Events

Special Events at the Grant Arms Hotel

Evening Talk: The Solway by John Miles - 8.30pmEvening Talk: The Solway by John Miles - 8.30pm

This talk by author John Miles covers birding throughout the whole of Cumbria and Dumfries & Galloway as detailed in his book “Best Birdwatching Sites: The Solway” part of the Best Birdwatching Guide series.  John is a former RSPB reserve warden at Geltsdale, and knows the region intimately and in the book and through this talk will provide insights on the coastal sites in both Cumbria and Dumfries & Galloway, and also inland covering the key wildlife watching sites in both counties.

21st April 2017

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Evening Talk: More Welsh Wildlife by Iolo Williams - 8.30pmEvening Talk: More Welsh Wildlife by Iolo Williams - 8.30pm

There are lots of reasons why Wales is so brilliant for wildlife watching: 216 Wildlife Trust nature reserves, 11 RSPB sanctuaries, 4,122 sq km of National Park, an 870-mile Wales Coast Path, ancient woodland, lakes and river, and wide open spaces for wildlife to … well, go wild in.

Former RSPB Officer and Welsh TV Presenter IOLO WILLIAMS will delight you with some of the stories of the wildlife to be found in Wales.  From otters to orchids, puffins to peregrine falcons and dolphins to damselflies, Wales has more wildlife than you can point a very large pair of binoculars at. There are seasonal treats too, like the arrival in spring of countless puffins and other seabirds to the islands. Summer brings dolphins and porpoises, while autumn welcomes seal pups to the beaches, leaping salmon to the rivers, and a blaze of colour to the forests, before huge flocks of wildfowl arrive for winter.  This updated talk also includes dunlin, golden plover, hawk moths, jew's ear fungus, pine marten, hawfinch, blue sharks and a couple of Scottish surprises!!

24th April 2017

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Evening Talk: Valley Parade - The wildlife of the Lower Rio Grande Valley by Neil Glenn - 8.30pmEvening Talk: Valley Parade - The wildlife of the Lower Rio Grande Valley by Neil Glenn - 8.30pm

Although a tiny part of Texas, the Lower Rio Grande Valley has recorded over 550 species of birds and over 330 species of butterfly! This talk takes a look at some of the bird specialities of the area as well as a few butterflies, dragonflies, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and plants. 

Neil Glenn lives in Nottinghamshire where he has been a keen birdwatcher since his teens. His childhood holidays were spent in Norfolk engendering a love of that county, culminating in him writing the critically acclaimed 'Best Birdwatching Sites in Norfolk' many years later. He is a regular contributor to Bird Watching magazine and his birding as a tour guide for Avian Adventures has taken him to five continents.

26th April 2017

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Evening Talk: Moroccan Spice - From the High Atlas Mountains to the Sahara Desert by Neil Glenn - 8.30pmEvening Talk: Moroccan Spice - From the High Atlas Mountains to the Sahara Desert by Neil Glenn - 8.30pm

Morocco is a fascinating country, full of varied habitats that attract a wide range of resident and migrant birds. This talk is a mixture of the familiar and the exotic as far as British birders are concerned, as we visit snow clad mountains, coastal marshes, semi-desert and the edge of the mighty Sahara

Neil Glenn lives in Nottinghamshire where he has been a keen birdwatcher since his teens. His childhood holidays were spent in Norfolk engendering a love of that county, culminating in him writing the critically acclaimed 'Best Birdwatching Sites in Norfolk' many years later. He is a regular contributor to Bird Watching magazine and his birding as a tour guide for Avian Adventures has taken him to five continents.

27th April 2017

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Evening Talk: Autumn Migration In Southern Spain by Steve Lovell - 8.30pmEvening Talk: Autumn Migration In Southern Spain by Steve Lovell - 8.30pm

The area around Tarifa and Gibraltar is both bottleneck and a migration spectacle when conditions are favourable with literally thousands of birds passing overhead. There are also many other local sites of great ornithological interest as well as the straights of Gibraltar acting as a cetacean hotspot. This talk will look at them all.

1st May 2017

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Evening Talk: A flyway approach to the conservation of the Critically Endangered Sociable Lapwing by Rob Sheldon - 8.30pmEvening Talk: A flyway approach to the conservation of the Critically Endangered Sociable Lapwing by Rob Sheldon - 8.30pm

The Sociable Lapwing is a Critically Endangered species that migrates from its breeding grounds in central Asia to the wintering areas of the Middle East, north-east Africa, Pakistan and India. Research and conservation efforts have been ongoing since 2004 across many countries and involving many project partners. This talk will outline the approach that has been taken, some of the key findings so far and discusses the future for this wonderful bird and the implications for other species.

Rob Sheldon has worked in nature conservation for almost 20 years, including 12 years with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). Since 2013, he has been the Chairman of the Ornithological Society of the Middle East, The Caucasus and Central Asia (OSME). Most recently he has worked for the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) as the Director of the King Khalid Wildlife Research Centre (KKWRC) in Saudi Arabia.  He now works freelance as a consultant through RDS Conservation.

2nd May 2017

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Evening Talk: The wonders of migration and future conservation challenges by Rob Sheldon - 8.30pmEvening Talk: The wonders of migration and future conservation challenges by Rob Sheldon - 8.30pm

Migration is one of the most amazing wildlife spectacles that captures the imagination of a broad cross-section of the general public. But with the continued exploitation of natural resources around the world these spectacular events are under greater threat than ever before. This talk will showcase some of the incredible feats of migration, highlight some of the key conservation challenges and discuss what we can do to preserve these natural wonders for future generations.

Rob Sheldon has worked in nature conservation for almost 20 years, including 12 years with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). Since 2013, he has been the Chairman of the Ornithological Society of the Middle East, The Caucasus and Central Asia (OSME). Most recently he has worked for the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) as the Director of the King Khalid Wildlife Research Centre (KKWRC) in Saudi Arabia.  He now works freelance as a consultant through RDS Conservation.

3rd May 2017

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Evening Talk: Wild Ocean Watching… by Steve Lovell - 8.30pmEvening Talk: Wild Ocean Watching… by Steve Lovell - 8.30pm

Sail across the Bay of Biscay and experience Dolphins, Whales and Tall Ships. An illustrated evening talk by one of our regular guest speakers, Steve Lovell

4th May 2017

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Evening Talk: Taymyr the endless day by Brayton Holt - 8.30pmEvening Talk: Taymyr the endless day by Brayton Holt - 8.30pm

This illustrated talk is about Brayton’s 12 days camping on the Taymyr Peninsular about 600 miles North of the Arctic circle.  With both Red-necked and Red (grey) Phalaropes nesting close by the tent, and all around Long-tailed and Pomarine skuas, Snowy owls, Ruffs, Red-breasted and White-fronted geese, Curlew, Pectoral sandpipers, Long-tailed ducks and Steller`s eiders to name but a few.

5th May 2017

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Evening Talk: Tales from the Taiga by Ronan Dugan - 8.30pmEvening Talk: Tales from the Taiga by Ronan Dugan - 8.30pm

Ronan Dugan shares stories of adventure from his time alongside capercaillie and other wildlife in the natural Taiga forest of North West Russia. Ronan will also compare the forests of Russia to those of Scotland and describe what conservation stories he has learnt along the way.

11th May 2017

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Evening Talk: Wildlife and Birds of South Georgia by Andrew Clarke - 8.30pmEvening Talk: Wildlife and Birds of South Georgia by Andrew Clarke - 8.30pm

South Georgia is a spectacular wildlife-rich Antarctic island in the South Atlantic.  In this talk Andrew will give a brief outline of its discovery and history (particularly sealing and whaling), describe the wildlife (plants, marine mammals and birds), and end with a mention of conservation, including the recent successful eradication of rats.

18th May 2017

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Evening Talk: Springtime in New England by Jim Almond - 8.30pmEvening Talk: Springtime in New England by Jim Almond - 8.30pm

For most of May 2012, Jim Almond, the Shropshire Birder was on a tour of New England. This talk looks at the whole trip from getting the camera gear safely through customs, the odd mishap... to the birds and other highlights of the three states visited! Over 130 species of birds were seen including a good number of Warblers, Herons and most of these were photographed. Nature reserves, forests, the coast and gardens were the main habitats visited. Some of the native plants and creatures will also be featured. It was a truly memorable trip at absolutely the best time of year.....

22nd May 2017

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Evening Talk: Shetland to Scilly, Birds of the British Isles by Ashley Grove - 8.30pmEvening Talk: Shetland to Scilly, Birds of the British Isles by Ashley Grove - 8.30pm

This is my most popular lecture and as the title suggests takes the audience on a journey all the way from Shetland, right down to The Isles of Scilly. Basically a good excuse to show you some of Britain's wonderful bird life.  Over 130 species make an appearance during the lecture, which is rounded off by a montage of more images to music.

23rd May 2017

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Evening Talk: A Winter Weekend in Vancouver by Jim Almond - 8.30pmEvening Talk: A Winter Weekend in Vancouver by Jim Almond - 8.30pm

Well, a bit longer than that actually!  This talk by The Shropshire Birder, Jim Almond covers the events of a trip to the Vancouver area and Vancouver island in Feb/Mar 2008. Whilst this is the wrong time of year for seeing migrants, it was a golden opportunity to see resident birds and plenty of wildfowl. Coastal birds featured include Black Turnstone and Black Oystercatcher with Harlequin Duck, inland birds such as Ringed-neck Duck, Wood Duck and Hooded Merganser. Common raptors seen include Red-tailed Hawk and Bald Eagle. The amazing Anna's Hummingbird (pictured right) overwinters here and other specialities featured are American Dipper, Northern Flicker and Pileated Woodpecker. I was on a lecture tour and these are the moments I managed to spend birding in this fantastic west coast area of Canada!

24th May 2017

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Evening Talk: The state of nature by Dr Mark Eaton - 8.30pmEvening Talk: The state of nature by Dr Mark Eaton - 8.30pm

An illustrated evening talk by Dr Mark Eaton, Principle Conservation Scientist with the RSPB and chair of the Rare Birds Breeding Panel.  A partnership of 50 conservation and research organisations will launch the second State of Nature report in the autumn of 2016. Three years on from the ground-breaking first report, this will give an updated stocktake on the wildlife of the UK and its crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories. Mark, one of the report's lead authors, will describe what the report tells us about how our nature has changed over the last four-five decades, what has driven those changes, and what action is being taken to help address the loss of nature.

29th May 2017

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Evening Talk: Counting birds for conservation - and for fun by Dr Mark Eaton - 8.30pmEvening Talk: Counting birds for conservation - and for fun by Dr Mark Eaton - 8.30pm

An illustrated evening talk by Dr Mark Eaton, Principle Conservation Scientist with the RSPB and chair of the Rare Birds Breeding Panel.  It is often stated that birds in the UK may be the best monitored wildlife anywhere in the world. If not, they're certainly close, and this is only possible due to the immense contribution of many thousands of volunteers who contribute time and expertise to this monitoring. Mark will give an overview of the UK's bird monitoring schemes, the role that volunteers play in them, and the value of their efforts to conservation. He hopes to recruit new surveyors by the end of his talk!

31st May 2017

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Evening Talk: Blackcaps and Bird Migration by David ParkinEvening Talk: Blackcaps and Bird Migration by David Parkin

Until the 1960s, Blackcaps were regarded as a summer visitor to Britain.  Now, increasing numbers are recorded every winter.  These are not British-bred birds, but migrants from Central Europe.  Experimental work using orientation cages, coupled with captive-breeding has shown that this behaviour is under genetic control.  A new migration strategy is evolving and has led to the divergence of these British-wintering birds from the parental population in Germany.  It seems that we are witnessing incipient speciation in our time.  This talk will describe how the phenomenon is being unravelled by scientists across Europe.

David was Professor of Genetics at Nottingham University specialising in the evolution and population genetics of birds.  I have lectured to audiences as diverse as international ornithological and genetics congresses, university departments in Britain and overseas, plus hundreds of lectures to undergraduates.  

5th June 2017

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Evening Talk: Marking Birds for Science and Conservation by David ParkinEvening Talk: Marking Birds for Science and Conservation by David Parkin

Birders have been using metal rings for over 100 years.  More recently, coloured rings have been used to make individual recognition without the need for recapture.  However, information could only be accessed when the bird was in sight: not a great deal of help for a trans-oceanic or trans-Saharan migrant.  Now, electronic gizmos have been developed that allow birds to be tracked throughout the year, often in ‘real time’.  This talk will describe the various technologies and how they are telling us new things about the birds that we thought we knew so well.

David was Professor of Genetics at Nottingham University specialising in the evolution and population genetics of birds.  I have lectured to audiences as diverse as international ornithological and genetics congresses, university departments in Britain and overseas, plus hundreds of lectures to undergraduates.  

7th June 2017

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Evening Talk: A Spoonful of Thailand by The Biggest TwitchEvening Talk: A Spoonful of Thailand by The Biggest Twitch

Thailand is a visual delight with colourful sights around every corner.  Join Ruth Miller and Alan Davies of The Biggest Twitch as they explore a variety of habitats including coasts, saltpans, forest and high mountains and share with you the most vibrant and exciting birds and mammals of this wonderful country.

11th June 2017

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Evening Talk: I’m a Bit of a Bug-er by Richard Pegler - 8.30pmEvening Talk: I’m a Bit of a Bug-er by Richard Pegler - 8.30pm

This talk will feature the insect world and macro photography. The talk majors on Butterflies and Dragonflies, but will feature many other types of creepy crawlies too!

12th June 2017

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Evening Talk: Little Owls of Leicestershire by Richard Pegler - 8.30pmEvening Talk: Little Owls of Leicestershire by Richard Pegler - 8.30pm

There’s no denying that Little Owls exude character in their appearance and behaviour but, although they are probably UK’s second most numerous owl, many birdwatchers have difficulty in finding them. Richard has been monitoring and photographing Little Owls at more than forty Leicestershire sites, and will talk about their lives and characters, and the field craft of finding, observing, and photographing them. There will also be some owls that aren’t so little!

14th June 2017

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Evening Talk: Tales From Concrete Jungles by David Lindo - 8.30pmEvening Talk: Tales From Concrete Jungles by David Lindo - 8.30pm

David Lindo, also known as The Urban Birder, has visited over 270 cities worldwide in search of urban birds. During his travels he has found a surprising number of committed conservationists, interesting birding locations and importantly, many birds. Join him on his journey in and sometimes outside cities throughout the world.

28th June 2017

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Evening Talk: The Wet and The Dry - Two contrasting habitats in East Anglia by Terry and Helen Moore - 8.30pmEvening Talk: The Wet and The Dry - Two contrasting habitats in East Anglia by Terry and Helen Moore - 8.30pm

The Fens and the Brecks both owe their existence to the last great ice-age but they are very different extreme environments for wildlife and man.

Terry has specialised over many years on talks on British amphibians and reptiles and both Helen and Terry run courses regularly for the local wildlife trust on amphibian surveys.  Both Terry and Helen I have had a great crested licence for around 40 years and Terry used to be the holder for all great crested newt records in their region. They also are part of the Breckland Flora Group monitoring many rare plants on Breckland which has 28% of the rarest plants in the UK. 

10th July 2017

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Evening Talk: British Orchids Local to the Grant Arms by Terry and Helen Moore - 8.30pmEvening Talk: British Orchids Local to the Grant Arms by Terry and Helen Moore - 8.30pm

Orchids are commonly associated with thoughtful gifts or exotic displays in tropical hot-houses; to others their unique approach to survival has been a source of fascination to scientists such as Linnaeus and Darwin. World-wide they are very successful, maybe 1 in every 15 plant species are orchids. Great Britain is home to more than 50 orchid species, all of which are intriguing because of the way they evolve and adapt. None are common, many are rare, all have some sort of legal protection and many can be found a car-ride away from the hotel.

Terry has specialised over many years on talks on British amphibians and reptiles and both Helen and Terry run courses regularly for the local wildlife trust on amphibian surveys.  Both Terry and Helen I have had a great crested licence for around 40 years and Terry used to be the holder for all great crested newt records in their region. They also are part of the Breckland Flora Group monitoring many rare plants on Breckland which has 28% of the rarest plants in the UK.

 

12th July 2017

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Evening Talk: Unravelling the mysteries of migration by Dawn Balmer - 8.30pmEvening Talk: Unravelling the mysteries of migration by Dawn Balmer - 8.30pm

Dawn Balmer, National Survey Coordinator at the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) will be here to give us an updated fascinating insight into the migration patterns and satellite tracking of birds. The talk will look at some of the recent BTO work aimed at unravelling the mysteries of movement and migration of our birds. Using novel technology, we’ve been able to discover the wintering grounds of Cuckoos, follow the migration routes of Lesser Black-backed Gulls and learn more about the movements of Swifts, Nightingales and Nightjars.

24th July 2017

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Evening Talk: the A-Z of changes of birds in Scotland by Dawn Balmer - 8.30pmEvening Talk: the A-Z of changes of birds in Scotland by Dawn Balmer - 8.30pm

Dawn Balmer is Head of Surveys at BTO, and was lead author of Bird Atlas 2007–11. In this updated talk, she will share her thoughts on some of the most significant changes in the Scottish avifauna over the last 40 years. The talk will highlight some of these changes using the latest information from long-term surveys, projects and atlases.

26th July 2017

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Evening Talk: Birds in Jerusalem, the secrets of urban wildlife in the Holy city by Gidon Perlman - 8.30pmEvening Talk: Birds in Jerusalem, the secrets of urban wildlife in the Holy city by Gidon Perlman - 8.30pm

This talk will describe how birds and other animals survive and even thrive in the middle of the capital of Israel. Gidon will present the story of the Jerusalem Bird Observatory a ringing station on the Israeli capitol hill that rings thousands of birds every year, some even from the British isles!

Gidon Perlman is the brother of Yoav Perlman who is talking tomorrow.  He is a professional ornithologist and the director of the Jerusalem Bird Observatory which is a unique wildlife sanctuary in the heart of Jerusalem, he also is the director of the Israeli bird ringing centre.

4th August 2017

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Evening Talk: Birding in Israel - Where Migration is Defined by Yoav Perlman - 8.30pmEvening Talk: Birding in Israel - Where Migration is Defined by Yoav Perlman - 8.30pm

In this talk Yoav will describe the wonders of bird migration in Israel - the busiest migration bottleneck in the world.  He will also talk about Champions of the Flyway, a bird race for conservation that raises funds to prevent illegal killing of birds around the Mediterranean Basin.

Yoav Perlman is director of science and monitoring for the Israeli Ornithological Centre (Birdlife partner in Israel) and is currently doing a PhD at University of East Anglia in conservation ecology. He is a professional birder, wildlife photographer, writer and speaker

5th August 2017

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Evening Talk: Florida Gulf Coast Birding by Ellen McKeefe - 8.30pmEvening Talk: Florida Gulf Coast Birding by Ellen McKeefe - 8.30pm

The US National Audubon Society credits Florida with about 550 bird species; among the top five US states.  The 440-acre Celery Fields wetland counts 225 as of Spring, 2017.  Six miles east of the Gulf of Mexico, this birding microcosm attracts visitors year-round, including many from the UK. 

Beginning in the 1920’s, commercial farmers grew celery in the mucky, rich soil.  Birds and birders knew the area well.  In 1995, government entities purchased the land to create a flood control zone, building canals and locks.  Wetlands and ponds were a by-product so many bird species continued to feed and nest.  In 2001, Sarasota Audubon stepped in with a species count and suggestions for native plants that would attract even more birds.  This collaboration resulted in a successful repurposing of agricultural land, two boardwalks that extend into the marsh and an Audubon Nature Center.  And the desired flood mitigation zone.

All year-round visitors flock to the boardwalks for up-close views of Roseate Spoonbills, Purple Gallinules, Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, Sandhill Cranes, Least Bitterns, Red-shouldered Hawks, Osprey and the full complement of herons, egrets and other waders.  During spring and fall migration Marsh Wrens, Virginia Rails, Northern Harriers, American White Pelicans and countless warblers pass through.  Bald Eagles are the daily rock stars as they grab fish or small ducks then proceed to a nearby feeding platform.

Ellen McKeefe is one of about 30 volunteer Bird Naturalists at Celery Fields.  They provide scopes and spot birds and other critters for visitors.  A life-long birder, Ellen grew up in the Adirondacks where New York State meets Quebec.  She is a retired television news producer who lived and worked in Europe and the Middle East for many years.  

23rd August 2017

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Evening Talk: Wildlife in Motion by Cain Scrimgeour - 8.30pmEvening Talk: Wildlife in Motion by Cain Scrimgeour - 8.30pm

Join award winning filmmaker Cain Scrimgeour for an evening of short films spanning his early career. Discover the beauty of nature, the difficulties of capturing it on camera, and the adventures that accompany it.

11th September 2017

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Evening Talk: Wild Intrigue Expeditions: rewilding students by Heather DeveyEvening Talk: Wild Intrigue Expeditions: rewilding students by Heather Devey

Using inspiring, remote locations in northern Britain as bases, undergraduates attend Wild Intrigue Expeditions to learn techniques in surveying and photographing wildlife in the field; all whilst contributing to the conservation of lesser surveyed sites, and re-connecting with Nature.

Discover the species recorded during these Expeditions, in fascinating locations such as the Isle of Carna, and find out how these wild, educational adventures are supporting an intrigue for Nature within young people. 

13th September 2017

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Evening Talk: The Wildlife and Ecology of The Exe Estuary & Jurassic Coast by Rod Lawrence - 8.30pmEvening Talk: The Wildlife and Ecology of The Exe Estuary & Jurassic Coast by Rod Lawrence - 8.30pm

The incredible variety of plants and animals together with the fascinating geology that makes this, England’s only natural World Heritage Site, will be described in this presentation.  The ancient past and the modern ecology will be unraveled.

Rod runs ‘Faraway Wildlife’ a small company which provides a complete environmental, conservation package, from ecological surveys to eco friendly travel and study tours.  He is also deeply involved with conservation projects in various countries concerned with re-establishing damaged and destroyed habitat and the animals it contained.

18th September 2017

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Evening Talk: The Real Majorca by Rod Lawrence - 8.30pmEvening Talk: The Real Majorca by Rod Lawrence - 8.30pm

Away from the tourist resorts lies an unspoiled paradise filled with a huge variety of plants and animals.  Mountains, marshlands, meadows and sea cliffs, all wait to be discovered 

Rod runs ‘Faraway Wildlife’ a small company which provides a complete environmental, conservation package, from ecological surveys to eco friendly travel and study tours.  He is also deeply involved with conservation projects in various countries concerned with re-establishing damaged and destroyed habitat and the animals it contained.

20th September 2017

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Evening Talk: The Lost Beasts of Britain – Their History Culture and Folklore by Derek Gow - 8.30pmEvening Talk: The Lost Beasts of Britain – Their History Culture and Folklore by Derek Gow - 8.30pm

Derek will talk about those animals which were once wild natives of this land such as the beaver, the boar, the wild cat, and the wolf and look at their history and place in our culture and folklore.

Derek founded “Derek Gow Consultancy Ltd” in 2003 having begun working with water voles in 1995. Derek is the principal ecologist at the Derek Gow Consultancy. He is a key enthusiast and working group member for the reintroduction of the European beaver.

2nd October 2017

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Evening Talk: A History of Nature Conservation in North American National Parks by Derek Gow - 8.30pmEvening Talk: A History of Nature Conservation in North American National Parks by Derek Gow - 8.30pm

Conservation in the United States can be traced back to the 19th century with the formation of the first National Park (Yellowstone National Park) in 1872.  Derek will talk about the history of this Nature Conservation movement to present day.

Derek Gow: Derek founded the consultancy in 2003 having begun working with water voles in 1995. Derek is the principal ecologist at the Derek Gow Consultancy. He is a key enthusiast and working group member for the reintroduction of the European beaver.

4th October 2017

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Evening Talk: In search of Mountain Burnet Moth in the Cairngorms by Pete Moore - 8.30pmEvening Talk: In search of Mountain Burnet Moth in the Cairngorms by Pete Moore - 8.30pm

In the UK, the Mountain Burnet moth is confined to just a few hills in the Cairngorms near to Braemar. In 2009, moth enthusiast Pete Moore undertook a thorough survey of this beautiful day-flying mountain specialist. In two weeks of exceptionally sunny weather he discovered new colonies and saw more Mountain Burnets than anyone had ever seen before in the UK! In this talk he will describe the ecology of the moth, his survey findings and how this was a once in a lifetime experience.

12th October 2017

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Evening Talk: Filming adventures with Waterbirds by Nigel Marven - 8.30pmEvening Talk: Filming adventures with Waterbirds by Nigel Marven - 8.30pm

Wildlife film producer and presenter, Nigel Marven will talk about some of his adventures filming birds on or near water….!!

Nigel worked at the BBC for well over a decade, producing many primetime wildlife films including Incredible Journeys and Life of Birds. He eventually left to join Granada Television, where he continued to produce cutting-edge wildlife films but also found a new role in front of the camera. Five years later, Nigel is now running his own production company, Image Impact, and making films that are screened all over the world.

13th November 2017

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Evening Talk: It shouldn't happen to a wildlife presenter by Nigel Marven - 8.30pmEvening Talk: It shouldn't happen to a wildlife presenter by Nigel Marven - 8.30pm

Nigel worked at the BBC for well over a decade, producing many primetime wildlife films including Incredible Journeys and Life of Birds. He eventually left to join Granada Television, where he continued to produce cutting-edge wildlife films but also found a new role in front of the camera. Five years later, Nigel is now running his own production company, Image Impact, and making films that are screened all over the world. In this talk he will tell us about some of his "adventures" around the world making some of his well-known programmes.

15th November 2017

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RED DEER RUT WEEK Saturday 14th to Saturday 21st October 2017

Come and join us for the Red Deer Rut.  A full BWWC programme of wildlife watching events is included along with trips to try and see the Red Deer rutting.  From just £455pp (for 7 nights) DB&B.


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