Puffins face extinction

An additional four UK species have been added to the IUCN Red List of species in danger of global extinction.  These are Puffin, Turtle dove, Slavonian grebe and Pochard.  This doubles the number of UK species on the “critically endangered” list, which already included Balearic shearwater, Aquatic warbler, Long-tailed duck and Velvet scoter.  UK species added to the “near threatened” list include: Oystercatcher, Lapwing, Curlew sandpiper and Bar-tailed godwit, where they join ten other species: Razorbill, Meadow pipit, Sooty shearwater, Red knot, Black-tailed godwit, Red kite, Curlew, Common eider, Dartford warbler and Redwing.

We see a number of these species on our field trips in the local area.  Hence, we should reflect both on how privileged we are to be able to see these birds and on how important it is to preserve local habitats so as to sustain the remaining populations.

Read more from the BBC and RSPB.

Errors in walks programme

The blue printed version of the RSPB New Forest Local Group programme and the PDF that was available for download contained some errors as a draft version and not the final version of the programme was issued in error.  The version available under the “Walks” menu was the correct version.  Please change the walks on Wednesday 13 January and Wednesday 11 May to the following Thursdays 14 January and 12 May respectively – these were changed to avoid have walks and talks on the same day.  The Hook and Warsash walk is on 4 September 2016 NOT 7 September.

Please download RSPB Programme 2015-2016 revised or pick up a new printed programme and the next indoor meeting at Lyndhurst.

Poole Harbour Bird Boats

The RSPB is running its popular birding boat trips around Poole Harbour again this winter and we have provisionally booked 15 places for RSPB New Forest Local Group members on the trip on Saturday, 13 February 2016.

“These cruises showcase the harbour, its islands and the wildlife that lives there. It is a unique opportunity to see one of the best winter bird spectacles in the UK and gain exclusive access to the famous Brownsea Island. On the trips, we take in some of the quieter corners of the harbour hopefully getting us close to the wildlife that spends the winter here. The harbour boasts the largest flock of avocet and spoonbill in the UK, large numbers of birds of prey including marsh and hen harrier, peregrine falcon and merlin as well as most of the UK’s diver and grebe species.

The cruises are run in partnership with the National Trust and Dorset Wildlife Trust and all bookings should be made via the National Trust. 


Sunday 29th November – 10am – 12.30pm
Sunday 10th January – 10.30am – 1pm
Saturday 13th February – 10.30am – 1pm

Price: Adults £15, Under 17s – £7.50″

Please reserve your place on the trip at the next indoor meeting on 14 October – payment would be appreciated as we need to pay in advance to confirm the places.  If oversubscribed, we should have time to book additional places, but they can sell out quickly.  If you would like to go on a trip, but are not free on 13 February, you can book through the National Trust at either the telephone number or email address below:

Telephone: 01202 707744
E-mail: brownseaisland@nationaltrust.org.uk.


Now available

“Bird Walks around the New Forest”

Cover - walks book

A new full colour 64-page booklet is now available describing 14 walks in and around the New Forest with information on birds that can be found throughout the year.  The booklet has been compiled by members of the New Forest Local Group and is available at a reduced price of £4.00 at Indoor Meetings and Field Trips.  Follow the Walks and Talks links in the menu bar for dates and locations.

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