Our Programme for 2018

WVBS Programmes for 2018


18th January.  Speaker: Greg Conway, BTO – Nightjar (and other woodland species) work in Thetford Forest
15th February. Speaker: Mark Avery – Why should East Anglian Birders care about what happens on Grouse Moors?
15th March. Speaker: James Pearce-Higgins, BTO – Birds and Climate Change
19th April AGM followed by Speakers: Dr Rob Lambert & Lucy McRobert – The Isles of Scilly
17th May. Speaker: Patrick Barkham – Natural History writer for the Guardian – Islander – The eleven small Islands of Britain and their birds
21st June. Speaker: Matt Gooch, SWT Warden – SWT Carlton Marshes
19th July. Summer Social –  Bring a plate of food and quizzes evening at Lenwade VH
16th August. Speaker : Henry Stanier , Wildlife Trust -The Great Fen, a future wetland and more.
20th September, Speaker: Allan Hale – Birding the High Andes of Colombia
18th October. Speakers: Nigel Middleton & Zoe Smith, Hawk & Owl Trust – Update on Sculthorpe Moor (Nigel) & Norwich Peregrines (Zoe)
15th November. Speaker: David Mason – Arizona to Alaska
13th December. Xmas Social – A pub sit down Xmas meal, with crackers etc, & quizzes.


Sunday 7th January : Annual Bird Count in the valley- 8am to 4pm  – followed by tea and cakes at Lenwade Village Hall.         Co-ordinator Lin Pateman

Sunday 28th January Courtyard Farm for finch flocks & Holkham for winter visitors. Co-ordinator TBC

Sunday 4th March : Breydon Water, Burgh Castle, and (if time allows) Haddiscoe Marshes to look for Rough-legged Buzzard and Short-eared Owls. Co-ordinator Sue Gale.

Saturday 24th March : Lackford Lakes & possibly Great Livermere for gulls. Co-ordinator Alan Fordham.

Saturday 7th April : Woodcock Walk at Sculthorpe Moor 7p.m. £8pp includes admission and home-made soup and rolls served in the new hide. Maximum 20-22. Co-ordinator Mary Walker

20th-27th April : Club Trip – Gibraltar. Co-ordinator Keith Walker

Saturday 21st April. : Mannington Hall – A new venue for WVBS to visit in the valley with hopefully some summer visitors. Co-ordinator Martin Spriggs.

Saturday 12th May : Wild about the Wensum – Pensthorpe

Sunday 20th May ; Pensthorpe Nature Park by special arrangement (free admission for our members). Date to be confirmed.  Co-ordinator Ray Gribble

Saturday 2nd June Lakenheath Fen & Weeting Heath – the afternoon at Lakenheath Fen, a pub supper, then a woodland walk at Weeting with Wildlife Trust warden for Stone Curlew, Nightjars & bats (with detectors). Then finish at the centre to empty moth traps and enjoy hot chocolate. Co-ordinator Alan Hughes.

Saturday 30th June : Carlton Marshes – Another exciting new venue (following warden Matt Gooch’s talk on 21st June).    Co-ordinator David Gibbons

Sunday 29th July ; Dragonfly & Butterfly Walk. Venue TBC
Barry Pummel

Saturday 25th August : Potter Heigham Marshes & Hickling Broad. Co-ordinator TBC.

Sunday 30th September : Beans Boats trip to Blakeney Point. Depart Morston Quay 4pm , seal viewing followed by 2 plus hours on the point, looking for migrants. Co-ordinator Mary Walker.

Sunday 28th October : Annual Hoe Bird Walk. Co-ordinator David Knight.

Saturday 24th November : Cley & Surrounding Area. Co-ordinators Glenn Collier & Lucy Topsom


Please note: All our indoor meetings will be held in Great Witchingham (Lenwade) Village Hall 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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