The next indoor meeting of the RSPB New Forest Local Group on Wednesday, 10 February 2016 will feature an illustrated talk by Dr Andy Barker on the “Butterflies of Hampshire”. Andy is a senior tutor in Ocean Sciences at the National Oceanography Centre at Southampton University. He was born and brought up on a working farm, where a life-long passion for butterflies, moths, and conservation began. Actively involved with Butterfly Conservation at local, regional and national level since 1985. Particular interests include butterfly surveys, monitoring and management of chalk grasslands. He currently Chairs the National Conservation Strategy Committee, and has extensive experience of working with volunteers. The meeting will, as usual, be in the Linden Room at Lyndhurst Community Centre and start at 7.30 pm, doors open from 7.00 pm. Local group members £1.50, others £3.50 entrance.
The illustrated talk on the following meeting on Wednesday, 9 March 2016 will be by Paul Toynton on the “History and Wildlife of Martin Down”. Paul was formerly warden of Martin Down and has extensive experience of the management of chalk grassland for the conservation of wildlife. Please note that this meeting will be in the Pine Room at Lyndhurst Community Centre and start at 7.30 pm, doors open from 7.00 pm. Local group members £1.50, others £3.50 entrance.