Events

Special Events at the Grant Arms Hotel

Evening Talk: Otter to Orca an A-Z of a summer of Shetland wildlife by Tim StentonEvening Talk: Otter to Orca an A-Z of a summer of Shetland wildlife by Tim Stenton

A photographer, author, biologist and wildlife guide, Tim has spent the last few summers on the beautiful Shetland Islands. Drawing on his extensive collection of images and videos he will take us on a journey from otter to orca taking in the mammals, birds and plants of the islands.

19th February 2018

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Evening Talk: Creating and filming your own wildlife haven by Kate MacRaeEvening Talk: Creating and filming your own wildlife haven by Kate MacRae

Kate MacRae, also known as ‘WildlifeKate’ has been passionate about wildlife for as long as she can remember. This passion, combined with a love of technology has led her to set up nearly 20 cameras in her garden and over 30 in a private 7-acre site called Yew View, that she manages for wildlife. She has appeared on BBC Springwatch, Autumnwatch, Countryfile and Gardeners’ World, sharing her passion for wildlife with a wider audience. Kate is also the UK Ambassador for Bushnell, working extensively with trail cameras. Kate will be setting a range of cameras up in our locality and sharing her captures and tips with us.  Kate’s talk will show us not only how she has set up her cameras but also show us how easy it is to do ourselves. It will also feature some of the fascinating footage she has captured, including intimate views of badgers inside a sett she created, that was featured in the latest BBC Autumnwatch series.

21st February 2018

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Evening Talk: Dog Sledging in Norway by Ron EvendonEvening Talk: Dog Sledging in Norway by Ron Evendon

One of our regular and much-loved guests, Ron Evendon, will delight us with this talk on his trips to Norway with his wife Joan.  The talk will detail how they started going to Norway for dog sledging trips, the accommodation, the dogs and the routines, as well as the day trips from the base and touring from chalet to chalet, camping out in tents with daily expeditions, the Northern Lights and the new winter sport of “chase the toilet roll”.

26th February 2018

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Evening Talk: Upland Wildlife by Iolo WilliamsEvening Talk: Upland Wildlife by Iolo Williams

Iolo Williams gives an overview of the multitude of wildlife we can see in our uplands. From the high ground to heather moorland, from rocky cliffs to upland streams, our high ground is home to an incredible array of plants and animals.

Iolo started working for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds in 1985.  His role as Species Officer for Wales entailed monitoring rare birds such as red kites, black grouse and chough, advising key landowners such as the Forestry Commission and National Trust, and investigating crimes against wild birds. The latter, in particular, brought him to the attention of the media and, threatened by a desk-bound management job in 1998, he left the RSPB to work in television and radio. Since then, he has presented wildlife and open air programmes in English and Welsh on BBC and S4C, including reports for Spring Watch and Autumn Watch.

5th March 2018

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Evening Talk: Glen Tanar: a diverse Highland estate by Colin McCleanEvening Talk: Glen Tanar: a diverse Highland estate by Colin McClean

Colin McClean is the Wildlife Manager at the Glen Tanar Estate, in this talk he will cover how the estate is managed and its wildlife, including the wildlife management issues and conflicts they are involved in and wildlife watching/ photography opportunities they offer. 

8th March 2018

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Evening Talk: Raptors of Abernethy by Ian PerksEvening Talk: Raptors of Abernethy by Ian Perks

Abernethy is home to nearly 5,000 recorded species, nearly 800 of which are rare, scarce or threatened.  The reserve plays host to 9 species of regularly breeding raptor.  Ian Perks, conservation manager at Abernethy will talk about these species and the amazing things that they get up to, often far away from the attentions of humans.

22nd March 2018

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Evening Talk: Counting birds across Europe, and what it tells us by Dr Mark EatonEvening Talk: Counting birds across Europe, and what it tells us by Dr Mark Eaton

In recent years great strides have been taken in the development of bird monitoring across Europe, involving many thousands of volunteer birdwatchers from Portugal to the Ukraine. Mark will introduce the likes of the Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring Scheme, the 2nd European Breeding Bird Atlas and the online EuroBirdPortal, and reveal what these tell us about the state of Europe’s birds, highlighting conservation successes and concerns across the continent.

Mark is the Principal Conservation Scientist for the RSPB, responsible for overseeing the RSPB's involvement in the monitoring of birds in the UK and overseas. 

9th April 2018

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Evening Talk:My Diseases and Other Animals by Mike DilgerEvening Talk:My Diseases and Other Animals by Mike Dilger

My Diseases and Other Animals is a whistle-stop tour around the world in 50 minutes. This illuminating, fun and yet informative lecture, recounts Mike’s travels over three continents while working as a research biologist in the world’s tropical forests. In addition to spending long periods in the back-of-beyond, which included encounters with both remote tribes and rare wildlife, he also managed to accumulate an impressive array of diseases such as malaria, leishmaniasis & ringworm - earning him the nick-name of ‘Britain’s most diseased man’. However his talk is much more than just about bilharzia and botflies, as Mike also talks passionately about a number of the very real and current problems in conserving some of the world’s most important biodiversity hotspots.

11th April 2018

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Evening Talk: Birding in Northumberland by Dr Mark EatonEvening Talk: Birding in Northumberland by Dr Mark Eaton

As well as a rich history, deep culture and stunning landscape, Northumberland has a lot to offer the birdwatcher. Mark will give an illustrated overview of the Northumberland birding year, highlighting the many exciting species that are resident or visit the county, and introducing some of its special birding sites.

Mark is the Principal Conservation Scientist for the RSPB, responsible for overseeing the RSPB's involvement in the monitoring of birds in the UK and overseas. 

12th April 2018

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Evening Talk: Go Birding by John MilesEvening Talk: Go Birding by John Miles

John has contributed to Bird Watching magazine since 1990 and now has a monthly feature in the 'Go Birding' slot covering much of the North of England and Scotland with even Norfolk appearing from time to time. This covers short articles on where to go birding often as circular walks or drives and has allowed John to wonder at will such as this talk. {may be even some locations close to the hotel!}

19th April 2018

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Evening Talk: Wales' Wild Places by Iolo WilliamsEvening Talk: Wales' Wild Places by Iolo Williams

This talk picks a handful of sites from Iolo Williams' new book, 'Wales' Top 40 Wildlife Sites".  From the uplands to hay meadows and wetlands to the coast, Iolo gives an insight to some of the Principality's key wildlife sites and what to see there.

Iolo started working for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds in 1985.  His role as Species Officer for Wales entailed monitoring rare birds such as red kites, black grouse and chough, advising key landowners such as the Forestry Commission and National Trust, and investigating crimes against wild birds. The latter, in particular, brought him to the attention of the media and, threatened by a desk-bound management job in 1998, he left the RSPB to work in television and radio. Since then, he has presented wildlife and open air programmes in English and Welsh on BBC and S4C, including reports for Spring Watch and Autumn Watch.

23rd April 2018

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Evening Talk: Scilly Pelagic Magic by Jim Almond - 8.30pmEvening Talk: Scilly Pelagic Magic by Jim Almond - 8.30pm

I'm now officially a 'veteran' of pelagic trips from St Mary's on the Isle of Scilly! With 18 trips under my belt (13 of them during the August seabird passage season) I have plenty of images and stories to tell from my time on MC Sapphire! A heavy sea in a small boat is not to everyone's liking so sit back, relax and enjoy! From the ever-present Gulls, Fulmars and Gannets, the interest notches up a gear with Skuas, Petrels and Shearwaters. It's not just about the birds either with Dolphins and Sunfish on offer plus some of the Blue Sharks landed for tagging studies. Find out how the birds are attracted, the magic of 'chum' (without the smell) and some of my most exhilarating birding moments ever, including an epic encounter with a Fea's Petrel.

25th April 2018

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Evening Talk: Golden Birding Moments by Jim AlmondEvening Talk: Golden Birding Moments by Jim Almond

A compilation from some of my best birding moments and favourite locations which will suit any audience. Starting with a 'golden theme', great winter birds then moving on to locations including Vancouver Island, New England, Scotland and the Farne islands, all featuring new images. Genera features include Falcons, Grebes, Herons, Crossbills, Gulls and Waxwings. A section on photography and the most unpredictable and exciting form of birding - pelagic trips. Finally, Short-eared Owls and Hen Harriers with a haunting musical finale to bring the talk to a close.

26th April 2018

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Evening Talk: Birding with your eyes shut by Ben Darvill - 8.30pmEvening Talk: Birding with your eyes shut by Ben Darvill - 8.30pm

Shut your eyes, open your ears and listen. The spring chorus is one of nature's greatest gifts. Learn how to recognise the different species and you'll be amazed how it transforms your birding. Pick up some tips, then why not join Ben on a walk to practice your skills?

Ben is the BTO’s Development & Engagement Manager (Scotland).  He is a conservationist at heart, but also a field naturalist and scientist.  A keen birder, he also volunteers for the Scottish Raptor Monitoring Scheme and of course for BTO.

30th April 2018

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Evening Talk: All Bustards Great And Small by Alan Davie & Ruth MillerEvening Talk: All Bustards Great And Small by Alan Davie & Ruth Miller

This talk by Alan Davies and Ruth Miller of The Biggest Twitch will be on birding in Exremadura covering their many visits to this bird rich area of Spain including lots of photos.

1st May 2018

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Evening Talk: The Raptor-monitoring Season Through the Lens by Ben Darvill - 8.30pmEvening Talk: The Raptor-monitoring Season Through the Lens by Ben Darvill - 8.30pm

Join Ben for a visual feast exploring the lives of commoner birds of prey through the raptor-monitoring season. High quality drone footage, photos and video will provide a unique and intimate insight into the lives of both raptors and raptor-fieldworkers. Find out what is involved, what we can learn, but above all soak up some stunning images from a unique perspective.

Ben is the BTO’s Development & Engagement Manager (Scotland).  He is a conservationist at heart, but also a field naturalist and scientist.  A keen birder, he also volunteers for the Scottish Raptor Monitoring Scheme and of course for BTO.

3rd May 2018

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Evening Talk: On the Trail of the Crane  - A journey through Europe by Ralph ToddEvening Talk: On the Trail of the Crane - A journey through Europe by Ralph Todd

We have now seen 11 of the 15 species of crane worldwide. Our fascination was inspired by the Eurasian Crane, first seen in 1982 at Lac du Der, Northern France.  In this talk we take an in depth look at the Eurasian (common) Crane which breeds in Northern Scandinavia. We follow its migration route from Extremadura, Spain, through Northern France into Sweden where they congregate for their courtship ritual and dances. Finally, into Finland where its success depends on the vast wilderness areas. Also touch we touch on the history and future of Cranes in England and cover the recent re-introduction programme which has seen cranes breeding in Somerset for the first time in over 400 years. We hope to show that by following the fortunes of just one species we can enjoy other wildlife, mainly birds, and some pleasant places to stay on route.

7th May 2018

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Evening Talk: Aotearoa – Land of the Long White Cloud by Mike ReadEvening Talk: Aotearoa – Land of the Long White Cloud by Mike Read

New Zealand is a wonderful place to visit for a wildlife holiday or to photograph the locations and wildlife.  This talk takes the form of a tour that Mike co-led to this island nation.  It visits coastal locations for Albatrosses and other seabirds right through to atmospheric forests of Southern Beech, Kauri and Tree Ferns.  There are glaciers to be seen in the Southern Alps and we visit the lower slopes of Aoraki or Mount Cooke.  Many endemic species have come close to extinction (including Black Stilt which has a population of just 120 in the wild) due to introduced predators.  Many of the rarities will be mentioned during this talk which is given alongside Mike’s stunning images.

9th May 2018

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Evening Talk: Natural History of Baja California and Southern California by Ralph ToddEvening Talk: Natural History of Baja California and Southern California by Ralph Todd

A journey around the deserts of Joshua Tree National Monument and Anza Borrego where flowers and birds abound. The Salton Sea in winter holds huge numbers of wildfowl. Baja California, possibly the best whale watching in the world – plus much else besides.

10th May 2018

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Evening Talk: Fair Isle and its Birds by Professor David ParkinEvening Talk: Fair Isle and its Birds by Professor David Parkin

Lying midway between Orkney and Shetland, Fair Isle is one of the most remote inhabited islands in our archipelago, and has been home to one of a network of Bird Observatories since the 1950s.  This lecture will describe the island and its recent history, and will show something of the observatory, its facilities and work recording the birds that live on or migrate through the island.  Its importance for seabirds and the routine monitoring of their populations will be described.  However, to many birders, Fair Isle is synonymous with exotic vagrants, and so some of the regular and not-so-regular birds will be described.

14th May 2018

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Evening Talk: The struggle to save the Spoon-billed Sandpiper by Professor David ParkinEvening Talk: The struggle to save the Spoon-billed Sandpiper by Professor David Parkin

This stunning and charismatic little bird is teetering on the edge of extinction.  Because such a remarkable member of our fauna cannot (nay, must not) be lost to future generations, a multi-national team has been working across its range to identify some of the causes of its catastrophic decline.  Armed with this information, there has been a range of efforts to halt further losses. This lecture will describe the technological developments involved in these researches and show that, although its future is not assured, there is real hope for the future of one of the world’s most extraordinary animals.

17th May 2018

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Evening Talk: Painting Wildlife - an inside guide by Chris RoseEvening Talk: Painting Wildlife - an inside guide by Chris Rose

As part of his ART WEEK with us, internationally renowned Wildlife Artist Chris Rose will give an illustrated evening talk about his own work and methods; you will see studio paintings progress from start to finish and he will talk about composition, colour and light being key elements to successful painting.

21st May 2018

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Evening Talk: Shetland to Scilly, Birds of the British Isles by Ashley GroveEvening Talk: Shetland to Scilly, Birds of the British Isles by Ashley Grove

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 2018

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Evening Talk: Painting Demonstration by Chris RoseEvening Talk: Painting Demonstration by Chris Rose

As part of his ART WEEK with us, internationally renowned Wildlife Artist Chris Rose will give a painting demonstration, where Chris will attempt to paint an entire  picture from start to finish in the space of an hour and a half. It will be a white-knuckle ride for him but should be a lot of fun for you!

24th May 2018

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Evening Talk: Counting over one million albatross nests: sun, sand, blisters, killer mice, plastic and birds!  by Stephanie WinnardEvening Talk: Counting over one million albatross nests: sun, sand, blisters, killer mice, plastic and birds! by Stephanie Winnard

Midway Atoll, is located (as the name suggests) midway between North America and Asia, and is home to 3 million seabirds. Over 2 million of these are albatross, including the oldest known bird in the world- Wisdom the 65 year old Laysan albatross. Every year a team of volunteers undertakes the mammoth task of counting every nest on the island to monitor the population. Steph Winnard tells us about her recent trip to take part in the count, and details the wonderful animals that call Midway home, as well as discussing the threats posed from the Great Pacific garbage patch, and albatross eating mice.

Stephanie is a conservationist with a particular interest in seabirds and marine biology. She worked for the British Antarctic Survey on South Georgia for 2.5 years at two research stations, monitoring bird and mammal species, in particular four albatross species, gentoo penguins and Antarctic fur seals.  She currently works for the RSPB as project officer for the Albatross Task Force. 

28th May 2018

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Evening Talk: Saving the albatross on the High Seas by Stephanie WinnardEvening Talk: Saving the albatross on the High Seas by Stephanie Winnard

Albatrosses are one of the most endangered families of birds in the world, with 15 of 22 species at risk of extinction. They forage across the oceans, sometimes flying 3000 km for a single meal, often following fishing boats where a free meal is too appealing an opportunity to pass up. Sadly for 100,000 birds a year that meal is their last. Steph Winnard is part of the BirdLife International Marine Programme who work to reduce albatross deaths in fisheries around the world. In this talk she details the advances being made in protecting albatross through tracking their movements around the globe, teaching fishermen methods to avoid killing birds, and monitoring vessels from space.

Stephanie is a conservationist with a particular interest in seabirds and marine biology. She worked for the British Antarctic Survey on South Georgia for 2.5 years at two research stations, monitoring bird and mammal species, in particular four albatross species, gentoo penguins and Antarctic fur seals.  She currently works for the RSPB as project officer for the Albatross Task Force. 

31st May 2018

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Evening Talk: Birds of the Seychelles by Dr Graham Lenton - 8.30pmEvening Talk: Birds of the Seychelles by Dr Graham Lenton - 8.30pm

The Seychelles offers a wide range of habitats in which to watch birds. This talk focuses on the rare endemics and how they have been conserved from virtual extinction, in some cases, to sustainable populations (e.g. Seychelles warbler from 26 birds in 1959 to 3000 in 2007). Many of the endemics are numbered in the tens and hundreds and yet are maintaining viable populations in well organised conservation projects on the isolated islands that occur in the Seychelles.

5th June 2018

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Evening Talk: The spirit of Shackleton - South Georgia wildlife by Dr Graham Lenton - 8.30pmEvening Talk: The spirit of Shackleton - South Georgia wildlife by Dr Graham Lenton - 8.30pm

Ernest Shackleton’s attempt to cross Antarctica via the South Pole in 1914 ended in disaster when his ship, Endurance, became trapped in pack ice.  His crew reached Elephant Island in lifeboats but Shackleton left them there for four months as he set out for South Georgia in order to sound the alarm and hopefully rescue them. This is the story of his exploits and a visit to the remote island of South Georgia where king penguin colonies reach up to 200,000 individuals. Wildlife abounds on this mountainous island, with peaks up to 10,000 feet and old whaling stations rust after 50 years of abandonment. The talk concentrates on a visit by the speaker to South Georgia where colonies of Chinstrap, Macaroni, King and Gentoo penguins were seen, together with nesting wandering albatrosses, petrels, prions, shags, gulls and terns. The old whaling station of Grytviken is visited and part of the final walk by Shackleton over the island to Stromness whaling station was also taken. Finally, an historic and rare landing on Elephant Island, where Shackleton’s 22 men had been left, made a memorable and emotional finish to the trip and talk.

7th June 2018

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Evening Talk: How to be an Urban Birder by David LindoEvening Talk: How to be an Urban Birder by David Lindo

Have you ever wondered how birding in a city park can be comparable to stalking a remote headland? Ever thought about looking cool whilst birding but weren't sure how? And have you ever strolled down a busy street with binoculars proudly swinging from your neck? Allow David Lindo to walk you through the ins and outs of watching birds in built up areas. It's easier than you think.

8th June 2018

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Evening Talk: Swifts - Fantastic Birds that YOU can help! by Edward Mayer - 8.30pmEvening Talk: Swifts - Fantastic Birds that YOU can help! by Edward Mayer - 8.30pm

Swifts, those spectacular sickle-shaped birds that dash screaming in flocks through our skies above our homes and gardens, are in sad and sudden decline. They nest in eaves and gables, having lost their ancient forest nest places long ago, but re-roofing, insulation and new building designs have driven them out. Insecticides and wetter cooler summers haven't helped them either. But we can! Simple steps taken in our homes and gardens and neighbourhoods can help Swifts survive and thrive. This talk will tell you lots you might not know about Swifts, and most of all, will tell you how you can help them!

11th June 2018

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Evening Talk: Helping combat wildlife crime: the role of Birders Against Wildlife Crime (BAWC) by Rob Sheldon - 8.30pmEvening Talk: Helping combat wildlife crime: the role of Birders Against Wildlife Crime (BAWC) by Rob Sheldon - 8.30pm

Birders Against Wildlife Crime (BAWC) is an independent, volunteer-led, campaign group set up in 2014 by a group of experienced birders and conservationists who are appalled at the number of crimes being committed against wildlife. Our aim is to fight back, by 1) making the processes of Recognising, Recording, and Reporting wildlife crime as easy as possible (an initiative we term ‘the Three Rs’), 2) putting ‘eyes in the field’ and 3) highlighting how much wildlife crime takes place and what ‘the public’ really think about it. This talk will outline some of the successes and problems over the last few years and suggest how wildlife enthusiasts can help tackle wildlife crime.

13th June 2018

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Evening Talk: Migration at Batumi in Georgia by Rob Sheldon - 8.30pmEvening Talk: Migration at Batumi in Georgia by Rob Sheldon - 8.30pm

The Batumi bottleneck in Georgia is one of the most spectacular raptor migration spots in the world with more than a million birds of prey traversing the area each autumn. Standardised counts have been undertaken for 10 years that highlights the importance of this region for more than 30 different species of raptor. This talk will also look at the wider ornithological interest of this wonderful birdwatching destination. 

16th June 2018

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Evening Talk: Norfolk Through the Lens of a Naturalist by Moss Taylor - 8.30pmEvening Talk: Norfolk Through the Lens of a Naturalist by Moss Taylor - 8.30pm

‘Norfolk Through the Lens of a Naturalist’ is one of Moss Taylor’s most popular talks, being suitable for both keen birdwatchers and those interested in the countryside in general. The talk takes the audience through the changing scenes of the four seasons, visiting familiar parts of Norfolk, such as Broadland and Blakeney Point, as well as heathland and parkland in north Norfolk. During the presentation, he will use his own photographs to illustrate and talk about some of the flowers, butterflies, dragonflies, mammals, and of course, birds that are likely to be encountered. 

18th June 2018

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Evening Talk: The Amazing Journey from Egg to Nestling by Moss Taylor - 8.30pmEvening Talk: The Amazing Journey from Egg to Nestling by Moss Taylor - 8.30pm

‘The Amazing Journey from Egg to Nestling’ is Moss’s latest illustrated talk covering the remarkable changes that occur within an egg from before the time of laying to the escape of the nestling from the confines of its shell-encased first home. Although it is based on the research carried out by Professor Tim Birkhead as described in his delightful and highly readable book The Most Perfect Thing, it also includes observations made by Moss during his more than sixty years of birdwatching.

21st June 2018

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Evening Talk: The Wildlife and Country of Madagascar by John Young - 8.30pmEvening Talk: The Wildlife and Country of Madagascar by John Young - 8.30pm

 Madagascar is not just a good animated film but a country that has a diversity of some incredible wildlife most of it found nowhere else on Earth. This talk provides an introduction to the amazing wildlife that can be found in the country and covers some of the conservation challenges being faced.  

25th June 2018

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Evening Talk: Quest for the Fosa by John Young - 8.30pmEvening Talk: Quest for the Fosa by John Young - 8.30pm

A second visit to Madagascar to look for the largest of the endemic civet like carnivores, the fosa. Along the way our travels will take us in search of the elusive aye aye and the giant jumping rat.

28th June 2018

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Evening Talk: The Philippines: Paradise Lost by Simon Harrap - 8.30pmEvening Talk: The Philippines: Paradise Lost by Simon Harrap - 8.30pm

The Philippines are a biological treasure house. This cluster of more than 7000 islands extends for nearly 2000 kilometres across the warm tropical waters of the Pacific between Taiwan and Borneo. Most of the land area of the Philippines is divided amongst the eleven larger islands, with two-thirds accounted for by the two largest, Luzon and Mindanao. These rugged, mountainous islands have enjoyed a long and complex period of isolation which has resulted in an evolutionary explosion with considerable variation from one island to another. There are almost 4000 species of trees, over 160 species of mammals and over 240 species of reptiles. Nearly 600 species of bird have been recorded, of which around 400 are resident and well over 200 are endemic - they are found nowhere else in the world. Sadly, the marvellous flora and fauna of the Philippines are amongst the most threatened on the planet, threatened by deforestation, hunting and a rapidly increasing human population. During this talk we will explore this rich avifauna, from the impressive Philippine (or ‘Monkey-eating’) Eagle through pheasants, kingfishers, owls, parrots and pittas to beautiful sunbirds and babblers.

2nd July 2018

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Evening Talk: Scotland’s Alpine Flowers by Simon Harrap - 8.30pmEvening Talk: Scotland’s Alpine Flowers by Simon Harrap - 8.30pm

Scotland supports a wealth of alpine flowers unmatched anywhere else in the British Isles. Much of Scotland's uplands are unsuitable, however, due to the underlying geology, while the peaks and plateaus that do have suitable soils are mostly still subject to the depredations of innumerable sheep and deer. All this make the quest for Scotland’s alpine a real treasure hunt. The ability to undertake long, uphill walks and a head for heights are essential, but the rewards are great; fascinating and jewel-like plants set in grand, beautiful landscapes. From Ben Lawers north through the Cairngorms to Skye and Assynt, we will discover saxifrages, pearlworts and willows, as well as great rarities, including Diapensia, Alpine Catchfly and Iceland Purslane.

5th July 2018

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Evening Talk: Looking for the Goshawk - The Lost Raptor by Conor JamesonEvening Talk: Looking for the Goshawk - The Lost Raptor by Conor Jameson

Author and conservationist Conor Mark Jameson explores the roots of his fascination with the Northern Goshawk, and his quest to understand the 'phantom of the forest' better, and our relationship with it. The search takes him to some of the UK's remotest forests, including his native Scotland, and some of continental Europe's most populous cities...

9th July 2018

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Evening Talk: Freeing the Eagle - The Hudson Legacy by Conor JamesonEvening Talk: Freeing the Eagle - The Hudson Legacy by Conor Jameson

A life-size painting of a grey-whiskered man in tweed hangs above the fireplace in the main meeting room at RSPB headquarters, at Sandy in Bedfordshire. Author and conservationist Conor Mark Jameson explores why W H Hudson is there, how this impoverished immigrant from South America rose to prominence in Victorian and Edwardian Britain, what his contribution was in the early stirrings of conservation activism in the UK, his place in literature, and how his legacy can still be felt today.

12th July 2018

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Evening Talk: Put Away that 500mm by Jack PerksEvening Talk: Put Away that 500mm by Jack Perks

Jack is a wildlife photographer and cameraman working on various shows like Springwatch, Countryfile & The One Show. One of his trademark techniques is using wide angle lens to capture all kinds of wildlife from birds, mammals and reptiles showing you don't always need a long lens to get the shot just patience, field craft and luck!

30th July 2018

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Evening Talk: Underwater Photography by Jack PerksEvening Talk: Underwater Photography by Jack Perks

Jack is a wildlife photographer and cameraman working on various shows like Springwatch, Countryfile & The One Show. Starting out in Stoney cove in Leicestershire to diving the stunning red sea my underwater photography has taken all over the UK and this talk details the differences from land based photography and some of my experiences with seals, river fish and rockpools.

2nd August 2018

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Evening Talk: How to Identify, Record and Report Wildlife Crime by ex-Police Wildlife Crime Officer Alan StewartEvening Talk: How to Identify, Record and Report Wildlife Crime by ex-Police Wildlife Crime Officer Alan Stewart

There are many of us who walk in the countryside or who, even in our day to day unban business, encounter what we think may be wildlife crime. To give the best chance to the police to obtain evidence and, where necessary, to get a case successfully through court, may depend on our initial actions.  This talk tries to assist in the identification of an incident as a crime, what to do (and what not to do) in relation to gathering or preserving evidence. The role of the police, the prosecutor and the courts are also discussed.

24th September 2018

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Evening Talk: Freshwater Fishes of Britain by Jack PerksEvening Talk: Freshwater Fishes of Britain by Jack Perks

Jack is a wildlife photographer and cameraman working on various shows like Springwatch, Countryfile & The One Show56 species swim below our water but how many can you name? This talk goes through the species in detail with underwater photography and video.

26th November 2018

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Evening Talk: Put Away that 500mm by Jack PerksEvening Talk: Put Away that 500mm by Jack Perks

Jack is a wildlife photographer and cameraman working on various shows like Springwatch, Countryfile & The One Show. One of my trademark techniques is using wide angle lens to capture all kinds of wildlife from birds, mammals and reptiles showing you don't always need a long lens to get the shot just patience, field craft and luck!

29th November 2018

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VALENTINES BREAK Sunday 11th - Thursday 15th February 2018

Treat your loved one to a wildlife break for Valentines.  Package includes a romantic evening Dinner on Valentines Day as well as guided walks and trips with our wildlife guides.  From £310pp 


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