Calendar

As covid restrictions we have decided to resume our indoor and outdoor activities for the group.

Indoor meetings are held at Pangbourne Village Hall -  currently the hall management require face masks to be worn at all times, with social distancing and good ventilation.

Currently we are not allowed to arrange minibus trips, though hopefully that will change soon. So the current
programme contains just local trips, one on a Sunday and one on a Tuesday. If minibus trips are allowed and there is
enough interest, then some mini-bus trips can be added to the programme and maybe a weekend away trip can be
planned for next Spring if we get the go-ahead soon.

September

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Nifty Raids of grey

Indoor meeting with
Dr Mark Fellows

Exploring the consequences of human-wildlife interactions in Britain’s back gardens.

PLEASE NOTE: For this meeting we will be at  BCSA (Burghfield Community and Sports Association) building, James Lane, Burghfield, RG30 3RS

Tues 14 September

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Moor Green Lakes

Local Car trip

A car trip to this local reserve looking for autumn migrants and waders

Sun 19 September

October

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Birds of the Seychelles

Indoor meeting with
Dr Graham Lenton

Graham provides an entertaining talk of the special birds of this Indian Ocean Archipelago

Tues 12 October

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Dinton Pastures

Local Car trip

A car trip to this local reserve looking for autumn migrants and winter visitors

Sun 17 October

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Colour Magic in La Brenne

Online Zoom Meeting

Colour Magic in La Brenne

A visit to this rural part of France, cluttered only by the 2,000 lakes that help to create a haven for colourful orchids, butterflies, dragonflies and birds. History tells us of the medieval fish production of the area which has declined massively but now remains a part of a magical nature reserve. We explore the colours of nature in this talk.

Tues 26 October

November

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In search of the flower kisser

Indoor meeting with
Dr Michael Leach

Michael provides a look and this beautiful family of birds - the Hummingbird.

Tues 9 November

December

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RSPB reserve - Otmoor

Local car trip

A morning walk to look for wintering ducks, geese, waders and finches/buntings.

Tues 16 November

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Paices Wood

Local car trip

Meet bottom/lower car park at Paices Wood
Look for winter tits, thrushes and other woodland birds, should see marsh tits here

Sun 21 November

January

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Members Evening

Indoor meeting 

A chance for members to show what they've been up to during the lockdowns.

Tues 14 December

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Wraysbury

Local car trip

Look for wintering ducks and geese, goldeneye should be present and if lucky we might find a smew.

Sun 19 December

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Sao Tome and Principe

Indoor meeting with
Andy Warren

Andy returns to the group to give an illustrated talk on the endemic birds of the Gulf of Guinea

Tues 11 January

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Farmoor

Local car trip

Meet in main car park at Farmoor (have to pay to park - £2)
Look for wintering ducks and maybe a diver or rare gull.

Sun 16 January

February

March

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Wings of Wales

Indoor meeting with
Steve Magennis

Steve returns to provide a talk on the birds of Wales

Tues 9 February

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Swinley Forest

Local car trip

Meet in The Lookout car park (have to pay to park - £3)
Walk round the woods looking for firecrest, crossbill, redpoll and Dartford warblers.

Tues 15 February

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Lesvos: Jewel in the Aegean

Indoor meeting with
Neil Gartshore

Neil provides an overview to this island hosting many exciting migrants as well as local specialists

Tues 8 March

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Port Meadow

Local car trip

Meet in the Port Meadow car park (£2/£4 parking), is only a 15 minute walk from Oxford station

Hopefully the meadows will still be flooded so we can look for passing waders and garganey.

Tues 15 March

April

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Moor Green Lakes

Local car trip

Meet in car park at Moor Green Lakes
A morning walk round the lakes looking for goosander which are a regular at this site.

Tues 18 January

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Cow down

Local car trip

A walk along the downs looking for corn bunting, yellowhammer and hopefully short-eared owl.

Sun 20 February

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Woolhampton

Local car trip

Meet in The Rowbarge car park, this is only 5 minutes from Midgham station

Walk round lake looking for early chiffchaffs and sand martins.

Sun 15 March

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The bird walk to Hel

Indoor meeting with
Jonathan Frogham

Jonathan takes us birdwatching around the Gdansk Bay, Poland

12 April

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Withymead

Local car trip

Meet in reserve car park
A short walk round this small reserve looking for Spring migrants, like chiffchaff and blackcap.

Sun April

May

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AGM followed by an update on the RSPB

Indoor meeting with
Beccy Speight

Following our Annual General Meeting (normally about 20mins). RSPB's CEO Beccy Speight will provide us with an update on the work of the RSPB both at home and abroad

10 May

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Clayfield Copse Dawn Chorus Walk

Local car trip

Meet in Clayfield Copse car park at 5am

Listening to the dawn chorus while wandering round the woods, we normally hear more than 25 species.

Sun 1 May

June

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Woolhampton

Local car trip

Meet in The Rowbarge car park, this is only 5 minutes from Midgham station

Walk round lake looking for early chiffchaffs and sand martins.

Sun 17 May

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Fobney Meadows

Local car trip

walk round the marshes looking for spring migrants, like chiffchaff and swallow.

Tues 19 April

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Greeham Common and Bowdown Woods

Local car trip

Meet in the Greenham Common car park (parking free but they ask for a donation)

Walk round the wood and part of the common, looking for marsh tit and woodlark.

Sun 15 May

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Nature and social connectness

Indoor meeting with
Prof. Tom Oliver

Tom explores the solutions to the global biodiversity declines that lie within our individual mindsets.

14 June

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Padworth Common

Local car trip

Evening walk to look for nightjar and woodcock

Fri 17 June

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Padworth Common

Local car trip

Meet in car park at east end of Greenham Common runway
Evening walk to look for nightjars, hopefully there will also be woodcock and nightingale present.

Tues 21June