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BTO Birdwatchers' Forum

Mike Toms, author of the recent New Naturalists book on Owls, will introduce the BTO’s ‘Project Owl’ (see below) followed by talks from local birders on Urban Peregrines (Mike Wallen), Agri-environment Schemes (Richard Broughton), the River Thame (Nick Marriner), and Woodland Birds (Ben Carpenter). Roger Wyatt will share his insights from his superb photographs and the local Odonata recorders will highlight the status of our dragon- and damselflies. Andy Clements, BTO Director, will end this full day with his talk on ‘Zen Birding’ – something to do with Spike Milligan?

The registration fee is £20 including lunch. Programme & registration form here.

Added 20/12/2017

Next Indoor Event

14/02/2018 (Wed)
Dung - A Story of Beetles, Birds and Bats
By: Darren Mann
We want to conserve bees since pollination is an important ecosystem service and we like honey. Yet, there are many insects that provide other important ecosystem services (but no honey) that we just don't think about saving. Dung beetles, through their feeding and breeding activity, not only remove the tonnes of dung deposited every day, but also improve soil health, kill flies, plant trees and provide food for others. Focusing on the UK dung beetle fauna and the recent research into their conservation, this talk will hopefully encourage you to look at dung in a new light.

Next Outing

11/02/2018 (Sun)
Field Trip to Eyebrook Res, Leics
Forthcoming Field Trip to Eyebrook Reservoir on 11/2/2018 
The meeting time for this field trip, is 10:00hrs in the reservoir car park, which can be found by turning west off the A6003, through Stoke Dry. This location is just a few miles to the north of Corby in Northants.  The reservoir is situated in quiet, rolling countryside and is rich in birds.  Tree Sparrow are regular but we should encounter a rich range of birds.  Hope to see you there.  

Bird News

Date Species Count Site Who
2018-01-22Goosander3Shillingford: Shillingford BridgeBJWy
2018-01-22Kingfisher2Shillingford: Shillingford BridgeBJWy
2018-01-18Greater Scaup1 femaleFarmoor ReservoirDJo
2018-01-17Hawfinch9Northmoor: Northmoor ChurchyardMAF
2018-01-16Song Thrush3StandlakeDMLo
2018-01-16Great Crested Grebe3StandlakeDMLo
2018-01-16Mistle Thrush1StandlakeDMLo
2018-01-16Black-headed Gull89StandlakeDMLo
2018-01-16Green-winged Teal1StandlakeDMLo
2018-01-16Little Egret3Carterton: AlvescotMRo
2018-01-15Siskin30Stanton St. JohnRAE
2018-01-14Bullfinch10Farmoor ReservoirDMLo
2018-01-14Goldfinch8Farmoor ReservoirDMLo

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