Thursday, 27 June 2019

INDOOR MEETINGS PROGRAMME 2019-2020

OUR INDOOR AND FIELD MEETINGS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED FOR THE TIME BEING DUE TO  CORONAVIRUS MEASURES



Please note the revised order of the programme of indoor meetings for 2020 for the remainder of this season of talks.

All meetings start at 19:30 and include a break for teas and coffees. In order to help reduce use of single-use plastic cups please bring your own cup or mug.


2020 

Please note changes to order of speakers doing talks Jan-April 2020 (not changes of dates)

January 8th A Winter break in Kuwait by Gill Hollamby.


February 12th Scottish Spring by Andrew Lapworth. Some of the iconic birds, mammals and flora of Scotland's Caledonian forests, uplands and coasts.


March 11th March 11th   Local birdwatching and the BTO by Robert Carr.    ABWC Member Robert will explain about birding a local patch, and keeping records of birds seen in an area. The records can then be submitted to local organisations and the British Trust for Ornithology in order to follow the fortunes and population trends of birds in an area.


April 8th AGM & raffle followed by a talk:  South Africa, the Cape and Kruger National Park, by Jenny Jackson.

Thursday, 11 April 2019

2019 FIELD MEETINGS

OUR INDOOR AND FIELD MEETINGS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED FOR THE TIME BEING DUE TO  CORONAVIRUS MEASURES

Next Field Meeting

Thursday 30th January 2020       Sheppey: Elmley NNR and the raptor viewpoint
Meet at the entrance to Elmley NNR at 10.00am. Please note there is a £5.00 per car entrance fee (Friends of Elmley can enter for free). We will drive in convoy along the entrance track birdwatching from our cars up to the CP area. After our visit to Elmley we will then drive to the RSPB's Raptor viewpoint to look for harriers and other raptors coming into their evening roost.

Please email or call/text Andrew on (mobile) 07962 038052 if you intend to come.  In case of a forecast of inclement weather please check with Andrew in case the meeting is cancelled.



Thursday 19th December Dungeness RSPB Reserve
Meet in the CP at the visitor centre at 10.00hrs  for a couple of hours winter birding. Remember to bring your RSPB membership card and wrap up well. Bring your telescope if you have one. Please email or call/text Andrew on (mobile) 07962 038052 if you intend to come.  In case of a forecast of inclement weather please check with Andrew in case the meeting is cancelled.




Tuesday 6 August 2019      Oare Marshes. 10.00-13.00  Meet at CP at Oare Marshes. Mainly for waders on return migration. Leader: Andrew Lapworth


Spring 2019 Field meetings

Tuesday 16th April         Rye Harbour. 10.00 Meet at Martello CP. Spring birding

Tuesday 30th April         Faggs Wood meeting at 05.00 for Dawn Chorus

Wednesday 8th May      Surrenden Lakes; meeting on A28 at 17.00; hoping for Nightingale and Turtle Dove. NB. Access to this private site is restricted; please email or telephone me in advance so I know numbers

Wednesday 26 June      Kings Wood, Challock; 20:30. Nightjars.

Further details will be emailed to members ahead of each meeting.

Andrew Lapworth


Next field meeting:

 Thursday 14th February 2019

The Isle of Sheppey.  Meet at 10.00am at the RSPB's Raptor Viewpoint over Capel Fleet on the Harty Ferry Road. It is likely to be bitterly cold so wrap up well and bring lunch and warm drinks etc. Scopes and tripods useful here. If the weather is OK we may drive before dusk along the track into Elmley NNR, birdwatching from the car. Each car costs £5.00 to use the track (free for Friends of Elmley).  For Location details see:


Grateful if members decide to come they can email of phone me beforehand.

Andrew Lapworth









Please make a note in your diaries for 2 forthcoming dates for field meetings:

Thursday 25th October     Rye Harbour Nature Reserve. Meet 10.00am in Martello CP.
and
Tuesday 13th November : Reculver, Grove Ferry and Stodmarsh (see Field Meetings tab for details)

Please let me know if you are intending to come  andrew_lapworth@hotmail.com

Andrew

Monday, 8 April 2019

INDOOR MEETING & AGM WEDNESDAY 10TH APRIL 2019

Following a short AGM, Club member and former Chairman John Bartlett will be giving his illustrated talk on his 2017 visit to Canada and Alaska: The Rockies & Alaska

The meeting starts as usual at 7.30pm; please remember to bring you own cup or mug for a tea or coffee to help save using plastic cups.

Friday, 8 March 2019

13TH MARCH MEETING: TURTLE DOVES 7.30PM


The speaker at the next indoor meeting on Wednesday March 13th will be Nicole Khan, RSPB Turtle Dove Conservation Advisor. She will be talking about the Turtle Dove Project and her role. Turtle Doves have suffered a 93% decline since 1995 partly because of guns in the Mediterranean basin and also because of loss of habitat and a shortage of spring food in the UK.

Heather




Saturday, 8 September 2018

KOS CONFERENCE SAT 3RD NOVEMBER 2018

Kent Ornithological Society (KOS)  has another conference in Canterbury that looks really interesting: Counting Birds, Making Birds Count. For details, and to book see KOS Conference 2018

Andrew Lapworth

Thursday, 30 August 2018

OARE MARSHES

Nine members met at Oare Marshes on Tuesday 28th August. On arrival we were treated to scope views of an Osprey and in the next hour or so we saw:
C Buzzard
Sparrowhawk
A Peregrine being mobbed by 2 Hobbies
Kestrel
Marsh Harrier
and lots of waders including Black-tailed Godwit and Golden Plover with Whimbrel, Spotted Redshank and Ruff.

Do join us for our first Indoor meeting of the Autumn on Wednesday 12th September at 19.30 for a talk on local Barn Owls.

Robert Carr

Sunday, 11 March 2018

From Andrew Lapworth




referring to a future speaker at the club.
NICOLE KHAN (March 13th 2019);
 
Dear all
I went to this talk at SBBO on Thursday. She was an excellent speaker and I'm sure she'll be well received at the Club. Her talk describes Operation Turtle Dove and the efforts going in to hanging on to existing local populations of these lovely summer visitors. An excellent website supports the initiative. I think this might be worth sharing with members via the emails and links on our website




best wishes


Andrew 


SEE BELOW FOR DETAILS OF THIS MONTH'S MEETING