TALKS – MARCH TO SEPTEMBER 2024

TUESDAY 12 MARCH

“Extraordinary Facts about Everyday Birds” by Mark Barrett

Mark has a wealth of knowledge of birdlife and for this talk he’s uncovered some remarkable facts about our British birds.  Be amazed by the details Mark reveals!

Salisbury Methodist Church 7.30pm, admission £5, under 16s free.

TUESDAY 9 APRIL“Saving the Stone-curlew” by Keith Betton

The Wessex region is key to the future of the Stone-curlew in England.  Keith is one of the volunteers working with the RSPB to safeguard the status of this enigmatic species, Wiltshire’s Goggle-eyed Plover.

Salisbury Methodist Church 7.30pm, admission £5, under 16s free.

TUESDAY 11 JUNEMembers’ Evening and AGM

Following the formalities of the AGM, Patrick Cashman and Nicky Quinn from RSPB Winterbourne Downs will bring us exciting news from this fabulous local reserve. Please bring a contribution to a cold finger buffet to be held in the interval – drinks will be on sale.

United Reformed Church, Fisherton Street, Salisbury, 7.30pm, admission free.

TUESDAY 3 SEPTEMBER“Scotland’s Western Isles” by Mike Read

Mike’s talk begins on Islay in January where thousands of Barnacle and White-fronted Geese come to escape the harsh winter conditions further north; such a concentration of birds attracts both Golden and White[1]tailed Eagles. We then head up to Mull in April and May, where Otters are a key subject. Here, though, there is a wonderful supporting cast to  be found including Dolphins, Twite, Common Sandpipers and Wheatears, plus many wild flowers. Mike also takes us on a boat trip to the fabulous Treshnish Islands for seabirds, including Puffins.

Then after a short visit to the Isle of Skye, we set sail for the outer islands,  South and North Uist, and then Harris, and finally Lewis. On these islands  there are beautiful white shell-sand beaches and here we can see Hen  Harriers, Short-eared Owls and again, both eagle species. In May and June the beaches hold migrating waders such as Whimbrels, Ruddy Turnstones and Sanderlings, all heading to Iceland and Greenland to breed. It was here that Mike eventually caught up with the Corncrake, a bird he had been wanting to photograph for many years.

Salisbury Methodist Church, 7.30pm, admission £5, under 16s free.