Indoor Meetings 2023 - 2024
Important Note: All 2023/24 indoor meeting shall 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.
Zoom meetings are open from 7.30 pm for a 7.45 pm start.
6th October 2023
‘BBS IN CHESHIRE, WIRRAL AND BEYOND’ by David White, BTO
The talk will outline what the Breeding Bird Survey is and for how long it has been running. It will also focus on local results from the survey, especially from Cheshire and the Wirral. As well as exploring local bird population trends, it will also explore local mammal trends as appropriate.
3rd November 2023
'ARCTIC SKUAS - TRACKING THE MOST DECLINING SEABIRD IN THE UK’ by Nina O’Hanlon, BTO
In this talk, BTO’s Nina O'Hanlon will present the fascinating findings of a recent tracking project that aimed to identify the migration and wintering areas of Arctic Skuas breeding in Scotland to help us better understand the causes of decline in this long-distance migrant seabird.
1st December 2023
'WILDLIFE OF EAST ANGLIA' by Kevin Elsby, Wildlife on the Web
The talk covers a wide variety of the birds, insects, plants and mammals to be found in this part of the UK. The overall diversity is related to the numerous habitat types to be found in East Anglia. Kevin has lived in Norfolk for over 35 years and has been photographing the wildlife to be found there for even longer. He is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and a leader for Naturetrek. Kevin speaks on wildlife cruises around the world and is also a speaker/guide on polar expeditions.
5th January 2024
'THE SCIENCE AND BEAUTY OF BIRDS' by Oliver Smart, Smart Images
Ever wondered why a raptor has an orbital ridge or what the purpose is of a tubenose on a petrel? Well, in this talk, Oliver guides you through some fascinating insights to the science of birds, their adaptations, evolution and physiology. Oliver's talk is split into four sections covering the science of birds, the photography, the aesthetics of bird photography and the rewards.
2nd February 2024
'ANTARCTICA, FALKLANDS AND SOUTH GEORGIA' by Mike Watson
A bird and wildlife talk that takes us to the 'great white continent'. Antarctica, Falkland Islands and South Georgia offer up a feast of seabirds, rare land birds (including a number of endemics) and marine mammals (seals, whales and dolphins). Antarctica is like no other journey on earth; it is about as close to visiting another planet as we are ever likely to get. It is the last frontier on our ever-shrinking planet, a place that so few ever see. An uninhabited continent of more than twelve million square kilometres almost entirely encrusted with ice - an awesomely silent but starkly beautiful frozen world.
1st March 2024
AGM followed by:
'MERSEY WeBS SUMMARY 2023 (tbc)' by Dermot Smith
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