Thursday 21st September – A History of Birding in Norfolk

Speaker – Moss Taylor

Moss Taylor has been birding since his childhood in Essex in the 1950s. He moved to Norfolk in 1969, after qualifying in medicine and worked as a general practitioner in Sheringham until 1995, when he took early retirement. He was a BTO ringer for 55 years, but now concentrates on recording visible migration and bird photography, mostly at Weybourne Camp, where he has been keeping records since 1972. He has written or co-authored seven books, including The Birds of Norfolk and The Norfolk Bird Atlas.

Since before the days of the Victorian bird collectors, North Norfolk has been renowned as an area that attracts wildfowl, waders & rare birds. In this illustrated talk, Moss Taylor traces the development of birdwatching from the early local wildfowlers and ‘Gentlemen Gunners’, to the establishment of the bird reserves at Cley and Blakeney Point.

Norfolk has a rich source of written material on the change from the era of collecting to modern day conservation, and extracts from this, along with some of the fascinating characters that achieved these changes, form the basis of The History of Birding in North Norfolk.


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