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There are several upcoming trips and excursions which require early booking so that arrangements (coaches, accommodation etc) can be finalised.
Don't miss out - if you are interested in any of the trips please contact the organiser as soon as possible.
1. Coach Trip to Slimbridge, Saturday 24th January
You are invited to join us for a trip to this iconic WWT reserve which will be at the height of its winter season, with many wild Bewick’s Swans, White-fronted Geese and other wildfowl and waders out on the marshes and fields, including reintroduced wild Common Cranes. There is an extensive wildfowl collection and a very good restaurant. We will stay for the spectacular floodlit feed on Rushy Pool and the Starling roost at dusk. Pick up at the University, Whiteknights Park main entrance (RG6 6UR), Shinfield Road. (Parking is available on Elmhurst Rd. at the side of the park. Cost of coach £21 (payable in advance to Berkshire Ornithological Club. N.B. Entrance to reserve is free to WWT members, but will be extra for non-members (£10.80 adult, £8.25 concession, payable to organiser on coach) Please book as soon as possible: contact Ray Reedman, tel: 0118 9864338
2. Weekend Trip to Norfolk – 12th to 15th February
Long weekend by car visiting the best birding sites in East Anglia. One night in Great Yarmouth and two in Hunstanton. Great winter birding with an excellent list is guaranteed and rarities are regular. Please contact Bill Nicoll (01344 455403 or treasurer berksoc.org.uk) for further details and to book your place. Early booking is needed to ensure that accommodation can be arranged.
3. Weekend Trip to North Wales – 11th to 14th June
Long weekend by car to North Wales to see birds we don’t see in the south, including Chough, Puffin and Black Guillemot. The journeys will be broken to search for delights like Dippers and Pied Flycatchers. Please contact Carole White (01344 452058) urgently as we are visiting at a busy time and accommodation needs to be booked soon.
Please note the following change to the Club's programme :-
Indoor Meeting featuring a talk by Graham Whitehead "The Birds of Kuwait"
This meeting will take place on Wednesday 21st January (not the 14th as advertised in the published programme).
The subject sounds just the thing to warm us up on a chilly January evening!
Last week a lovely exhibition opened at Reading Museum: A W Seaby was a pioneering artist and printmaker, like his gransdon, Robert Gillmor. This is the first time that such a comprehensive collection of his work has been put on show. Many people will be familiar with his wonderfully coloured prints, perhaps without knowing his name. The exhibition runs to March next year. To go with it,Two Rivers Press have published a slim volume by Martin Andrews and Robert Gillmor, which has good colour reproductions. More...
As you probably know, Tree Sparrows have been lost to us as breeding birds in Berkshire, though there have been a few winter records over the last four years. This Autumn the BOC will be trialling a Tree Sparrow recovery project, drawing on the success of projects in Oxfordshire and Wiltshire. The project involves feeding grain (millet is preferred) from October to April. Feeding stations will be set up at a number of locations where Tree Sparrows have most recently been seen and if they are found, nest-boxes will be provided nearby.
Can you help by donating spare general grain feeders or nyger feeders? We need medium/large capacity, robust feeders and sealable, weatherproof and rodent-roof containers, capable of holding 25kg bags, as grain stores. If you can help, please contact Renton Righelato (renton.righelato berksoc.org.uk; telephone 0787 981 2564).
The Committee has put together another great programme of events for the new season, both indoor meetings and field trips. The indoor meetings will feature some top speakers on a variety of bird topics – something for everyone - with almost all meetings taking place in our usual venue in the Palmer Building at Reading University. Outdoor excursions will take us to many fine birdwatching sites, both near to home and further afield – some by car and others using a shared coach. Most outings are day or half day outings, but there are a few weekend options as well. All trips have named contacts so please talk to them to find out more and check that the trip is taking place as advertised. For weekend and longer trips please contact the leader well in advance to allow all the arrangements to be made. The programme card contains information about both indoor meetings and outdoor trips, so keep it handy as a reminder. Printed copies of the Membership/Programme Card will be available at indoor meetings.
The 2009 and 2010 Birds of Berkshire Annual Reports are now available from the Secretary for £7.50 each plus P&P (£1.50 per report + £1 per additional report) (Cheques payable to Berkshire Ornithological Club). Free to BOC Members.
(Sponsored by London Camera Exchange) Judges David Cottridge and Dickie Duckett commented on the general excellence of the entries in this year’s competition, making for some tough decisions on winners and runners-up in the three categories - which can be seen here. The audience of Club Members then voted for the overall winner and recipient of the Gordon Langsbury Trophy, which was Brian Winter for his delightful portrait of a Little Owl.
The dreadful weather of the first weeks of the year, which had already wiped out two events, left many of us with low expectations of this year’s trip to Suffolk and Norfolk: in the event we got away remarkably lightly and were able to complete most of the outlined programme. Read more...
The Fobney Island Monitoring Report 2013 has been published and can be viewed here.
We still have no-one to look after publicity for the Club. The job of publicity officer is fairly large, so we are looking for people to take responsibility for different aspects. If you are interested in helping with any of the following, please contact Mike Turton at mike.turton berksoc.org.uk:
If you would like to offer to help with any other areas of publicity not included in the above list, please let Mike know.
Ray Reedman would also like some more people to help with organising and running the outdoor excursions for the Club. If you would like to help, please contact Ray on ray.reedman berksoc.org.uk.
Please help the club by using the services of our Supporters.
All Berkshire sightings are welcome. Options to submit them are found here.
New report JUST PUBLISHED - April 2014!
The 2009 and 2010 Reports are now available from the Secretary for £7.50 each plus P&P (£1.50 per report + £1 per additional report) (Cheques payable to Berkshire Ornithological Club). Free to BOC Members.
Previous Reports STILL AVAILABLE
Previous reports (2004 onwards) are still available for £6 plus £1.50 P&P. Any two reports purchased (excluding 2009 and 2010) will qualify for a £2 discount from the total price. Please add P&P of £1.50 for a single report + £1 for each additional report. There is also a limited stock of reports prior to 2004 available for the cost of P&P only - please contact the Secretary for availability