Indoor Meetings

Winter 2018-19

Wednesday 10th October 2018

Raptors of the New Forest - Andy Page
Andy Page of the Forestry Commission has been studying raptors in the Forest for many years. This talk contains some excellent photographs and a myriad of information.

Wednesday 14th November 2018
The Great Heath Nature Parks with a Focus on Birds:
Holes Bay, Lytchett Bay and Corfe Barrow -
Nicky Hoar
Nicky Hoar of the Dorset Wildlife Trust will be giving an update on this project, with a particular focus on birds.

Wednesday 12th December 2018
Wood Warblers in the New Forest - Tony Davis

Wood Warbler is a rapidly declining species across much of the UK. Tony Davis is the Senior Moth Conservation Officer for Butterfly Conservation. He is also a bird ringing trainer with a particular interest in studying the breeding biology of declining passerines. During this talk, Tony will share details of his long-standing work and research in the Forest.

Wednesday 9th January 2019
Birding a Local Patch - Dominic Couzens
Bird expert, best-selling nature author, international field trip leader and a regular print columnist, Dominic Couzens,will give his talk on birding a local patch. In this instance, Longham Lakes in the Stour Valley. More details on the talk...

Wednesday 13th February 2019
Bottleneck Birding: The Wonders of Bird Migration in Azerbaijan – Shaun Robson
Shaun was one of a group of CHOGgers that spent 14 days at the recently-discovered migration wonder that is Besh Barmag, on the western shore of the Caspian Sea. This talk will give some background to the site, as well as re-living the awesome spectacle of over 700,000 birds passing by.

Wednesday 13th March 2019
A short AGM followed by:
LIFE: Waders for Real – an update on working for waders in the Avon Valley
Ryan Burrell

Since spring 2015, the LIFE Waders for Real project has sought to increase the breeding density of key wading birds in the Avon Valley, especially Lapwing, through a unique combination of habitat restoration, research to improve our understanding of wading bird ecology and innovative actions which target the seasonal exclusion, monitoring and tracking of predators. Ryan will provide an update on the status of this important population of breeding waders, insights into predator activity and how their work is helping waders recover.

Unless stated, each meeting will take place at 7:30pm at St Nicholas' Church Hall,
The Broadway, Hengistbury Head, BH6 4EP.

Entry is free for CHOG members and £2:00 for non-members.
Refreshments will be available at each meeting.
We have a number of publications available including the current edition of Birds of Christchurch HarbourReport CoverAlso, back issues from previous years and other goodies.