Programme 2016-17

12 October 2016
The State of the Nation’s Birds
Keith Betton

Keith is the County Bird \Recorder for Hampshire

9 November 2016
Regua, the Brazilian Atlantic Rainforest Reserve
Peter Allen

Peter is a member of the British Dragonfly Society and his interests include birds, insects and mammals

14 December 2016
Wildlife Wanderings in the Neotropics
Richard Coomber

Richard, as well as being a member of the RSPB New Forest Local Group, is a principal tour leader with Ornitholidays and has travelled extensively throughout the seven continents

11 January 2017
New Zealand
Andrew Cleave

Andrew is a tour leader, author and academic and formerly ran an Environmental Studies Centre.  He was awarded a MBE for services to Environmental Sciences.

8 February 2017
From Avocets to Firecrests
Graham Giddens

Graham in a freelance ornithologist, photographer and artist and well known locally for running adult bird-watching courses through Brockenhurst College

8 March 2017
The Wild Garden
In Praise of Plants
David Boag

David’s talk is in two parts.  He is a full-time author and wildlife photographer. Lectures about 80 times a year throughout the country and has spoken at both RSPB and BTO annual conference.  A regular cruise ship speaker.

12 April 2017
Americas National Parks & Backyard Birding Stateside
David Kjaer

David returns for a second year.  He has been photographing wildlife for approx 35 years and turned professional 16 years ago following a 30 year career as a Police Officer in the Wiltshire Constabulary. His work has been published in numerous books, calendars, cards, newspapers and magazines around the world. Website

10 May 2017
AGM and Members’ Evening

After the formal business of the AGM, a chance for Local Group members to share their images and experience of the past year.

14 June 2017
Wildlife in Common
Pete Durnell, Sites Manager with Hampshire County Council and responsible for, amongst other sites, Sturt Pond.

13 September 2017
Wildlife of Finland
Gordon Small, wildlife photographer and member of the Local Group

Please note that our annual programme runs from October to September