Indoor Meetings Indoor Meetings Programme 2018-19

During the Sept 2018 - June 2019 season there were seven Indoor Meetings held on Friday evenings at Gospel Oak Methodist Church, London NW3 2NT.
A new programme of talks will be published in July. In the meantime, we have Local Outings and Coach Outings May and June.

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Earlier this season

Friday 21 September 2018
The Dreda Farrell Lecture and MBS AGM. This talk was the last of the FREE talks covered by a legacy left by founding member Dreda Farrell.
Conor Jameson - Looking for the Goshawk
Conor works for the RSPB and is an award-winning author, feature writer and conservationist. Silent Spring Revisited was published in 2012 and Looking for the Goshawk in 2013. Over 30 people attended this first Indoor Meeting of the new season and were fascinated by his talk about his quest searching for this elusive bird of prey.
The talk was followed by the Annual General Meeting Sept 2018 (covering the Sept 2017-June 2018 season).


Friday 19 October 2018
Stuart Elsom - Spring in Texas - Spectacular Spring Migration
Stuart is a field ecologist, tour leader and wildlife photographer with 35 years’ experience across six continents. Sadly only 15 people came making up for numbers with their enthusiasm for the wonderful array of colourful birds seen on migration. There's a description of Stuart's 2015 tour on his website.


Friday 16 November 2018
James Lowen – Double bill. Japan - the best winter birdwatching in the world plus Britain’s Best Wildlife Watching Weekends
James is a wildlife writer, editor, guide, consultant and photographer. He enthralled us with a talk about the Pantanal in the past and he returns to tell us about winter birdwatching in Japan as well as giving us a taster on Best Wildlife Weekends in Britain.
James took us to the two extremities of Japan showing us not only the range of habitat and species but exploring the importance of Cranes in local culture and economy and the need for conservation work. After the interval - with Fairtrade refreshments, coach bookings and sale of Hampstead Heath calendars - James picked out 4 top spots from his "52 Wildlife Weekends - A year of British wildlife-watching breaks".
Speaker's website


Friday 18 January 2019
Lee Morgan - Wildlife of the Canadian Rockies
Lee is a professional ecologist, naturalist, tour guide, photographer and writer. On a visit to the UK from his home in Canada, Lee enthralled us with his talk bout the amazing wildlife - and scenery - of the Canadian Rockies.


Friday 22 February 2019
Steve Piotrowski - The Fall and Rise of Reggie Peregrine
Steve is a naturalist based in Suffolk who runs bird ID courses, guided birdwatching tours in Suffolk, bird surveys and wildlife holidays elsewhere in Europe. He is a highly entertaining speaker who'd last spoken to us about Big Gulls needing Friends. He had given a serious talk on Gulls to the London Bird Club just the day before. His talk on Peregrines included facts, figures and anecdotes ranging from history of falconry and English expressions that come from falconry to clashes with pigeon fanciers to the decline of Peregrines in the uplands and the rise of the urban Peregrine.
Speaker's website


Friday 15 March 2019
Andrew Cleave - Birds of the Coast
Andrew is a wildlife photographer, author, experienced lecturer and tour leader who had previously taken us to Costa Rica, USA East Coast, the Mediterranean and Lundy. This time he spoke about seabird colonies on the British coastline, from Scilly to Shetland, and how different species were faring with their various nesting and feeding requirements.
Speaker's website


Friday 12 April 2019
*Joint Meeting with London Bird Club*
Jackie Garner - Birds in Art
For our first joint meeting with the London Bird Club Jackie is going to talk to us about Birds in Art. Jackie is a renowned artist who has been painting wildlife and nature for over 30 years. Her paintings of nature and wildlife have been shown on BBC television and are held in collections as far afield as the Falkland Islands, Trinidad, Australia and South Africa. She is an author, teacher and runs workshops and community projects. She is the author and main illustrator of The Wildlife Artist’s Handbook.
30 people attended our first "joint meeting" and were fascinated by Jackie Garner's skim through the history of birds in art from ancient cave images to modern works. She also gave some tips for would-be wildlife artists and described influences and developments in her own artistic career.
Speaker's website


Coach Outings

Our programme for 2018-19:

Coach Outings

Local Outings

Our programme for 2018-19:

Local Outings

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