Indoor meetings are held at the Anglian Water Fishing Lodge, Pitsford Reservoir, Holcot at 19:30. Details of the site can be found here:
Wedneday 3rd February The annual club Photographic Competition as hosted by member Jeff Blincow This will be an online Zoom meeting, starting at 7.30pm.
An opportunity to appreciate the images of birds and all aspects of wildlife and habitat as provided by members.
Wednesday 3rd March Club Annual General Meeting prior to a PowerPoint presentation via Zoom depicting the Birds and Wildlife of Cambodia by Neil McMahon. Neil and Eleanor visited this country early in 2019 and Neil then spent six weeks there in the early part of 2020 just prior to the first Covid Lockdown.
Wednesday 7th April An illustrated presentation again via Zoom of the Birds of South Africa by club chairman Bob Gill. With a couple of trips under his belt to this fabulous part of Africa, Bob seeks to inspire us with the birdlife of the Cape and beyond.
Wednesday 5th May James Lowen, an award-winning author provides a presentation via Zoom '52 Shades of Green:- Britain's best wildlife watching week-ends'.
Wednesday 2nd June An illustrated update by Becky Ingham via Zoom on the Hookpod initiative, a project supported by the club to reduce the sea-bird bycatch associated with trawler fishing.
Wednesday 7th July Outdoor meeting at Kelmarsh Hall beginning at 7pm prompt. A short walk alongside the lake and part of the grounds. Kelmarsh Hall is situated off the A508 between Northampton and Market Harborough in the centre of the village off the central crossroads. Please drive through the main entrance, down the drive way and park in the signed Overflow Car Park where you will be met by a committee memeber. We hope to make a circular walk of the grounds and gardens and north side of the main lake - fingers crossed for a nice, pleasant evening and some wildlife! Toilet facilities are planned to be available at the hall.
Wednesday 4th August We plan to have a BBQ at The Fishing Lodge, Pitsford Reservoir so this will be an outdoor event but making use of the sheltered area outside the lodge, particularly if the weather is inclement! Attendance at 7pm prompt please with a view to food being served up from 7.15pm onwards. In addition to cooked meat, bread etc we plan for vegetarian options plus salad, snacks, fruit and a variety of food. Soft drinks and fruit juices will be available but please bring your own alcohol and chauffeur! Attendees who may wish to combine this with a wildlife wander around the Holcot Bay and nearby are quite welcome! Toilet facilities will be available at the Fishing Lodge.
Wednesday 1st September Members evening - two presentations by club members Bob Bullock and Dave Jackson via Zoom. Sadly we are not in a position to yet return to our meeting room so yet again we rely on member Jeff Blincow to co-ordinate our meeting and presentations by Zoom. Bob will be presenting on the highlights of a Carribean Cruise and Dave will provide some devlish entertainment with a pictorial quiz!
Wednesday 6th October Mark Avery returns to hopefully present in person on aspects of Wild Justice and local birding.
Wednesday 3rd November An illustrated presentation entitled 'Return of the White-tailed Eagle' by Dr Tim Mackrill on the exciting White-tailed Eagle re-introduction programme.
Wednesday 1st December The Wildlife of India by club member John Showers.
In 2018 Sarah and John spent a couple of weeks in India. The first few days were spent visiting the sites of the Golden Triangle: Delhi, Jaipur and Agra, although there was wildlife to be seen even in these densely populated areas. They then visited the Chambal River Conservation Area before a few days spent at each of Bandhavgarh and Satpura National Parks/Tiger reserves. The talk will concentrate on the wildlife but some amazing cultural sites will be glimpsed in the passing.
An email with the link to the meeting will be sent to all members prior to the commencement of the meetings. If you wish to join these meeting and are not yet a member please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not be put off by concerns of the technical implications - once you have received an invite link on your device, click on the link and you will enter the meeting. If your device has a camera (most laptops do for instance) you can decide whether you wish to be visual to other attendees. The host will manage the process and will control opportunities for you to speak or text questions.
A full programme of presentations will hopefully resume in 2022 subject to government Covid guidance, ideally with meetings at our venue at Pitsford. Up until then it is planned to conduct presentations by members using Zoom.