11th October 2017
Dorset’s Best Birding Sites – Neil Gartshore
In 2002 Norfolk became the first guide to be published by Buckingham Press in its Best Birdwatching Sites series. The publisher’s aim was to produce a guide that was more user friendly compared to others on the market at the time. Six titles down the line it was Dorset’s turn to get the BBS treatment and Neil was asked to write it. This talk looks at the design and layout of the series and what was involved in writing it before taking a trip around some of the sites and looking at the birds that make them the ‘best’.
Wednesday 8th November 2017
REGUA: Brazilian Rain Forest Birds, Butterflies, Dragonflies & Moths
– Peter Allen
A former vice-chairman of the British Dragonfly Society and Hampshire Dragonfly Recorder, retired-dentist Peter has been a CHOG member since 1975. This talk covers two visits he has made to the world-renowned REGUA reserve, one of South America's most biodiverse and endemic-rich environments.
Wednesday 13th December 2017
38 Years of Nest-Recording at Canford School – Roger Peart
Roger, a member of the BTO for over 50 years, is a maths teacher and moved to Dorset in 1971. For nearly four decades he has been ringing nestlings in the grounds of Canford School, where over 70 nest-boxes are sited and monitored.
Wednesday 10th January 2018
The Work of Wild New Forest - Marcus Ward
Together with Russell Wynn, Marcus founded Wild New Forest in Spring 2016 with the aim of bringing together various parties that study wildlife in the New Forest, in order to better aid communication and share knowledge. In addition to monthly meetings, a Facebook page was set-up and this has become a hub for records and sightings. This talk will look some of the fieldwork covered by WNF, with a strong bias towards the study of the scarce woodland birds of the Forest.
Wednesday 14th February 2018
Birding on Antipodean Islands – Alan Crockard
Alan was one of the UK’s leading neurosurgeons, initially in Belfast and then London. Now retired, he has been able to expand his interests in sailing, photography and birding. In early 2017, Alan took a trip to the southern hemisphere, where he combined work with visits to family and friends, as well as trips to some out-of-the-way places in Australia and New Zealand. This talk will tell the story of some special conservation projects on remote islands in both countries, including work to save unique birds of the region and the enigmatic Tasmanian Devil.
Wednesday 14th March 2018
AGM followed by a short talk TBD
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.