RSPB Belfast Local Group’s 2023-2024 Season!

Celebrating 50 years of RSPB Local Groups

Note: this programme can also be downloaded.

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Indoor Meetings

Indoor monthly meetings, which are open to everyone with an interest in Wildlife & Conservation, are held in:

Cooke Centenary Presbyterian Church Hall
Park Road, Belfast BT7 2FW

…starting promptly at 19:30, ending 21:15

The illustrated talks are always interesting & varied. During Refreshments, there is time for a chat with the Speaker & with one another.

Admission

There is an Annual Membership of £25 or pay £5 at the door on each visit. This is inclusive of Refreshments. Please bring your own mug. There will be a surcharge for a disposable mug! Be eco-friendly. As part of our Fundraising activities, RSPB pin badges & other goods will often be available at meetings. Come prepared to buy!

Please read the guidelines before attending our indoor meetings.

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Zoom Meetings; NI Local Groups

In Lockdown years, 2020-2022, we shared interesting Zoom meetings with the other NI Local Groups. This year we invite other NI LG members & guests to share in our Zoom meeting on 5 February 2024.

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Outdoor Meetings/Field Trips

These are to local places with a particular interest or habitat, usually once a month, usually on the 3rd Saturday, with a knowledgeable Leader. Details will be announced at meetings, emailed or posted on social media. To keep numbers manageable, Outings must be booked in advance and, in the event of oversubscription, preference for places will be given to those who have an Annual Membership of RSPB Belfast Local Group. (See past outings.)

For further & updated information, please refer frequently to our website or our Facebook group, RSPB Belfast Local Group Loves Nature. This is a private Facebook group; admission is by application. We like members to be wildlife enthusiasts who live locally and who will post pictures, discuss wildlife sightings & interact with others on site and, most importantly, support our Meetings or Outings by their presence. We range from interested amateurs to wildlife experts.

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Indoor schedule:

Monday 4 September 2023
Welcome Back Night and AGM

This is open to everyone. You are guaranteed an informative and fun night. We hope to meet you there to kick start our Winter programme.

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Saturday 30 September 2023

50th Birthday Lunch at Malone Golf Club; menu prebooking and payment needed before Sept 10 please. This is a chance to have some social time together and with our guests.

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Monday 2 October 2023
Joshua Clarke – ‘It’s a Bug’s Life

Joshua Clarke talks all things invertebrate. Joshua is a Conservation Officer with Buglife NI and he is also a member of our Facebook group!

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Monday 6 November 2023
Ruby Free – ‘Are you an activist for our wildlife?’

Ruby Free (RSPB NI Campaigning Communications Officer) will shine a light on the RSPB’s campaigning efforts and the great work of the RSPB Youth Campaigners (13-30 year olds) in particular.             

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Monday 4 December 2023
Joe Furphy – ‘50 years of conservation work in NI’

Joe Furphy will take us through the highs & lows of his lifetime in Conservation, both in the ‘day job’ and as a volunteer with many local environmental and conservation organisations.

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Monday 8 January 2024 (2nd Monday due to New Years)
Jemma Davies – ‘What volunteer bird watchers and BTO science are teaching us about NI’s birds

Jemma Davies, BTO NI’s Engagement Co-ordinator, will explain how the science behind birding supports the vital conservation work carried out by various organisations in NI.  

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Monday 5 February 2024 – by Zoom
Gary Prescott – ‘The European BIGBY 2022 Competition: Cycling, Competing and lots of BIRDS!’

2022 was the most exciting European Green Birding Bigby (Big Green Bird Year) competition in the history of Green Birding. With no fossil fuelled transport allowed by any of the 200+ contestants from across Europe, could our British Biking Birder beat all opposition in seeing the most bird species? The Biking Birder–Gary Prescott to us–will tell us all about it and whether he was crowned the European BIGBY Champion at the end of an epic Green Birding year.

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Monday 4 March 2024
Orla Maguire – ‘A Bird’s eye view – from the inside’

Orla Maguire is Biodiversity Officer in Belfast City Council. She will give us an insider’s view of the Council’s efforts and initiatives to increase biodiversity in and around Belfast.

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Monday 8 April 2024 (2nd Monday due to Easter)
Mark Smyth – ‘Dancers in the sky’

Mark Smyth (NI Swift Group) will entertain, educate and inform with his encyclopaedic knowledge of those masters of flight and fleeting visitors to these parts, Swifts.

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We hope to see you there!