A meeting is held in The Main Hall, Surbiton Library, Ewell Road, Surbiton at 8pm on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, except August.
June 19 – Peter Gasson – The Birds of South Africa
Peter works at Kew Gardens. He has been bird watching since 1973. He then took up natural history photography which has taken him to many fascinating places including South Africa and its birds and wildlife, the subject of tonight’s talk.
July 17 – Members’ Evening
The first half of the evening will feature a talk by Alison Fure on The Wildlife of Tolworth Court Farm fields and Moated Manor site which will feature flora, fauna and management and will include its past use as a farm with photos of the original farm and the Hogsmill.
For the second part of the evening, we will be holding a photo competition and an opportunity to share your best birding moments. For the photo competition, there will be three classes of photos:
1. Birds (close-ups of a single bird or group of birds)
2. General wildlife (flowers, mammals, insects etc)
3. Bird Club activities (e.g. from outings, residential weekends, club holidays etc -amusing
photos will be especially welcome!)
Photos submitted must be prints, from 6 x 4 up to A4 in size, and each member is permitted up to three entries (can be all in one category or in different categories). To ensure this is manageable,
entrants will be limited to 20 people. Please contact Alice Laird if you wish to take part or require further information (Tel: 07729 997063; Email: Alice Laird). When submitting, please provide separately, your name and address, and the subject matter of your photos, including the location and if known, the date/year when taken. The closing date for submissions for the competition will be July 3rd. If possible, bring your entries to the June meeting. The photos will be mounted on the club’s display boards, together with details of the subject matter but will not include the name of the person who submitted the photo. We will ask members to vote on the best photo in each category during the interval and the winners announced at the end of the meeting. For the final part of the evening, members will have an opportunity to share their ‘best birding moments.’ We invite members to contribute a short account (3-5 minutes max) of their favourite, or most amusing birding experience. There should be time for several members to take part. To contribute to this please contact Thelma Caine on 01372 468432 or 07527 448308 or email Thelma Caine
August – No Meeting
September 18 – Chris Ward – Our Changing Wildlife
Chris is a very keen photographer and has given us some fascinating and informative talks. This evening he will tell us about ‘Our Changing Wildlife’.
October 16 – AGM followed by Guest speaker Elliot Newton
Elliot is one of the leading lights in local conservation and organises conservation work and quarterly workshops for the Kingston Biodiversity Group. On a range of subjects, Elliot brings a wealth of knowledge, expertise and energy to the borough’s Biodiversity Action Plan. He has been a member of this Society for the past three years and we are delighted that he has offered to talk to us about some of the projects that Kingston Biodiversity Group are involved with.
November 20 – John Buckingham – How Birds Work Part 2
John is a widely published wildlife photographer and a well-known lecturer and freelance tutor in birds and wildlife with the Universities of Sussex and Surrey. He has travelled widely and has led birdwatching holidays throughout the UK and worldwide. He has previously given us a lecture on ‘How Birds Work, Part 1’ and members have been especially enthusiastic about hearing his second lecture on ‘How Birds Work, Part 2’. I am sure we are in for another informative, interesting, educational and entertaining talk.
December 18 – Members’ Slides
Please make an effort to come along to the indoor meetings. They are the best way of keeping in touch.