Indoor Meetings Indoor Meetings Programme 2021-22

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Our current programme of talks is planned for September 2021 - June 2022.
Like last season's 7 talks and Christmas Quiz, these "meetings" will be on Zoom and for Members only.
The talks will be free but we ask MBS Members to REGISTER by emailing birdsmbs@yahoo.com.
Those who have registered will be emailed the Zoom invitation a few days before the meeting.


Friday 26 November 2021 7pm on Zoom
Andre Farrar - Saving Special Places
Andre Farrar has worked for the RSPB since 1982 when he started as a species protection warden in the Forest of Bowland in Lancashire. His focus was the strong local population of hen harriers. This is a species that has proved to be one of the most intractable conservation challenges of the last 40 years.


Friday 17 December 2021 7pm on Zoom
Christmas Quiz and 40th Anniversary Celebration


Friday 21 January 2022 7pm on Zoom
Steve Portugal - Flocking in Birds
Steve is a comparative ecophysiologist and says: My research is located at the interface of the physiology, sensory ecology and behaviour of vertebrates. I am a Reader in Animal Behaviour and Physiology at Royal Holloway, University of London. The common theme of my work focuses on how animals adapt their behaviour and ecology to the challenges of their environment, within the constraints of their own physiological and anatomical limitations. Such questions are particularly important in the light of global environmental change and exploitation of natural resources, in the emerging field of conservation physiology.
Speaker's website


Friday 18 February 2022 7pm on Zoom
Darren Rees - A Wildlife Artist at 50 Reserves
Darren Rees has been painting for over thirty years and he is one of our most decorated and highly respected wildlife artists. His first solo book Bird Impressions was published in 1993 to much critical acclaim and proved to be influential for many young artists. Darren is a knowledgeable naturalist and he acts as a guide for wildlife tours to several overseas destinations. He is also keen to promote the work of other painters of natural history and has penned many essays and a much-praised series of profiles of wildlife artists. His enthusiasm for nature through pictures, words and tours has taken him around the globe. He is going to talk about a project he undertook with Chris Packham's UK Bioblitz where he visited 50 nature reserves in 10 days and made a painting at each.
Speaker's website


Friday 18 March 2022 7pm on Zoom
Richard Bashford - Wildlife and Birds of Poland (A Naturetrek talk)
Richard has been leading tours for Naturetrek since the 1990s, travelling to many different countries. He has led over 15 tours to Poland. His talk will take us to the breath taking, world-famous Biebrza National Park Marshes - home to terns dancing over the wetlands and waders galore, including the bizarre Great Snipe and multi-coloured Ruffs. The fields and meadows here are also home to iconic species such as Corncrakes and Cranes. Richard will then show us the atmospheric primeval forests of Bialoweiza, where most of the European woodpeckers can be found, alongside Nutcrackers, Pygmy Owl and the star of the show - European Bison.
Speaker's website


Friday April 2022 date tbc 7pm on Zoom
Mark Pearson - A River of Birds, Spring Migration in Israel
Mark is a nature writer, a public speaker, a field ornithologist, a nature guide and a communications specialist. He describes himself as having a lifelong love of birds and wildlife at the heart of his work through which he can indulge and share his passion. His previous talk to us about the Yorkshire Coast was hugely informative, entertaining and illustrated with his wonderful photographs.
Speaker's website


Earlier this season

Friday 17 September 2021 7pm on Zoom
MBS 40th Anniversary talk
Dominic Couzens - Birding a Local Patch
Dominic is a writer and field trip leader. He is passionate about sharing his experience and knowledge of bird behaviour. He has written many books and is a frequent contributor to birding and wildlife magazines. Drawing on his experience as the Patch-watcher at Longham Lakes, Dorset, Dominic covered all the many delights and frequent disadvantages of being a Patch-watcher.
Speaker's website
30 members attended this talk with only a handful leaving before the 40th MBS AGM.
See Agenda + Minutes on the Documents page of the website.


Friday 15 October 2021 7pm on Zoom
Keith Offord - What's that Raptor?
Keith is an ornithologist, photographer, tour leader and conservationist. He is a raptor specialist and gave 36 of us excellent and detailed tips for identifying raptors in the UK. He also spoke of some of his conservation work.
Speaker's website


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