Welcome

Buzzard at Sparham Pools – Hilary Gostling

Welcome to the website of the Wensum Valley Birdwatching Society.

 WVBS is an active and friendly Norfolk  birdwatching society with  c130 members. Our indoor meetings  are held on the third Thursday of each month at 7.30p.m, and feature a guest speaker. They are held at Great Witchingham Village Hall, Hubbards Loke, NR9 5AZ. (Directions to the hall can be found at www.gwvh.org.uk).

We also organise bird-watching field trips each month to different outdoor venues.

Details of our activities are advertised here, on our Twitter site and in local parish magazines. For more  information about  WVBS, follow this website where you find further details of forthcoming events, and also recent reports about our Indoor Meetings and Field Trips.

 WVBS covers the area of the Wensum Valley  in Norfolk which follows the River Wensum between Norwich and Fakenham. (A map can be found by following the link in “Submit Your Bird Sightings”).

Formed in March 2003, the society has the following aims:

  1. Encourage and share the enjoyment of birdwatching in the Wensum Valley.
  2. Encourage novice birdwatchers to take an active part in birdwatching.
  3. Share information with other members.
  4. Gather and collate data on birds in the area.
  5. Participate in regional and national surveys within the defined area.
  6. Liaise with other conservation groups within the area and more widely.
  7. To administer the society in an environmentally sensitive manner.

We have a good mix of experienced birders and beginners and we are always happy to welcome new members and visitors to any of our activities. (If you are interested in joining follow the heading for “Join Us”).

We look forward to welcoming you to one of our outdoor meetings, or our indoor meetings at Great Witchingham Village Hall, click here for directions 

Stop press – Zoom meeting this week

Paul Noakes – Can you give a Swift a home? Zoom Presentation    16th July 7.15p.m for 7.30p.m

Swifts are with us for just three months each summer, bringing spectacular action and excitement to our skies. These amazing birds have shared our buildings since Roman times, breeding in our eaves and gables, but as modern and renovated buildings exclude these features they may not be with us for much longer. Unless we help them Swifts will vanish from the UK. Local GP Paul Noakes volunteers for Swift Conservation and will explain all about Swifts, why they matter, and how we can help them thrive.

When the Indoor Meeting was planned initially we had hoped to spend part of the evening outdoors, but this has been scuppered by Covid. To make the presentation more meaningful and interactive those who intend to join us on Zoom are invited if they wish, to send a photograph of their houses, so that Paul can offer the best advice as to which box to use and where to site them.

Participants please forward your photographs to wvbs.chair@gmail.com

 

Events cancelled for July & August

We regret to advise that we have cancelled the Indoor meetings and  Outdoor meetings for June. We will keep a close eye on Government guidelines and will look to restart or programme of events as soon as possible.

 

WVBS WhatsApp Group

In these worrying times members are encouraged to join our group and can communicate with each other if help is needed.

We would also encourage existing group members and new ones to regularly post sightings in and around the valley. If you would like to join please contact one of our joint co-ordinators Nick Edwards or Steve Chapman by text or phone and they will include you. Nick’s number is 07565 602249 and Steve’s is 07595332035.

 

Western Isles Trip 28th August 2020:

The Society has organised a members trip to The Western Isles with Oriole Birding, which remains in place. We will naturally review the position regularly with Oriole and hope that the tour goes ahead.  See Forthcoming Events for full details.

 

Twitter

To access our Twitter page click on the  #WV Bird tweets link in the Twitter box, on the right hand side of this page, which will take you to the WVBS Twitter page – why not look and see what interesting goodies are here or even better contribute to the site yourselves. If members need help then please see the article in October 2018 Newsletter.

 

 

WVBS is registered as a fundraising cause

Since joining  Easy Fundraising the Society has raised c £285 simply by members logging onto easy fundraising and then being transferred to the on line retailers who participate. Retailers include M & S,  John Lewis, Amazon and many more. Only c 8 members currently take part and the potential to raise more is huge.

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Every time you shop on the internet we receive a thank you donation at over 4000 major retailers and it costs you nothing!! Please register now at http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk and then go shopping!!

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