CHESTERFIELD: RSPB members get close to nature

The next indoor meeting of Chesterfield RSPB is at the Winding Wheel at 7.15pm on October 14 (note earlier date than usual).

Steve Williams, a member, will give an illustrated talk “Close to nature with Steve”.

There was a members minibus trip to Boston on September 28, to go on a special Wash boat cruise. The Wash is an important area for wildlife in the UK to see migrating birds, seals, etc. The party sailed along The Haven into the Wash, then into the river Welland and back.

Sixty-five species of birds, 14 seals, a mink and a dolphin were seen. There were flocks of Brent geese feeding and flying, lots of waders feeding on the mud banks. A kingfisher was seen flying past near the lock gates in the centre of Boston.

A visit to Frampton marsh, an RSPB reserve near Boston, is on October 20, meeting at the main car park at 10.30am. The leader is Peter Stoppard.

Regular surveys continue on Saturday mornings in Linacre Woods.

There will be a joint meeting at the Winding Wheel of the RSPB and Wednesday lecture on November 6, at 7.30pm. Mike Dilger, author, naturalist and television presenter, will give a talk entitled My garden and other animals.

Further information is available on www.org.uk/groups/chesterfield