spent many years monitoring breeding birds of prey in the Welsh uplands for Natural Resources Wales and has also travelled widely throughout the world, photographing many species which will feature in this talk.


April

14th - COACH TRIP - Leighton Moss

We'll spend all day at this reserve. There will be an optional drop off at the outer hides before the coach parks at the visitor centre. This reserve is home to a wide range of species and never fails to provide a good day out. The excellent cakes in the café are an added bonus!

25th - INDOOR MEETING - Tim Melling - Wildlife Photography at Home and Around the World

Tim has given talks to our society on numerous occasions and his enthusiastic style makes him a firm favourite. This is not a technical talk dwelling on equipment and settings - it's more about techniques that anyone who has a camera can employ to get better wildlife shots. However, this talk has plenty for everyone, not just the photographers amongst us!


May

12th - COACH TRIP - Whisby Nature Park

This Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust Reserve will be a new location for the society. It holds several pairs of nightingale along with at least 8 species of warbler, breeding common terns and several species of dragonfly & damselfly


June

16th - COACH TRIP - Bempton Cliffs & North Cave

The morning will be a seabord bonanza at the RSPB reserve of Bempton Cliffs which is best known for its colony of Gannets. We should also see plenty of guillemots, razorbills & puffins. In the afternoon we visit a society favourite - the ever improving & expanding YWT reserve of North Cave.


August

12th - MEMBERS AFTERNOON 1.00pm

This event is for society members only. A buffet will be provided as we discuss the year so far and potential new locations for trips.


September

15th - COACH TRIP - Flamborough Head & Filey

We visit the east coast at prime seabird migration time. The morning will be spent seawatching at Flamborough Head and we'll move to Filey in the afternoon, first visiting Filey Dams and then Filey Brigg. In the right conditions the seabirds flow past the headland in astonishing numbers.

26th - INDOOR MEETING - Alan Davies & Ruth Miller - The Biggest Twitch

In 2008 Alan and Ruth set out on a mission to break the world record for the number of species of bird seen in a calendar year. This talk follows them round the world, featuring the highs and lows of seeking their ambitious target.


October

13th - COACH TRIP - Spurn

Every trip is something of a lottery - we never know if we'll get good weather & birds or not - and our annual pilgrimage to Spurn probably encapsulates that more than any other! We've been very lucky on our last 3 trips to see rarities such as American Golden Plover, Pallas's Warbler, Shorelark, Siberian Accentor and Dusky Warbler. If the winds are in our favour practically anything can turn up!!

31st - INDOOR MEETING - Dennis Atherton - Florida: A Winter Wonderland

This talk will feature a 2000 mile journey around the Sunshine State of Florida - from the Space Coast to the Everglades and much more. We'll follow the Great Florida Birding Trail looking for the endemic, endangered and rare specialities Florida has to offer - a true birder's paradise!


November

10th - COACH TRIP - North Wales Coast

We visit three different locations on this trip. We begin at Aber Ogwen (or the Spinnies) before the coach drops us off at Morfa Madryn and we walk along the coast to Llanfairfechan before ending the day at Conwy RSPB.

28th - INDOOR MEETING - Paul Heaton - Bird Books

In his first visit to the society Paul will be encouraging us to look at our hobby of birding in a different way. Based on 50 years of birdwatching through books he will cover all the books he uses and stories with links to birding and twitching, it should be a funny and entertaining evening.


December

1st - COACH TRIP - Fylde Coast

Our final trip of the season takes us to the (relatively) local Fylde Coast. We'll visit sites such as Newton Marsh, Fairhaven Lake and Marton Mere. Winter wildfowl should be plentiful but wrap up warm - this is usually a chilly one!

12th - AGM

This event is for society members only.

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