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  April and May  June 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.

16th July: 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.

13th August: Summer Social.
More details to follow

17th September: Dr Simon Gillings (BTO) – Nocturnal Migration
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 2020/2021
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: Marek Borkowski – A POLE POSITION in Nature Protection. N.E. Poland
Marek and his family are lifelong birders and conservationists living at Biebrza Marsh in N.E. Poland. Marek brought the first Konik horses to the UK (Redgrave & Lopham Fen) 25 years ago and now their descendants are present on most marsh reserves such as RSPB Minsmere. As well as his protection efforts, Marek is an amazing photographer and also offers Bird & Animal tours in Poland. Eastern Poland offers arguably the best birding area in Europe with 5 rare species of Owls and 10 European species of Woodpecker.

10th December: Christmas Social

More details to follow.



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       Minsmere                                                                                Ray Gribble

Sun 30th Aug      Kelling / Salthouse                                                              Phil Borley

Sat 26th Sept       Herringfleet and surrounds                                             Sue Gale

Sat 31st Oct          Titchwell                                                                                  Alan Hughes

Sun 29th Nov     Welney and surrounds                                                        David Gibbons

Sat 12th Dec       Sparham Pools                                                                        Ray Gribble

Possible additional short trips:-
Haveringland Hall
Sculthorpe Moor




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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