Indoor Meetings 2024

Come and join one of our Indoor Meetings and hear from guest speakers on various nature and wildlife topics, meet like minded people, discover more about wildlife in your local area and around the world, and learn something new.

Our meetings are hosted at:

Saxon Hall, Raunds (access off Thorpe Street opposite Co-op store). Free parking and accessible.
Postcode: NN9 6LT (Google map)

Time: 7.30 pm – 9:30 pm

Price: £4 including tea or coffee. Alternatively, advance payment of £20 may be made for the complete season of talks. There is no charge for children or for the AGM and Members’ evening.

Telephone: 01933 410566

E-mail: wrisdale1@tiscali.co.uk for further information

We hope that you will enjoy this varied and interesting line-up of topics:

19th September 2024
Birds in Winter – Peter Holden

The presentation looks at the various strategies birds use, starting in late summer, to prepare for the winter. Then it moves on to consider how birds have adapted to changing food supplies and shorter days.
This could be used as preparation for the Big Garden Birdwatch, which Peter introduced over 40 years ago. We look forward to welcoming him back.

17th October 2024
Peregrines and Lots of Other Wildlife – Alan Goodger

Alan will present a travelogue as a local wildlife photographer around Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire. Mammals will include Badgers, Foxes, and Otters. There will be lots of birds, especially Peregrines, and hopefully better news from Higham Ferrers after the tragic death of the tercel and all four chicks in 2023 due to avian flu.

21st November 2024
Wildlife on the Farm – Fred Hilsdon

For decades farmers have been blamed for the decline of farmland species such as the Grey Partridge through the use of fertilisers, insecticides, monocultures, removal of hedges and ponds, no suitable
food at vital times of the year, etc. ‘Countryfile’ is one programme which reports attempts to reverse the trend, so Fred’s presentation should be topical and bring more hope for the future. He gave this talk in
February, 2021, but bad weather contributed to a low attendance, so we thought it was well worth repeating, and Fred will give an update on how things are going on his farm at Great Harrowden.

19th December 2024
AGM followed by members’ slides and mince pies (free admission).

Our thanks to Graham Bell for preparing the programme and organising speakers for our 2024 programme.

Previous indoor meetings:

18th January 2024
The Inside Story – A Breeding Season of a Blue Tit – Steve Magennis

This is our single species topic. The Big Garden Birdwatch 2023 results gave second place to the Blue Tit, after the House Sparrow. It said: ‘You’ll often see this attractive and agile little bird hanging upside-down to find insects and spiders, and eating seed and nuts from your feeders. After nesting, family groups regularly roam in flocks. A garden with four or five Blue Tits at a feeder at any one time may be feeding 20 or more individuals a day.’

15th February 2024
The Stories of our British Mammals – Nick Martin

This is our non-birds topic. Nick suggested it himself. He was recommended by one of our members and gave us a zoom presentation in January 2022, on the Cairngorms. It was so good that we have invited him back in person! He worked for the RSPB until early 2019.

21st March 2024
Antarctica – Including Birds I Met on the Way – Tony Clark

This is our foreign topic. Tony worked in the pharmaceutical industry, launching classes of drugs which have extended human lifespan, such as Ace inhibitors and Statins. He says that his journey in 2019 ‘through South America was an adventure in itself, but to finally fulfil my dream of visiting the Antarctic peninsula was indescribable, and I would like to share some of my story about the birds of the Southern Ocean as well as the Antarctic peninsula itself’.