Events

Special Events at the Grant Arms Hotel

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 Parkin - 6.30pmEvening Talk: Marking Birds for Science and Conservation by David Parkin - 6.30pm

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: On a Rising Tide by Charlie Phillips - 8.30pmEvening Talk: On a Rising Tide by Charlie Phillips - 8.30pm

 Charlie is an internationally renowned award winning professional wildlife photographer and also happens to be the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Field Officer whose main responsibility is to provide constantly updated photos, footage and information about the six Bottlenose dolphins that the public can choose to support through the Adopt a Dolphin programme in the Moray Firth.  Charlie has been studying and photographing these amazing Bottlenose dolphins for over 20 years and his images are used in books, magazines and scientific papers worldwide.

19th 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: Birds, beasts and flowers in Western Australia by Derek McGinn - 8.30pmEvening Talk: Birds, beasts and flowers in Western Australia by Derek McGinn - 8.30pm

Over the years, I have been fortunate to visit and travel in Western Australia, a huge largely neglected state that makes up nearly half of the Australian land mass.  This talk introduces the audience to the amazing wildlife of this vast area. Included are birds of forest and city and the far north shores where migration studies of waders are carried out on the American/Pacific/Australasian Flyway. The marsupial mammals are included if for no other reason that they are what most people think of when asked about Australian wildlife. The underlying ancient geology and the soils that result have given rise to some very special plant species and these too will be illustrated in the talk. If you want to learn a little about this special place come along. If you have ever been there share your experience with the presenter and the audience and enjoy the process. You might be in for a surprise!!

4th September 2017

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Evening Talk: Big Beasts, Little Birds by Dorothy GraceEvening Talk: Big Beasts, Little Birds by Dorothy Grace

The talk looks at the wildlife on the Chobe River in Botswana and the Etosha Reserve in Namibia.  The Chobe River is a magnet for wildlife in the dry season. The abundant fish in the river support a wide range of birds from kingfishers to fish eagles, while buffalo graze and elephants come to drink. Etosha is a dry habitat, in which the watering holes act as magnets for many birds and mammals.

7th September 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: Britain's Garden Birds by Steve Lovell - 8.30pmEvening Talk: Britain's Garden Birds by Steve Lovell - 8.30pm

Steve Lovell is a wildlife and landscape gardener.  In this talk he will give a guide to identifying the birds in your garden, how to encourage them in to your garden and their current status – what can you do to help?

16th October 2017

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Evening Talk: Wildlife Spectacles of Britain by Steve Lovell - 8.30pmEvening Talk: Wildlife Spectacles of Britain by Steve Lovell - 8.30pm

Mammals/Birds - Britain really does have it all, both on land and at sea, in this talk Steve will show us some of the delights to be found on our doorstep.

18th October 2017

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Evening Talk: Sex on the Beach and Other Cocktails by Dr David Horsley - 8.30pmEvening Talk: Sex on the Beach and Other Cocktails by Dr David Horsley - 8.30pm

A tongue-in-cheek look at the biology and evolutionary significance of sex in in the wild through the medium of Cocktails. Explore the fascinating variety of ways that organisms get their genes into the next generation! 

Dr Dave Horsley is a former Head of Biology at Gresham’s School in Norfolk. He has a PhD in Evolutionary Genetics.

“As a keen naturalist and photographer I have always tried hard to bring as much wildlife into my biology teaching. At last I can do the reverse. Free from the constraints of the National Curriculum, I can devote my ‘teaching’ to largely wildlife with just a little explanation of the fascinating science that lies behind it.”

23rd October 2017

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Evening Talk: Birding in the Caribbean by Dr David Horsley - 8.30pmEvening Talk: Birding in the Caribbean by Dr David Horsley - 8.30pm

A popular cruise destination with island-hopping birding quite easy and the talk also introduces the common avifauna. However, there is an interesting background evolutionary story that parallels that of the Galapagos Islands, but which in many ways is more fascinating, as the founders come from two distinct continents – North and South America.

Dr Dave Horsley is a former Head of Biology at Gresham’s School in Norfolk. He has a PhD in Evolutionary Genetics.

“As a keen naturalist and photographer I have always tried hard to bring as much wildlife into my biology teaching. At last I can do the reverse. Free from the constraints of the National Curriculum, I can devote my ‘teaching’ to largely wildlife with just a little explanation of the fascinating science that lies behind it.”

26th October 2017

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Evening Talk: Pictures From Life by Darren Rees - 8.30pmEvening Talk: Pictures From Life by Darren Rees - 8.30pm

Artist and naturalist Darren Rees has been painting birds and leading wildlife holidays for 25 years. His illustrated talk describes his passion for art and nature, taking us through his working life from book illustrator to award-winning artist and popular tour guide, and features the sparkling artwork that describes his many encounters with wildlife around the world. With sketches and paintings from the Amazon to the Arctic Darren explains his methods for working in the field and the studio.    

During his 4 days with the BWWC at the Grant Arms Darren will be painting outside and guests and would-be sketchers are welcome to join him for some informal tuition and guidance.

1st November 2017

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Evening Talk: Scottish Wildlife in Winter by Nick Wilcox-Brown - 8.30pmEvening Talk: Scottish Wildlife in Winter by Nick Wilcox-Brown - 8.30pm

Nick is a wildlife photographer and wildlife cameraman and film-maker.  Photographing and filming wildlife is a challenge at the best of times.  The Scottish winter adds another dimension, but also a different perspective; the weather can change in a flash.  Wildlife photography and film-making is all about field craft; the ability to understand and second-guess your subject, to be able to work your way towards them without disturbance.

9th November 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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Evening Talk: ALASKA – the wildlife of the Last Frontier by Paul Rogers - 8.30pmEvening Talk: ALASKA – the wildlife of the Last Frontier by Paul Rogers - 8.30pm

This talk will cover visits to Nome in the west in search of the scarce Bristle-thighed Curlew, Musk Oxen and Moose. Barrow is over 300 miles north of the Arctic Circle and the home of Snowy Owls, Phalaropes and other waders. The spectacular Resurrection Bay is the place for Tufted Puffins, Bald Eagles, Killer and Humpback Whales.

20th November 2017

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Evening Talk: CANYONS AND CONDORS – the wildlife of the wild west by Paul RogersEvening Talk: CANYONS AND CONDORS – the wildlife of the wild west by Paul Rogers

In this talk, Paul will take a look at the success in saving the California Condor from extinction amidst the awe inspiring scenery of the Grand Canyon.  Monument Valley, features in many Hollywood Westerns but is also the haunt of many species adapted to a life in the deserts, including lizards, rattlesnakes and Roadrunners.

22nd November 2017

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Evening Talk: China's Wildlife at the Roof of the World by Eric McCabe - 8.30pmEvening Talk: China's Wildlife at the Roof of the World by Eric McCabe - 8.30pm

In this talk, Eric takes us on a trip to China to the little-visited high Tibetan plateau.

Endemic herbivores graze the sparse grass. Both mammalian and bird predators are in surprising number too. Definitely different (but rewarding) and the most physically demanding trip we have undertaken.

5th February 2018

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Evening Talk:My Diseases and Other Animals by Mike Dilger - 8.30pmEvening Talk:My Diseases and Other Animals by Mike Dilger - 8.30pm

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.

12th February 2018

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Evening Talk: Trials & Tribulations of a Natural History Presenter by Mike Dilger - 8.30pmEvening Talk: Trials & Tribulations of a Natural History Presenter by Mike Dilger - 8.30pm

The Trials and Tribulations of a Natural History Presenter is an illuminating and sideways look at what it takes to produce cheap and cheerful wildlife television. Mike spends the first half of the talk answering two questions: how he got into wildlife and how he got into television, before then featuring some clips from The One Show. Along the way, Mike reveals what goes on behind the scenes on location - in a nutshell the talk is everything you wanted to know about TV presenting but were afraid to ask!

13th February 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: 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.

2nd 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.

4th 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: 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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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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