Indoor Meetings 2018 - 2019

All meetings are held in the hall at St Vincent's Roman Catholic Church, Tatton Street, Knutsford, WA16 6HR (click here for map) on the first Friday of the month, unless otherwise stated - please check the programme. There is a large and free car park off Tatton Street close to the hall (see map).

An entrance fee of £2.00 to members and £4.00 for non-members will be charged at all meetings except the AGM when there will be free admission. A coffee break (included in admission) is taken halfway through the evening. The doors open at 7:30pm for a 7:45pm start.

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5th October 2018
‘WHITE AND WILD - NATURE IN COLDER CLIMES’ by Mark Sisson

Snow, ice and frost make for challenging conditions for wildlife in the winter months and this talk involves a photographic journey from Canada to Japan, Finland to Yellowstone and many more locations beside to see just how this creates both dramatic photographic opportunities, but also the chance to witness just how nature copes when the conditions are white and wild.

2nd November 2018
‘SCILLY PELAGIC MAGIC’ by Jim Almond

Jim is now officially a ‘veteran’ of pelagic trips from St Mary's on the Isle of Scilly! With 44 trips under his belt (33 of them during the August seabird passage season!) he has plenty of images and stories to tell from his time on MC Sapphire. A heavy sea in a small boat is not to everyone's liking so sit back, relax and enjoy. From the ever present Gulls, Fulmars and Gannets, the interest notches up a gear with Skuas, Petrels and Shearwaters. It's not just about the birds either with Dolphins and Sunfish on offer, plus some of the Blue Sharks landed for tagging studies. Find out how the birds are attracted, the magic of ‘chum’ (without the smell) and some of his most exhilarating birding moments ever, including an epic encounter with a Fea's Petrel.

7th December 2018
‘COSTA RICA - PARADISE OF THE NEOTROPICS’ by Keith Offord

Keith will explore the extraordinary array of birds and other wildlife found in Costa Rica. Forests drip with tanagers and warblers, and echo to the exotic utterances of Montezuma Oropendolas, while whole new families of birds can be discovered such as foliage-gleaners, antbirds and woodcreepers. Perhaps the most memorable are the iridescent hummingbirds which whiz around like large insects, pausing only to feed from nectar-producing flowers. High in the trees, fabulously coloured trogons might be spotted along with the aptly named Resplendent Quetzal. This talk covers the wildlife of the key habitats from cloud forests to coastal plains.

4th January 2019
‘SCOTLAND’ by Paul Hobson

Paul will take us on a trip through Ptarmigan-studded snowy mountains of the Cairngorms and will ultimately take us to the myriad islands of the Hebrides before finally ending in Britain's most northerly archipelago Shetland. Divers, eagles and Crested Tits, what's not to like?

1st February 2019
‘A FUNNY WAY TO MAKE A LIVING Part 2’ by Michael Leach

Michael returns with a second helping! Those with long memories will remember his entertaining part 1 back in 2005. Further confessions of a wildlife photographer featuring advice on how to make a wildcat look more menacing and the story of working with Hen Harriers on a storm-swept Scottish mountain. Michael reveals how cameramen look into the secret world of underground dens and how to build a motorway in your garden shed.

1st March 2019
AGM followed by ‘LOOKING FOR THE GOSHAWK’ by author Conor Jameson

Conor discusses the sequence of events that led to him writing his acclaimed book Looking for the Goshawk, some of the people he met and the places he visited as he seeks to understand 'the phantom of the forest'. He describes how the lost raptor went missing from our landscape, and our imaginations, and the work that's being done to help it come back. He describes what the apparent and actual absence of Goshawks may reveal about us, and the exciting challenges of rewilding. (Rearranged from last year - hopefully the weather will be better this time!)