The RSPB Chesterfield group indoor meeting featured an interesting talk ‘Birds of Prey (past and present)’, given by Steve Lovell who had rescued a juvenile peregrine stranded after leaving its nest on Lincoln Cathedral that afternoon. He explained the decimation of birds of prey by gamekeepers etc at the beginning of the 20th century. The gradual reintroduction of most species from 1980s onwards had led to some success but birds were still being killed in recent years.
The group AGM was held on June 24 where some new committee members were elected to replace resigning members who had served for many years.
Some members enjoyed an evening visit to Clumber Park to see woodcocks and nightjars. The visit to Pleasley Pit Country Park was good for bird sightings and wildflowers, including orchids.
The next indoor meeting at the Winding Wheel will be on Monday, July 15, when David Bennett will give a presentation on The Osprey Project at Carsington Water. New members and visitors welcome at this meeting.
A field trip on Sunday, July 28, (the Great Fen project) by minbus is being arranged.