Don’t forget, tickets for the winter social at the Huntsman Skittle Alley in Brockenhurst on Friday 27 January 2017 will be on sale at the next indoor meeting on 14 December 2016. The speaker at the December meeting will be Richard Coomber who is an excellent and amusing speaker as well as a stalwart of the local group and he will be bringing a bit of warmth to a winter evening with his “Wildlife Wanderings in the Neoptropics”.
If you want tickets for the social, but are unable to attend the December meeting, please reserve yours through the Contact Us form.
If you are planning to go on the RSPB New Forest Local Group field trip to the London Wetlands Centre on Saturday, 3 December 2016, please let Chris Manning know by using this EMAIL LINK. Although he may be unable to go himself, he is trying to co-ordinate transport so please let him know if you need a lift, would like a lift if one is available or can offer a lift to others from your immediate area. If there is insufficient response we will cancel this as a group activity, although of course you are still welcome to make your own way there. Members will be informed whether the trip is still on by email closer to the date of the activity.
Don’t forget you can contribute towards RSPB’s fund-raising by saving used postage stamps – with Christmas cards about to fall through you letter boxes, there are likely to be lots of stamps you can save. Bring them along to a monthly Indoor Meeting and give them to David or Tony, hand them to a Field Trip leader or leave them at Lyndhurst Community Centre in an envelope marked RSPB New Forest Local Group. RSPB can raise money on any used stamps, not just the commemorative or foreign varieties.
The proposal to restore wetland by reinstating meanders in Latchmore Brook has been refused by the New Forest NPA.
The report of the field trip to Titchfield Haven on Sunday 6 November is now available HERE.
Our next speaker on 9 November 2016 is Peter Allen, a member of the British Dragonfly Society with a wide interest in wildlife including birds, mammals and insects. He will be talking about Regua, a reserve in the Brazilian Atlantic rainforest where work is being undertaking to extend the rainforest, which is now only 7% of its former size. Visit the Regua website to learn more about their work in advance of the talk. The meeting is at the usual venue of Lyndhurst Community Centre, doors open at 7.00 pm with the meeting starting at 7.30 pm. Entry is £2.00 for local group members, £3.50 for others.
Tickets for the winter social on Friday 27 January 2017 will be on sale at the meeting priced £12.00, so bring some cash, or your cheque book! Friends and family are welcome to join us at the social evening, which is at the Huntsman in Brockenhurst.
Our next field trip is a visit to Titchfield Haven on Sunday, 6 November 2016. This will be largely hide-based bird-watching around the reserve, with a short period scanning the sea. Park along the sea-wall by the reserve or in the car park behind the Hillhead Sailing Club. Meet outside the visitor centre at 10.00 am. There is an entrance fee for the reserve of £4 or £3.75 for seniors. Recent sightings have included bearded tit, marsh harrier, water rail (can be very tame here) and golden plover. Our visit is only scheduled for the morning, up to 1.00 pm, but the reserve is open to 4.00 pm so you are welcome to stay on longer – there is a cafe there for light lunches.
As we are visiting at a weekend, when it may be busy, we may break in small groups so we don’t swamp the hides.