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Indoor Meetings

Winter 2021-22

All currently listed meetings will be Virtual. To register for them, please email…

Wednesday, October 13th, 7:30-8:30pm

Bird Surveys – Local to Global – Dawn Balmer, Head of Surveys for the BTO

The Surveys Team at the BTO runs large-scale bird surveys. These include the Wetland Bird Survey, Breeding Bird Survey, BirdTrack, Waterways Breeding Bird Survey and the Heronries Census. Dawn will talk to us about how local surveys impact the global and vice versa. This is a wide ranging talk and will be of interest to all.

Wednesday, November 10th, 7:30-8:30pm

Unravelling the Mysteries of Bird Migration – Dr Ieuan Evans, Director of Engagement for the BTO

Using the latest methods, the BTO is learning more and more about the incredible journeys that birds make. Ieuan will share with us the most recent findings. Ieuan, who has access to the latest news on bird migration at his fingertips, couldn’t be better placed to give this talk.

Wednesday, December 8th, 7:00-8:30pm

CHOG Annual General Meeting followed by …

Extraordinary Wildlife, The Opportunistic Photographer at Home & Abroad – George Green

Many of you will know George as an avid Dorset birder and a senior member of the Dorset Bird Club. You may not know that George has had books published including ‘The Birds of Dorset’ and ‘Where to Watch Birds in Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight’ (the latter which he co-authored). Both publications are still available.

You also may not know that George has travelled extensively. This evening he will give us a photographic snapshot of some of his travels both in the UK and abroad.


Wednesday, January 12th, 7:30-8:30pm

Nocturnal Migration – Arjun Dutta

Arjun is an 18-year-old passionate birder and environmentalist from South London, currently studying for a Geography BA at Cambridge University. Alongside environmental campaigning and youth engagement work for the BTO and Cameron Bespolka Trust, his greatest passions revolve around bird sound, and recording them in the field.

Arjun will talk to us about nocturnal migration (nocmig), which records bird migration at night through sound recording. This is not only interesting but scientifically valuable. It enables a better understanding of patterns of migration, whilst also showing some surprising trends – for example, the overland migration of Brent Geese, and inland migration of Ortolan Buntings among many others.

Wednesday, February 9th, 7:30-8:30pm

The Waders of Poole Harbour – Shaun Robson

Many of you will know Shaun as an experienced local birder who has been instrumental in developing Lytchett Fields into an RSPB nature reserve. Lytchett Fields, a series of protected pools with islands for roosting birds, is now one of the premier wetland sites in Dorset. Shaun will talk to us about his favourite group of birds, namely waders, focusing on those that feed at Lytchett Fields and the wider Poole Harbour. This will be illustrated with photos and identification tips.

Wednesday, March 9th, 7:30-8:30pm

Robyn Owen, Field Officer, Hen Harrier Reintroduction, Natural England

Robyn will talk to us about the on-going work that Natural England are doing to assist the introduction of the beautiful, charismatic – but elusive – raptors.

All currently listed meetings will be Virtual. To register for them, please email…

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.

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