Indoor Meetings Programme


Until such time as it is possible to meet indoors, meetings and illustrated talks will be by Zoom.  Instructions for joining a Zoom meeting by desktop, laptop or mobile phone will be sent by email in advance of the Zoom talks. For further information, please email
Zoom talks are currently held at 7.30pm on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.


18 May, Zoom talk at 7.30pm by Chris Collins -Unknown Antarctica: The Birds of the Ross Sea and New Zealand Sub-Antarctic Islands

Chris has been a member of SDBWS for many years. He is a freelance ornithologist and has worked on a wide range of bird and wildlife related projects around the world. He leads bird and wildlife tours to diverse destinations such as the Russian Far East, Antarctica, South America and the Pacific Ocean and has recently taken over ownership of the wildlife tour company, Limosa Holidays. During his travels he has seen over 5,500 bird species, including almost 90% of the world’s seabirds during many pelagic trips. In addition to leading tours, he regularly gives lectures to groups in the UK and overseas.
Chris has made multiple trips to the New Zealand Sub-Antarctic Islands and in this talk will show us the amazing diversity of wildlife of this region including penguins, albatrosses and endemic land birds. In 2017, he travelled with Heritage Expeditions to the Ross Sea (Antarctica south of Australia and New Zealand) and this lecture also describes the wildlife of this extremely remote region.


15 June, Zoom talk at 7.30pm by Mary Braddock – Hungary: A Jewel of Europe

Mary has been a long-standing member of the North West Surrey RSPB Group, for whom she organised publicity and fund-raising and became the leader together with husband Dave. In 2012, they were awarded the RSPB President’s Award for services to volunteering for the RSPB. As well as these activities, Mary has travelled widely photographing birds and wildlife.
This presentation covers the many species inhabiting the Tisza River flood plain in Hungary, the Great Hungarian Plain and the Hortobagy National Park including Bustards, Egrets, Waders, Woodpeckers, song birds and birds of prey.


20 July, Zoom talk at 7.30pm by David Darrell-Lambert – Streaky and Proud: Larks, Pipits and Wagtails

David Darrell-Lambert is a professional ornithologist, photographer, and author. He was chair of the Ornithological Section of the London Natural History Society for ten years and his photographs have been widely published, including his own book entitled Birdwatching London. He also runs an ornithological consultancy called Bird Brain UK and his media work has included news programmes and documentaries for BBC and ITV.
In this talk, David will be showing us how to identify Larks, Pipits and Wagtails.


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