Our Programme for 2019

WVBS Programmes for 2019


Thursday 17 January British Isles – A Birders Paradise by Jason Moss

Jason joined local company Oriole Birding in January 2018 as a staff leader, after a decade of working with sea & migrant birds at places like Blakeney Point, Farne Islands, Fair Isle & Skomer Island. Living in these remote stunning hubs of bird migration has meant that Jason has been fortunate to witness many stunning days of migrant arrivals and falls, whilst also finding numerous British rarities and scarcities including Britain’s second Magnolia Warbler.

Thursday 21 February Holme Sweet Holme by Gary Hibberd

Gary has been Warden at Holme Dunes since March 1989 and is still passionately committed to its wildlife, still driven to record and protect the many species which live here and enhance habitat for them. Gary will tell us some of the history of Holme, a reserve that we all know and love to visit.

Thursday 21 March Project Godwit by Hannah Ward

Project Godwit is a 5 yr project run by RSPB/Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust to increase population of breeding Black Tailed Godwits in the U.K. Red listed & with a small population of approx 60 breeding pairs, it’s aim is to maintain grassland habitat at Nene & Ouse Washes & help prevent flooding and nest destruction & hopefully increase our population.

Thursday 18 April. AGM
Followed by there’s a Tapir at the door …….. Green Birding Adventures by Gary Prescott

Gary Prescott, The Biking Birder talking about Green Birding, the growing way in which birders are being more environmentally friendly when birding.

Gary will also be reminiscing about his Biking Birder adventures from his three years on the road, when he cycled round the UK visiting every RSPB & Wildlife & Wetland Trust Nature Reserves – twice.

In 2018 Gary spent six months in Peru cycling from the Peruvian Pacific coast to Machu Picchu, and across the Andes, before heading down the famous Manu Road to the Madre de Dios river, then kayaking and rainforest trekking to Puerto Maldrado and Tambopata National Park.

In Peru Gary managed to see over 800 different species of birds, whilst raising money for the RSPB, the W & WT, Asthma UK, and a Peruvian charity for a group of indigenous rainforest children at Chaskwasi-Manu.

Thursday 16 May Berney Marshes by Mark Smart RSPB

In October 2018, Mark Smart, senior site manager at RSPB Berney Marshes & Breydon Water reserve was awarded the National Marsh Award for Wetland Conservation Achievement from the Wildfowl & Wetland Trust. For the last seventeen years Mark has worked to bring together landowners, conservationists and scientists to turn the site into one of the most important lowland wet grasslands in Europe.

The Environment Agency has funded a £2.1 million scheme to introduce fresh water (not Saline), of which there is very little, to the marshes creating exciting new wetland wildlife habitats.

Thursday 20 June Dragonflies and other Wildlife of Norfolk by Dr Pam Taylor

Welcome back to British Dragonfly Society President Dr Pam Taylor, who will be returning to speak to us after eight & a half years. The British Dragonfly Society began in 1983 with a group of like-minded enthusiasts, and has now grown to be the largest dragonfly society in the world. Pam’s talk will be followed up by a field trip to Upton Fen on Sat 6 July, led by Pam.

Thursday 18 July Our Place by Mark Cocker – plus Fish & Chip supper

We are delighted to welcome back Mark Cocker who will be asking “Can we save Britain’s Wildlife before it’s too late?”

Author and Naturalist Mark lives and works in Claxton, Norfolk, with his wife and has two daughters. Mark writes extensively for the Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Times, The Independent and BBC Wildlife.

Preceding Marks talk, the Fish and Chip van will be visiting our HQ for us to enjoy a pre-ordered fish and chips before settling down to enjoy Mark’s presentation. Friends and family are invited to join us tonight.

Thursday 8 August Members Evening

Our usual get together at HQ with food and photo contributions from members. A chance to relax and chat. This evening has been brought forward a week to avoid a clash with Bird Fair 2019.

Thursday 19 September ‘Oz’ by Allan Hale

WVBS wit and raconteur Allan Hale needs no introduction as he takes us on another of his bird filled journeys. This time to Australia

Thursday 17 October Norfolk Bat Project by Stuart Newson BTO

The Norfolk Bat Survey was launched by BTO in April 2013 to improve our understanding of bats & support their conservation. Since that time the project has analysed 1.9 million Bat recordings from across the county, including 11 bat species in the Norwich area alone.

Thursday 21 November BTO Garden Bird & Wildlife Surveys by David White BTO

David White  is part the BTO Garden Birdwatch team and has responsibility for running Garden Birdwatch, a citizen science project, where volunteers record birds and other taxa using their gardens on a weekly year round basis. Valuable information is collated to answer questions about how, why, and when birds use gardens, and the resources they contain.

Thursday 12 December Christmas Social

Our annual Christmas social is being held at The Ringland Swan and will feature a Christmas Meal, table and audio quizzes. Details are shown in Forthcoming Events.


Date                                         Place                                                                                                          Co-ordinator

Sun 30th Dec                       Sparham Pools                                                                                        Alwyn Jackson

Sun 6th Jan                         Bird Count                                                                                                Lin Pateman

Sun 24th Feb                       Lynford / Cockley Cley                                                                          Ray Gribble

Sat 23rd March                   Burgh Castle Area                                                                                   Sue Gale

Sat 13th Apr                         Woodcock Walk, Sculthorpe Moor, HOT                                          Mary Walker

Sun 28th Apr                       Cantley Factory                                                                                       Mary Walker

Sat 11th May                       Dawn Chorus – Pensthorpe                                                                  Glen Collier / Lucy Topsom

Sat 22nd June                      Holme next the Sea /Dersingham Bog                                            Alan Hughes

Sat 6th July                          Dragonflies – Upton Fen                                                                       Pam Taylor /Mary Walker

Sat 24th Aug                        Frampton Marsh                                                                                    Alan Hughes

Sun 29th Sept                      Breydon Water / Yarmouth                                                                 Ray Gribble

Sat 26th Oct                         North Norfolk                                                                                         Martin Spriggs

Sun 24th Nov                       Stubbs Mill for Raptors / Cranes                                                       David Gibbons

End Dec                                 ½ day in Valley                                                                                      Alwyn Jackson


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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