Indoor Meetings Indoor Meetings Programme 2020-21

Between Sept 2020 - April 2021 seven "Indoor Meetings" are to be held on Friday evenings.
Meetings are currently on Zoom and for MBS members only.
You will need to REGISTER by emailing birdsmbs@yahoo.com.
Those who have registered will be emailed the Zoom invitation a few days before the meeting.

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EXTRA Friday 18 December 2020 7pm on Zoom
Christmas Quiz
A light-hearted Quiz evening for everyone to join in with. It's not a competition and there are no prizes!
In order to attend this meeting you will need to REGISTER by emailing birdsmbs@yahoo.com.
Those who have registered will be e-mailed the Zoom invitation a few days before the meeting.


Friday 15 January 2021 7pm on Zoom
Rob Sheldon - Conservation of Globally Threatened Birds
Rob has worked in nature conservation for almost 20 years including 12 years with the RSPB. He has also worked for the Zoological Society of London as Director of the King Khalid Wildlife Research Centre in Saudi Arabia. He now works freelance in conservation work.
Speaker's website
In order to attend this meeting you will need to REGISTER by emailing birdsmbs@yahoo.com.
Those who have registered will be e-mailed the Zoom invitation a few days before the meeting.


Friday 19 February 2021 7pm on Zoom.
Roy Atkins - Birds and Wildlife in Scotland with Speyside Wildlife
There's been a change of speaker for this talk from Speyside Wildlife who write: We’ve known Roy for over 20 years. He’s a great all-round naturalist and years of experience in the world of teaching have made him a great people person. Our guests travel with him again and again to far-flung places like Costa Rica, Pantanal, Eastern Europe, Mongolia and China. His sense of fun and knowledge of birds, plants and animals make him a popular guide.
Speaker's website
In order to attend this meeting you will need to REGISTER by emailing birdsmbs@yahoo.com.
Those who have registered will be e-mailed the Zoom invitation a few days before the meeting.


Friday 19 March 2021 7pm on Zoom.
Ashley Grove - Jewels of The Gambia
Ashley and his wife run ExperienceNature offering UK based and foreign birding holidays. Ashley’s talks are known to be informative and colourful and show his true passion for wildlife and the great outdoors. He regularly visits The Gambia and will share his experiences of the country. Speaker's website
NB. This is the talk that had to be cancelled in March 2020. The March 2021 Meeting was to be a Joint Meeting with London Bird Club, hosted by them on a different day and topic. The LNHS are instead holding two of their free Virtual Talks in March:
04/03 Nesting Birds on Hampstead Heath Jeff Waage and 18/03 Urban Foxes Prof. Dawn Scott, Keele University.


Friday 16 April 2021 Time and venue to be confirmed.
Simon Ginnaw - Birding Central Europe
Simon works in and around Kent as a Conservation and Wilding Advisor, Woodland Officer and guest speaker. He is also a professional wildlife holiday tour director and leader. His talk on Birding Central Europe will take us to Hungary home to Great Bustards, Saker Falcon, Red-footed Falcon, Ural Owl and up to nine species of Woodpecker (including the secretive White-backed Woodpecker), migrating waders, marsh terns and waterfowl, plus passerines such as Penduline Tit, Bluethroat and the rare Moustached Warbler.
Speaker's website


Earlier this season

Friday 18 September 2020 7pm on Zoom
Matt Maran
A talk from Matt Maran including work from his latest photographic projects about foxes and raising awareness about Primates in Vietnam. Matt is our local award winning wildlife photographer known for his beautiful photography of Hampstead Heath.
33 members attended this first virtual meeting of the season. Before Matt's talk Gaye presented a wonderful selection of MBS photos covering our outings last autumn and individual birding during lockdown. After the talk we held the 39th MBS AGM reporting on the September 2019 - June 2020 season.


Friday 16 October 2020 7pm on Zoom
Conor Jameson on W. H. Hudson
Conor talked about one of his heroes W H Hudson - his contribution to early conservation activism in the UK in Victorian and Edwardian Britain, his place in literature and how his legacy is felt today. This talk was, as promised, a costume drama with many references to films, life in London and revealing Hudson's Hampstead connections.
A different 33 Members gathered virtually for this meeting including people from as far afield as Cambridge.
Speaker's website


Friday 20 November 2020 7pm on Zoom
Lizzy Crotty - Friends of Australian Wildlife Conservancy
Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) is the worlds largest private conservation organisation and Lizzy talked about ground breaking initiatives to save Australia’s wildlife from extinction. Particularly relevant after the devastating fires of 2019. 37 members attended this fascinating talk, actively engaging with the speaker both during the "break" and in questions at the end.
Speaker's website

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