Indoor Meetings

The RSPB North East Hants Local Group runs indoor meetings for people interested in nature, birds, wildlife and the environment. Guest speakers entertain members with talks on wildlife photography, birds, nature and the environment. Meetings are held in Church Crookham and Fleet.

We welcome visitors who would like to attend our meetings, but for non local group members there is a £3 charge.

In the event of inclement weather please check with the appropriate organiser/website to see if the meeting is going ahead.

Map showing all indoor venues (250k pdf)



 

Welcome to our early Spring and early Autumn programme for 2018

                                                                            

                                                                       

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Saturday 3rd February 2018      7.30pm

Peregrines and Kites          Keith Betton

Back by popular demand after previous enthralling talks, Keith will tell fascinating stories of peregrines and red kites in Hampshire.

A group study set up by Keith found 18 peregrine nests in Hampshire in 2017, but they first started breeding here back in 1993. We will be looking at adults at their nests and lots of pictures of them with their young and feeding. 

Keith studied red kites in Hampshire from 2006 to 2012 and he will introduce us to their ecology and lifestyle including their flight and roosting behaviour. With over 150 pairs in Hampshire now, no doubt a species seen by many of you.

Sadly both species have suffered through persecution but Keith will have a more positive story of their conservation.

Please join us at

St Philip & St James' Church Hall, Kings Road, Fleet  GU51 3AR      


 

Saturday 3rd March 2018         7.30pm

Zimbabwe - off the beaten track          Brian Pettit and ‘Techno’ Tim

For those of you who have been to previous meetings you will know what a fantastic duo Brian and Tim are - wonderful presentations all on their giant screen.

After a number of visits Brian and Tim are able to show us this fairly under-recorded part of Africa’s wildlife heritage. From historic Selous to the Matopos Hills, from Lake Kariba to Victoria Falls and, finally, to the jewel in Zimbabwe’s wildlife crown - Hwange Game Reserve - all are covered in this comprehensive presentation. 

Although including the typical large African mammals this talk concentrates on looking under the rocks and behind the bushes to uncover many of the other species that are just as important in maintaining the balance of African nature and holding together that wildlife web we all love so much. 

Species featured include ravens, raptors and reptiles; herons, storks and sunbirds; baobabs, butterflies and bungees; fish, fruit and bee eaters; monitors, monkeys and mongooses together with stunning scenery and sunsets

Don’t miss this evening from two stars!

Memorial Hall, Sandy Lane, Church Crookham, Fleet  GU52 8LD


Saturday 24th March 2018           7.30pm                           

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Your committee welcomes your support at this meeting and look forward to sharing group news with you, so please come along and show your appreciation of the huge effort your committee makes to ensure a lively and varied program and the successful fund raising activities to help conserve the wildlife we all cherish. After the tea and coffee break we will have an update about the work to restore the area back to its original heathland at our nearest RSPB Reserve at Farnham Heath from Mike Coates, Project Manager.

Memorial Hall, Sandy Lane, Church Crookham, Fleet  GU52 8LD


Saturday 14th April 2018             7.30pm

A Woodland Year          Simon Ginnaw

Simon is a new speaker but comes to us with a fascinating talk that will reveal some woodland mysteries.

Woodlands and forests are a place of myths, legends and fairy tales!  Our woodlands are also packed with wildlife from forest floor to the tree tops - but it is not always easy to see. Join Simon as he takes us on a multi-media tour of the woods following the seasons, to discover beautiful butterflies, plentiful birds, and the mysterious creatures of the night and discover the secrets of the central character in all this drama - the one on which all the creatures of the forest depend - the trees.

Please join us at the

Memorial Hall, Sandy Lane, Church Crookham, Fleet GU52 8LD


Summer Break--------------------------------


Saturday 15th September          7.30pm 

Andes to the Amazon --  The Wildlife of Peru         Andy Tucker 

This will be our first talk of the autumn.  Andy Tucker is the General Manager of 'NatureTrek' and will be his first visit to our group.    I have seen Andy's talk already and I was so impressed I asked him to come to The RSPB NE Hants and do the same for us.

More details to come ----