Indoor Meetings

Winter 2019-20

Wednesday 9th October 2019
Poole Harbour Ospreys – Brittany Maxted
Brittany is the Osprey Project Officer for the Poole Harbour Osprey Translocation Project, which aims to re-establish the osprey as a breeding species in the South of England after an absence of over 150 years. Over the course of five years she and her team are releasing 60 Scottish-born osprey chicks into Poole Harbour in Dorset, in a partnership between the charity Birds of Poole Harbour, the Roy Dennis Wildlife Foundation and Wildlife Windows. This talk will describe the project process and how CHOG should prepare themselves for future breeding Ospreys!

Note: this is a change to the previously listed event.

Wednesday 13th November 2019
Re-Introduction of White-tailed Eagles to the Isle of Wight – Steve Egerton-Read
Steve, who is the White-tailed Eagle Project Officer, based on the Isle of Wight,  will talk us through the plans for this exciting project, which is jointly sponsored by the Roy Dennis Wildlife Foundation and Forestry England. 

Wednesday 11th December 2019
A New RSPB Reserve – Anneka Schofield
RSPB employee, Anneka, will talk about a new reserve in the north of the New Forest.

Wednesday 8th January 2020
The Wildlife of Brownsea Island – Nikki Tutton
Nikki, from the Dorset Wildlife Trust, takes us through the wildlife of this special site, with an emphasis on birds.

Wednesday 12th February 2020
Bird Watching in the Dark – Graham Giddens
Graham is based on the edge of the New Forest. He runs bird watching classes, wildlife watching trips, gives entertaining talks and undertakes professional bird surveys. Graham's work includes: running bird watching classes for Brockenhurst College; leading guided wildlife watching walks and holidays; bird surveys for clients such as Hampshire Wildlife Trust, the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea in London; Countryside Stewardship surveys for farms and estates; producing articles/artwork and photographs for magazines/leaflets/information boards; and TV work for the BBC and ITV.

Wednesday 11th March 2020 - POSTPONED DUE TO CORONA VIRUS. Details of a re-arranged date will follow.
AGM followed by a short talk. Details to follow.

Actually, two short talks from students – one from Bournemouth University, the other a Dorset-based, A -level student.

With all of us now staying indoors, the CHOG Committee is reaching out to members through the power of the internet.  We are arranging for the three talks listed below to be relayed to members in their own homes using a web-conferencing tool.

Wednesday, April 15th, 7.30-8:00pm
Poole Park Greylag Geese - Thomas Weston

Thomas is a volunteer with The Birds of Poole Harbour and is interested in Poole Park’s population of Greylag Geese. The geese generally reside in the park, raise their young and then once the moult has taken place disperse; but no-one really knows where they go. The project seeks to understand their movements by colour-ringing, with observers hopefully reporting their sightings. Already, a gaggle has been recorded in Christchurch Harbour.

Wednesday, May 13th, 7.30-8:00pm
Cameron Bespolka Trust and the Dorset Bird Club Conference
- Alex Chapman 
Alex, who is currently studying for his A-levels, will be giving a short presentation on the Cameron Bespolka Trust and the Dorset Bird Club Conference.

Wednesday, June 10th, 7.30-8:00pm
The Dorset Nightjar Project - Sam Levy

The project was set up 2018 and is based on a heathland near Poole. Sam will take us through various aspects of the project including ringing, radio-tagging, movements, sound recording and nesting.

To attend any of these online presentations, you will need internet access and a computer or tablet with built-in audio.  There is a limit of 100 participants for each session, so if you would like to take part in any or all of these events, PLEASE REGISTER YOUR INTEREST BY SENDING AN EMAIL TO:  You will then receive joining instructions by reply mail.  If there is a high demand, spaces will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Wednesday 14th October 2020
Details to follow.

Wednesday 11th November 2020
Details to follow.

Wednesday 9th December 2020
Details to follow.

Wednesday 13th January 2021
Details to follow.

Wednesday 10th February 2021
Details to follow.

Wednesday 11th March 2021
AGM followed by a short talk. Details to follow.

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.