If you are intending to come on this walk, please keep an eye on the weather forecast as currently the Met Office is forecasting 26 mph winds gusting to 48 mph. I’ll be there , but be safe.
The RSPB New Forest Local Group now has 25 places booked on the bird boat on Saturday, 13 February 2015. I have 23 people listed as wanting a place, so there are a couple more places available on a first come first served basis. The boat leaves 10.30am so please be at Poole Quay (by the Baden Powell statue) half an hour before to sort out tickets and boarding.
An illustrated talk with TV presenter Chris Packham and wildlife film-maker Manuel Hinge entitled “Wild in the Forest” will be held at 7.30pm on Friday, 11 December 2015 (doors open 7.00pm) at Lyndhurst Community Centre.
Tickets £10 from New Forest Centre or Lyndhurst Community Centre (both in Lyndhurst Car Park).
The annual report, the “State of UK’s Birds 2015”, was published yesterday. It is produced by the RSPB, BTO & WWT together with statutory conservation bodies and does what it says on the tin, reports on the trends of increase or decline in our bird population. Its not all gloom and doom, there is good news there as well! You can download the report HERE.
To keep up to date with the key issues that are being tackled by the RSPB, a good place to start is Martin Harper’s Blog. To help you find this quickly, I’ve added a link to Martin’s blog in the right-hand side-bar to this page.
The speaker at our next indoor meeting on Wednesday 11 November will be Andy Page, Head Keeper with the Forestry Commission in the New Forest with a talk entitle “New Forest Birds of Prey”. It is Andy that seeks out the Goshawk and Hobby nests that feature on RSPB’s “Date with Nature” nest-cam. You will also be able to book a place on the 13 February 2016 RSPB/National Trust Bird Boat around Poole Harbour.
Also, an opportunity to purchase a copy of “Bird Walks in the New Forest” as a Christmas present for your friends and relations – great stocking-filler!