Our Programme for 2020

WVBS Programmes for 2020


16th January: Nick Acheson – Conservation in Norfolk

Nick was born in North Norfolk and currently lives there. For ten years he lived in South America, working with conservation NGO’s such as WWF and Wetlands International. He also spent three years in Asia and has worked with wildlife on every continent. A conservationist by passion and commitment, since his return to the UK he has worked for Norfolk Wildlife Trust, The Wildlife Trusts and The Hawk & Owl Trust.

Conservation in Norfolk is a new talk written by Nick for WVBS.

20th February: Hugh Hanmer (BTO) – Project Owl – Secrets of the Night.

From 30th September 2018 to 30th March 2019 more than 9,000 volunteers took part in a BTO survey to help us learn about the Tawny Owl population change and understand more about their calling behaviour. Other work on Owls is continuing and Hugh will enlighten us with the latest “Secrets of the Night”.

March – Decemer 2020 indoor meetings cancelled

18th June: Allan Hale – Virtual meeting via Zoom – Normal for Norfolk

WVBS member, wit and raconteur Allan Hale regales us with another of his birding adventures.

30th July:  Virtual meeting via Zoom -Paul Noakes – Can you give a Swift a home?

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.

17th September: Dr Simon Gillings (BTO) – Nocturnal Migration – Zoom presentation

Dr Simon Gillings is Head and Principal Ecologist at BTO and explains more about this fascinating aspect of bird behaviour. There has been a marked increase in interest in Nocturnal Migration in recent years and how audio recording and radar are starting to shed light on these activities. Many bird species migrate largely or exclusively at night, while others engage in nocturnal activities such as display flights or movements to nocturnal foraging grounds. These activities, which probably go on over your garden while you sleep, are poorly understood.

15th October: Lizzie Bruce (RSPB) Titchwell & Snettisham going into 2021 – Zoom presentation

Lizzie is warden at the RSPB Flagship Reserve Titchwell & Snettisham, birding hotspots that need no introduction to WVBS members. Lizzie will explain the workings of the reserves, and how they are moving forward.

19th November: James Lowen ‘From the Andes to the Atlantic: Gaucho Birding in Argentina’.

James is a highly regarded, award winning travel writer, with a bent for nature/wildlife. He has travelled widely and is one of our favourite presenters.

10th December: Christmas Social




Date                        Venue                                                                                          Leader/Coordinator
Sun 5th Jan         Bird Count                                                                               Lin Pateman

Sun 26th Jan      Holkham                                                                                  Martin Spriggs

Sat 29th Feb        Santon Downham (6.30am and 9am starts)              Sue Gale

Sun 29th Mar     Cancelled

Sat 9th May         Cancelled

Sun 31st May      Cancelled

30th June            Cancelled

Sat 25th July      Cancelled

Sun 30th Aug      Cancelled

Sat 26th Sept       Cancelled

Sat 31st Oct          Titchwell                                                                                  Alan Hughes

Sun 29th Nov       Cancelled

Sat 12th Dec       Sparham Pools                                                                        Ray Gribble

Please note: All our indoor meetings are currently being conducted via Zoom and start at 7.30 pm.

NB. If you intend to join a field trip please ensure that the coordinator has your contact details in case there is a change to the arrangements for any reason.

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