Indoor Meetings 2021 - 2022
Important Note: During the Covid restrictions the following meetings have been arranged to be held using ZOOM. These meetings are only open to members. Contact the Programme Secretary for further details. There is no charge for these meetings.
The 2021/22 program will ALL be held via Zoom. A review will be undertaken for the future approach before the next program for 2022/23.
Zoom is open from 7.30 pm for a 7.45 pm start.
1st October 2021
‘MOORE NATURE RESERVE’ by Tony Parker
Our member, Tony, will present a talk to us on Moore Nature Reserve. The reserve comprises almost 200 acres of woodland, meadows, lakes and ponds and is home to many diverse species of plants, animals, birds and other wildlife. The nature reserve is well known for its varied bird life and many interesting birds can be found either as year-round residents or as seasonal visitors.
5th November 2021
‘A SHROPSHIRE BIRDER'S YEAR’ by Jim Almond (Shropshire birder)
Jim keeps a County year list every year with the aim to see at least 160 species (with as many as possible photographed!) Find out how many different species were seen during a record breaking year of 2008! This talk is based around the highlights of the past few years including quite a few rarities (e.g. the Black-necked Grebe), and some new records for the County! It takes you around many of the main birdwatching areas, the best times to go and what you might find there. From Gull watching and wildfowl in the Winter, to reserves and 'hotspots' in the North and South of the County, the talk is organised by the seasons and features the changing panorama of the countryside. Shropshire is certainly not one of the best Counties for migrants and rarities but be prepared for a few surprises.
3rd December 2021
'THE COMMON CRANE(Grus grus) IN THE UK: NOT YET COMMON - BUT GETTING THERE?' by Alison Morgan
After an absence of around 400 years Common Cranes (Grus grus) made a natural return to the UK with successful fledging from a pair in Norfolk in the early 1980s. In 2010 a reintroduction project was started in the South West and 93 hand-reared cranes were released into the wild over a 5 year period.
The presentation will focus on the fortunes of the reintroduced birds. It will cover how they are tracked and monitored: their survival and their habitats; their breeding success to date; apparent limiting factors and effort made to improve productivity.
Alison has been involved with the reintroduction project since the beginning both as a member of the monitoring team and as the ringer responsible for the capture and ringing of the second generation birds.
7th January 2022
'SEABIRDS AND MARINE CONSERVATION' by Jonathon Green
Jonathan Green is from the Seabird Ecology Group at Liverpool University. Seabirds are the world’s most threatened group of birds, facing challenges to their populations both on land and at sea. While many of these threats remain, a number of initiatives are however now underway to try and arrest population declines, with several success stories. In my talk I will report on how these challenges are being addressed and some of our own work in this area from the Caribbean and from closer to home. In doing so I will demonstrate how the role that seabirds play in marine ecosystems can be put to work to promote and enhance marine conservation more broadly.
4th February 2022
'WILDLIFE OF A WORKING FOREST' by Mike Read
Mike regards the superb New Forest as his 'local patch' and lives on the edge of this unique location which is studded with ancient and ornamental broad-leaved woodlands, mires, ponds and streams, timber plantations and glorious heathlands. Ancient rights, local traditions and constantly changing work practices add greatly to this, Britain's smallest National Park. However, it is an area under great pressure with perhaps 15 million day-visits annually. Despite this pressure, the New Forest still contains an extraordinary range of wildlife species with many rarities and some are even unique in British terms.
4th March 2022
We are trying a new approach of having three 20 minute talks after the AGM.
'LITTLE TERNS AT GRONANT (NORTH WALES) by David Norman
Little Tern is among Britain’s rarest seabirds, and declining. Most colonies are in eastern England but the only one in Wales, at Gronant (managed by Denbighshire County Council) is now one of the largest, holding about one-tenth of the UK population.
Since 1983 I have held Schedule 1 licences to study the Gronant colony, mostly by ringing the chicks, and trapping the breeding adults in recent years. With careful approach the breeding birds are not as sensitive to disturbance as most people claim, and this talk will summarise lots of findings of conservation importance, including the age structure of the colony, with record longevity figures; the strength of the pair-bond from year to year; movement of young birds, particularly within the Irish Sea meta-population; and the high proportion of non-breeding adults.
'NON-BREEDING MOVEMENT, BEHAVIOUR AND ENERGETICS OF COMMON GUILLEMOTS AND RAZOR BILLS' by Lila Buckingham
Seabird populations have declined by 70% in the last 60 years and they experience their highest levels of mortality during the non-breeding season, when they encounter a wide range of marine threats. For example, we are developing our seas to provide renewable energy, but this can cause disturbance and loss of suitable foraging habitat to species such as common guillemots and razorbills. In order to understand population vulnerability of guillemots and razorbills to such threats, we tracked individuals from multiple colonies around the UK. In this talk, I will present our findings on their movements, behaviour and energetic spend throughout the non-breeding season and highlight when and where they are likely to be most vulnerable to marine threats.
'THE SEARCH FOR OAP (OLD AGED PUFFIN)' by David Steventon
David first visited the Shiant Islands in 1970 to carry out the seabird counts for Operation Seafarer. Little did he know then that fifty years later he would still be seabird counting and ringing there and reconnecting with some elderly seabirds. The story of these old birds features in a BBC Coast programme (series 9, episode 4).
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