The next Bird Club meeting is an outdoor meeting at Pitsford Reservoir on Wednesday 6th August 2014 starting at 7pm. This is half-an-hour earlier than normal, taking in to account the available light. The venue is the Fishing Lodge at Pitsford Reservoir where there is sufficient parking, and tea and coffee and biscuits will be available all evening.
The planned events for the evening will be dictated by the weather conditions but following a briefing in the Lodge classroom at 7pm, we hope to take a walk around part of the Holcot Bay in search of birds and general wildlife. At the same time it is planned to run a bird ringing demonstration with mist nets being utilized nearby. If we are fortunate to catch some birds, these will be processed just outside the Fishing Lodge for all to see.
With luck it is hoped that moths and other invertebrates will be available for general viewing and macro-photography, so please bring your camera and appropriate lenses!
At about 9pm, the diurnal wildlife will take a back seat as we think about the creatures of the night! Graham Warnes will be on hand to show us the equipment to track bats, several species which regularly fly at Pitsford. Excursions will be made around the Lodge in an effort to track down Pipistrelle, Daubenton and other species.
Should the weather not be conducive for lengthy outside excursions, we have a couple of indoor presentations lined up as a contingency.
We look forward to members and non-members alike to come along to the evening's events - all welcome!