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November 2017

We now have until 26 November to see Natural Selection, an ornithological journey from the building of nests to the collecting of eggs.
The exhibition is reviewed in the Guardian. See details.


October 2017

Walthamstow Wetlands opening to the public 20 October. See details. Described as a unique haven to explore, enjoy and connect with your better nature, the site is set to be Europe’s largest urban wetland and home to an abundance of wildlife and rich industrial heritage.

This year's The Natural Eye at the Mall Galleries ran from 19 - 29 October. This annual exhibition of the Society of Wildlife Artists shows the very best of art inspired by the natural world. See details.


August 2017

This year's Springett Lecture at Burgh House in September was by Matt Maran - From North London to the World's Great Wildernesses and Back Again.
Wildlife photographer Matt Maran published a wonderful book on Hampstead Heath last year and photos from the book feature in the Heath's 2018 calendar currently on sale. Matt came to speak to the MBS in February 2017 but he has said this talk will be a bit different.
This annual lecture is organised by the Heath and Hampstead Society but it is in memory of Kate Springett. As well as being a key member of the H&HS, Kate was the founding president of the Marylebone Birdwatching Society and was, indeed, the reason our bird club came into being 36 years ago.
Further details on the History page.


Why Birds Sing: Aurora Orchestra - Sunday 24 September at Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre
Be enchanted by birdsong in this multi-sensory concert that interweaves orchestral performance with vivid animation, audio storytelling, bird recordings, and a surprise installation. One of the UK’s most creative and bold orchestras, Aurora Orchestra invites you on a musical journey that swirls through Messiaen’s celebration of birdsong in Oiseaux exotiques, plunges into the elegiac meditation on the loss of wildlife in Brett Dean’s Pastoral Symphony, and basks in the blissful joy of the great outdoors in a gripping memorised performance of Beethoven’s much-loved ‘Pastoral’ Symphony. Details

Second Nature: The Art of Charles Tunnicliffe RA was at the Royal Academy until 8 October.
Charles Tunnicliffe RA (1901-1979) won acclaim for his closely observed depictions of birds and other wildlife. To coincide with a newly published, comprehensive catalogue of his prints, the exhibition brings together a range of Tunnicliffe’s work, from accomplished prints and commercial designs for Brooke Bond tea cards, to original artwork for Ladybird Books – including familiar titles like The Farm and the What to Look For series about wildlife through the seasons. It also includes the 1932 first illustrated edition of Henry Williamson’s Tarka the Otter, from the RA Collection. Details

The annual mailing with the new Sept17 - June18 programme, annual newsletter, membership and coach booking forms, was sent out by post and email Th 27th July - a week earlier than last year! And a week earlier than RSPB Central London Local Group.


September 2016

Dawn Painter, member of Marylebone Birdwatching Society - and designer of our refreshed woodpecker logo - has an exhibition of "tiny wonders of Rainham" - illustrations of invertebrates seen on the RSPB reserve - 18-24 September in the Purfleet Hide. See website for details and preview.

August 2016

The annual mailing with the new Sept16 - June17 programme, annual newsletter, membership and coach booking forms, was sent out by post 2nd August. This year we gave people the option of receiving the mailing by email and that was sent out in the evening of 3rd August. This is a bit later than the last few years because we were putting in place some new procedures. As the MBS approaches its 35th anniversary, we are offering for the 1st time, payment of membership and coach trips via PayPal as well as the more traditional cheque and stamped addressed envelope.

New September 2016 - June 2017 programme now published.
1st Indoor Meeting Friday 16th September, 1st local Outing Saturday 17th September and 1st Coach Outing Saturday 22nd October
but our weekly walks on Hampstead Heath continue in the meantime and you can now join/renew your membership of the Marylebone Birdwatching Society,
book your seat on our coach trips and sign up for monthly E-news by emailing birdsmbs[@ sign]yahoo.com.


September 2015

The annual postal mailing was sent out 16th July (a day earlier than the last 2 years!) and over 90 people have already renewed their membership or joined for the first time. Friday 18th our first Indoor Meeting attracted an eager audience to hear about House Sparrows and the next day 13 people enjoyed a sunny day at the Rainham Marshes RSPB Reserve. Although there is still much work to be done updating the website's news and reports pages (and Flickr photo albums), we do now have the latest Tweets on the home page! If you are on Facebook or Twitter do like, follow and contribute to the networking.

Saturday 30th May 2015

Big news of interest to Archers fans - @BirdsMBS is now being followed on Twitter by Charlie Thomas, Farm Manager for Borchester Land and Damara Capital, as well as by @BBCTheArchers! This was because we retweeted the RSPB’s retweet of the Great Ambridge Bird Race quiz.

Friday 13th March 2015

The MBS email account suffered another technical hitch this week and I didn't know which 67 people out of 200+ had not received the March e-news. Many thanks to the nearly 50% who have so far responded to a further email seeking confirmation of receipt. It's proved very interesting and gratifying to receive 17 requests for the news to be resent and lots of appreciative little messages including from some people I'd not heard from in ages. Do let me know if you've missed the March enews or would like to be added to the email list which is open to non-members. I'll be looking into the possibility of using MailChimp in future!


Slaughter of songbirds in Cyprus
A shocking article in Birdguides has alerted us to record levels of migrant songbirds being killed on a British military base in Cyprus last autumn. We can help by supporting the RSPB's conservation work or donating to Champions of the Flyway raising money for Birdlife International.


January 2015

Apologies for lack of news since September! If you are on Facebook you may like to follow us there for the occasional comment on our Tuesday walks, reminders of MBS activities and shared news from other organisations.

September 2014

Camden Migration Festival Thursday 25th September – Sunday 5th October.
This festival - an exploration into the migration of birds and people through the arts, celebrating cultural expansion but also considering its environmental impact, particularly on bird extinction – includes a “Ghosts of Gone Birds Exhibition” and 2pm Saturday 27th September David Lindo talks about Urban Bird Migration (free but booking required). And there’s a family bird walk in Regent’s Park on Sunday 5th October.
See their website or download the programme.

July 2014

The postal mailing with programme, newsletter, membership and coach booking forms and news of a weekend trip was sent out 17th July - exactly the same date as last year - but the new programme was launched on the website 28th July - a week later than last year.


May 2014

The 10th anniversary of Springwatch started on Monday 26 May live from Minsmere which we had heard about at the 16th May Indoor Meeting and visited the next day on our annual Coach Outing to the Reserve.

Cuckoo! Readers of the Ham and High will have seen the article quoting Meg Game who was leading “a group of birdwatchers” (the MBS Tuesday walk) at the time a cuckoo was heard on Hampstead Heath.

December 2013

Coach trip to Pulborough Brooks
We were extremely sorry that due to an error on the part of our coach company, the outing did not take place 30 November. The trip to Pulborough was rescheduled to Saturday, February 8th 2014, and ran at no cost to those who'd booked for the November 30th trip.


October 2013

Access to the MBS email account was restored following a hacking + "stranded in the Ukraine" scam. Existing and recent members of the society were gradually returned to the address book but PLEASE EMAIL if you were and/or wish to be on the mailing list for a monthly news update.


July 2013

4 page illustrated report of the 2012-13 season's highlights posted on the Reports page.

The postal mailing with programme, newsletter, membership and coach booking forms was sent out 17th July and the new programme was launched on the website 21st July.

February 2012

18 February: We announced that a Bittern had been seen on the Sanctuary Pond on Hampstead Heath. It stayed about 10 days.


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