“The Great Bustards of Salisbury Plain”
by David Kjaer
The work of the Great Bustard Group to reintroduce these magnificent birds to our countryside is told by David, a member of the group since its inception. Birds have now been reared and introduced annually since 2004, from Russia and, for the last three years, from Spain. This has been the first concerted attempt to create a new population of great bustards anywhere in the world and it will be fascinating to hear how the project has developed.
Venue: Sandhills School, Terrett Avenue, Oxford, OX3 8FN (just off the A40, opposite Thornhill Park and Ride).
Time & date: Thursday, 6 April 2017 at 7.45pm.
All welcome; entrance £3 (£2 for full time students), free to local group members and children.
More information on the local group website: www.rspb.org.uk/groups/oxford
Oxford Ornithological Society
Forthcoming Indoor Meeting
Wednesday 12th April 2017, 7.45pm
Kidlington OX5 1AB
"Birds of Wallacea – Where Continents Collide"
By: John Eyre
Wallacea is a geographic region lying between the Asian and Australasian continents. The area, named after the British naturalist Alfred Russell Wallace, comprises a large group of mainly Indoneasian islands. These bridge the gap and form a ecological transition between the two continents. They hold many bird species whose ancestors originated from either the east or the west. The area is now home to many endemic species. This talk will concentrate on the birds of two large islands in northern Wallacea - Sulawesi and Halmahera. It will describe the search for, and habits of, such birding gems as Wallace's Standardwing, Geomalia, Maleo and Moluccan Scrubfowl.