The indoor programme runs from October 2022 to April 2023 and is normally held on the last Tuesday of each month. Meetings start at 19:30 and are held in the Post Office Sports and Social Club on Bourges Boulevard Peterborough PE1 2AU.
Meetings are open to all, Bird Club members and occasional visitors. All we ask of visitors is to make a small donation to help with the running of these events and if you enjoy it, you could join for only £15 for the household. A warm welcome awaits with a professional bar serving the usual alcoholic drinks as well as teas and coffee.
Why not join us for our next season of exciting and informative indoor meetings.
Upcoming Indoor Events
All meetings are held at the Post Office Club, Bourges Boulevard. Peterborough PE1 2AU. Doors open from 7.05pm with meetings getting underway at 7.30pm. As a courtesy to fellow members, please wear masks when entering the venue and until seated. Non-members are welcome, so encourage your friends to pay us a visit.
Tuesday, October 25
Florida The Sunshine State by Matthew Capper
Matthew will take us on a tour of Florida, one of the best known and most accessible States for birding in the US. Starting in Orlando we will criss-cross the State, taking in some of the varied habitats and best birding locations such as Merritt Island and the internationally famous Everglades. Matthew has been visiting Florida for many years and in recent times has led an annual tour to the area for wildlife tour company Naturetrek.
Matthew is Head of Public Engagement for the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust and a tour guide for Naturetrek. He previously worked for the RSPB in a number of roles including Conservation Manager for Yorks and Humber and Site Manager at RSPB old Moor in the Dearne Valley. He was born and raised just outside of Stamford, moved to Sheffield to do his degree and has been involved in the local birding scene in Sheffield and Derbyshire ever since.
Tuesday, November 22 (Note this is not the last Tuesday in the month)
Farming and Wildlife presented by local farmer Nicholas Watts
Nicholas has farmed at Vine Farm, Deeping St. Nicholas, since 1966.With an enthusiasm for both farming and wildlife he researches and trials conservation ideas on his farm and shares the results with other farmers and conservation bodies. His joint enthusiasm also led to the establishment of a thriving bird foods business and he is the largest producer of sunflowers in Britain. He will explain how he has implemented his ideas.
Farmer and conservationist, Nicholas was awarded an MBE in 2006 for services to farming and conservation in Lincolnshire. He is also Chair of the Lincs Wildlife Trust and has supported the Wildlife Trust movement. He is an Honorary Member of PBC.
Tuesday, December 20 (Note this is not the last Tuesday in the month)
An Overview of the BTO-led surveys in Cambridgeshire and the Fens by David White
David will provide an overview of the regular surveys that take place across Cambridgeshire and the Peterborough area. This will include some results from the surveys and an explanation of how more people can get involved.
David is the Engagement and Surveys Officer for the BTO. He spends 40% of his time supporting the BBS National Organiser with the organisation and running of the survey and 60% supporting the Regional network of volunteers across England in order to increase survey participation. He previously worked in the BTO Garden Birdwatch team and earlier in his career he also worked for the RSPB and the WWT.
Tuesday, January 31
The Nene Washes and Current Developments told by Charlie Kitchin
This should provide some insight into one of our local birding sites.
Charlie is the Senior Site Manager at RSPB
Nene Washes and an Honorary Member of PBC.
Tuesday, February 28
NW Norfolk Reserves and Nightjar Monitoring at Dersingham given by Tom Bolderdtone
Tom will give an introduction to Natural England’s National Nature Reserves in NW Norfolk with key species highlights and historical information followed by a discussion on the in-depth Nightjar monitoring NE has been undertaking at Dersingham Bog NNR.
Tom works for Natural England.
Tuesday, March 28
Operation Turtle Dove bought to life by Bethany Kiamil of the RSPB
The 2021 National Turtle Dove census revealed the UK Turtle Dove population to be at an all-time low of 2100 pairs. Evidence suggests that this historic decline is mostly a result of fewer breeding attempts which have been linked to reduced food availability and unsustainable hunting on their migration. East Anglia is still a stronghold for this once widespread species. In Cambs (and a little into Beds), the Operation Turtle Dove team are currently working with 27 fantastic landowners – ranging from private gardens to large farms to RSPB reserves – to provide the right habitats for this species to thrive. Patient work with hunters along the western flyway (of which the UK po. Is part0 have resulted in real progress towards ending unsustainable hunting of this species. Come and hear how you can help conserve the Turtle Dove to enable future generations to enjoy their purring, an iconic sound of summer.
Bethany is the RSPB’s Conservation Officer for Cambs, Beds and Herts. The team is based in Cambs. And concentrates its conservation work outside the RSPB’s reserves, working to progress the aims of the Fens Priority Landscape Plan. After starting with the RSPB in 2020 Bethany now leads on farmland advice, such as supporting the Ely Nature Friendly Farming Zone, engaging with Operation Turtle Dove stakeholders and managing the Volunteer Monitoring of the Farming Wildlife pilot project.
Tuesday, April 25