Grouse shooting debate

Earlier this year a petition calling for a ban on grouse shooting by environmental campaigner Mark Avery received over 100,000 signatures triggering a debate in parliament. The debate will take place on 31 October 2016 and it is important that MPs attend to discuss the future of grouse moors and the importance of our iconic birds of prey including the hen harrier.

RSPB is asking us to help by contacting our MPs and asking them to attend the debate.

Further details – click HERE – and for groups on Facebook click HERE

An update will be in Martin Harper’s (RSPB Conservation Director) blog on
1 November 2016 – click HERE.


Winter Social

The Skittle Alley at the Huntsman public house (Lyndhurst Road, Brockenhurst SO42 7RH) has been booked for Friday 27 January 2017 for our winter social.  Apart from a chance to chat and get to know each other better, there will be skittles, a table quiz and a basket meal (you will have a chance to select your choice of meal in advance).  The event will start at 7.00 pm with food served at 7.30 pm.  Entry will be by ticket, available priced £12.00 at indoor meetings from November onward.  Family and friends are very welcome to attend.

If you are unable to attend one of the indoor meetings but would like to attend the social, please use the Contact Us form to order tickets.

Stanpit Marsh 19 October 2016

The field trip report to Stanpit Marsh on Wednesday 19 October 2016 is now available HERE. I added the wrong date, but that should be corrected shortly.

Our next field trip is to Titchfield Haven on Sunday 6 November 2016.  Park either along the sea wall or in the car park behind the sailing club.  Meet outside the Visitor Centre. Please note that there is an entrance fee.

Solent Bird Studies

While it is possible that you have already got started on this project, the following information is usually sent to volunteers about the project and you may find this useful: ; Coastal Network study methodology,  Instructions for app and Instructions for website. Click HERE to access Solent Bird Studies’ website.

The project is still on-going this winter so the following provides a bit more information bout how you can continue to support the project. Ideally, they are looking for volunteers to cover a set ‘patch’ in an area that they visit regularly and submit records on a weekly or fortnightly basis. However, any ad-hoc records of roosting or inland feedings waders and wildfowl are also greatly appreciated. It is also of equal importance that the absence of birds is recorded – so if you don’t see anything that is just as useful!

In addition to the above, the project is looking for some more experienced observers to take part in some bi-monthly coordinated vantage point counts (dates TBC).     If you are interested and would like more information please email either Jenny Watts or Ed Rowsell.

If you are already participating in the Solent Birds Study, it would be good if you could give the RSPB New Forest Local Group an update at our monthly indoor meeting at Lyndhurst.