All our talks are now given via Zoom. To join us, just email Dick Budden at firstname.lastname@example.org. He will then send you the link a few days ahead of the meeting. There are opportunities to comment and ask questions.
Talks are free for members. Guests pay £2 per talk (preferably by BACS) - Dick will provide bank details.
OUR NEXT TALK:
Thursday 21 January, 7.30pm Edward Mayer: Apus apus - The Common Swift and what we can do to conserve these amazing birds
Edward Mayer is the UK's leading expert on the conservation of Swifts (the Common Swift, Apus apus). He became fascinated by Swifts at the age of six when he saw these amazing birds flying above his home in Southampton and has been in love with them ever since. He studied the efforts of experts in Germany and in 2003 initiated a programme to preserve the future of the Swift in the UK with an internet- based service (https://www.swift-conservation.org/) to provide advice, talks and encouragement for voluntary action to preserve existing nest sites and create new ones.
His work has been such a success that he now talks to conservation groups right across Europe.
We already know of a small number of nest sites in Tisbury so we are planning to survey the whole village in the hope that we can identify some more and also promising locations for more nest boxes, in time for when the breeding season begins in April/May. If you would like to have swifts nesting on your property and there is a potential site at least 15ft/5m from the ground on a north, east or even south facing facade, with overhead protection from eaves or guttering, please contact email@example.com or phone 01747 871772.
See above for how to register for this talk.
Thursday, 28 January, 7.30pm Neil Hartley - Organic farming in Tisbury
This will be a useful follow-on to Peter Thompson's November talk (if you missed this, go to talks/what you missed for a summary and the slides he used). We thought it would be relevant and interesting to hear from a neighbouring farmer on a similar topic.
Neil is an experienced farmer from Salisbury Plain who has recently acquired land near the community fields behind the Nadder centre. He will be telling us his exciting plans to bring his organic cattle to Tisbury, about what his farming practice entails and how he manages the impact on wildlife.
AND OUR NEXT TALKS:
Other invited speakers for Winter/Spring 2021 are as follows but we do not know if it will be possible for these to go ahead, so please
Watch This Space!
Thursday, 18 Febuary - Stone Curlew Consercvation. Nick Tomalin, RSPB Wessex Farmland Project Manager.
Thursday, 18 March - PC Neil Turnbull, Wildlife Crime Officer, Wiltshire Police Wildlife Crime or Simon Smart, Black Sheep Countryside Management Farmer conservation groups
Thursday, 15 April - Tom Morah, Hawk Conservancy Trust The work of the Hawk Conservancy Trust and the National Bird of Prey Hospital.