2016-2017 Programme

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

NEW PROGRAMME 2016-2017: INDOOR AND OUTDOOR MEETINGS

2016
Sept 14th    Swifts.      Edward Meyer 
Oct 12th     The Western Isles: birds and wildlife on the Outer Hebrides.       Andrew Lapworth 
Nov  9th     China-Sichuan and N.Yunnan- mostly birds.          Tony Morris 
Dec 14th      Christmas social, raffle and quizzes.
2017
Jan 11th  Adventures in Angola’ – An overland camping journey across Angola seeking out the localised and endemic birds.              Barry Wright 
Feb 8th   A portrait of Nature: lives of birds in 9 Southern counties      Melvin Smith 
March 8th  On the Trail of the Crane – part 2 – A journey into four continents. Ralph & Brenda Todd 
April 12th    AGM & Raffle.  My patch. Jenny Fairhall
Meetings every 2nd Wednesday of the month; all start at 7:30pm. WI Hall, Faversham Rd, Kennington, Ashford

Field meetings 2016 Autumn

Tuesday 13th September  09.30 Oare Marshes    
Thursday 6th October   10.00 Reculver
Tuesday 15th November 10.00 Sheppey
Thursday 15th December   10.00   Dungeness RSPB Reserve

2017 dates will be announced in due course

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

FIELD MEETINGS SPRING 2016

Thursday 7 April    10.00
Rye Harbour. Meet at CP by Martello Tower. Looking for waders, terns and spring migrants. Telescopes useful. Bring packed lunch.

Tuesday 10th May.  10.00
Stodmarsh. Meet Stodmarsh CP.10.00.    Wetland birds in early Spring. Bring packed lunch.

Tuesday 17th May.  19.30
Hamstreet Woods.  Meet Faggs Wood CP (NB evening visit). Spring woodland birds including warblers and possible Nightingales.  Led by Heather.

Tuesday 21st June.   20.30
Kingswood, Challock. Meet CP.  Hoping for Nightjars, possibly Woodcock and other woodland birds.   NB time of late evening visit. Insect repellent, warm clothes and torches useful.


Andrew                                                                                                                

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

HAVE BUS PASS, WILL GO BIRDING!

Our next indoor meeting is at 7.30pm on Wednesday 9 March. 

Hold tight please!

Committee members Jenny Fairhall and Heather Silk will be talking about how they used buses and trains to visit four different birdwatching venues in England in the last few years. This will include the famous Rutland Bird Fair and the gannetry at Bempton Cliffs.

 New members very welcome



Monday, 25 January 2016

NEXT INDOOR MEETING WEDNESDAY 10 FEBRUARY 2016

Our February 10th meeting sees the return to the Club of the popular Kent bird watcher, photographer and bird ringer, John Buckingham.  John's talk is entitled "Birds- their nests, eggs and young" and everyone is bound to learn something new in what will be an enlightening and entertaining talk.

Venue: Kennington WI Hall, Faversham Road, Ashford
Time: 19:30

Entrance fee includes coffee/tea and biscuits.

New members very welcome.

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Our next meeting on Wednesday January 13th : Sri Lanka

Our next meeting will be Gill Hollamby's talk on Sri Lanka:



Sri Lanka, the Serendib Island. An account of a visit through the important nature areas and reserves featuring the special birds and mammals of this lovely island.






Venue: Kennington WI Hall, Faversham Road, Ashford
Time: 19:30

Entrance fee includes coffee/tea and biscuits.

New members very welcome.

Monday, 30 November 2015

WEDNESDAY 9 DECEMBER 7.30PM

Our next meeting is our Christmas evening of quizzes, nibbles, soft drinks and raffles.

We hope you will come along and enjoy your fellow birdwatchers' company, and have a go in one of our light-hearted quizzes (not all on birdy themes).



We will have our usual raffle, so it will be good if you can bring along and donate a prize as well as some cash for your raffle tickets.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Season's greetings
from 
Andrew & All the Committee

Sunday, 1 November 2015

WEDNESDAY 11 NOVEMBER : ON THE TRAIL OF THE CRANE

Our next meeting has Ralph and Brenda Todd talking about Cranes:

On the Trail of the Crane – part 1 - A journey through Europe

"For many years this is a family of birds we have found to be most interesting and enigmatic. That they live in some wonderful areas of the world is an added bonus. Of the 15 species in the world we have seen and photographed 11 but what experiences they have given us. In this first part we take a brief look at the crane family and some of the conservation issues that surround them. For the most part however we shall take an in depth look at the Eurasian (common) Crane which breeds in Northern Scandinavia. We have followed its fortunes on its migration route from Extremadura in Spain, through Northern France into Sweden where they congregate to fulfil their courtship ritual and dances and finally into Finland where its success depends on the vast wilderness areas to be found there.

We shall also touch on the history and future of Cranes in England.

We hope to show that by following the fortunes of just one species we can enjoy a whole range of other wildlife, particularly birds, and some rather pleasant places to stay on route".

Venue: Kennington WI Hall, Faversham Road, Ashford
Time: 19:30

Entrance fee includes coffee/tea and biscuits.

New members very welcome.

Andrew