Indoor Meetings about Birds and Wildlife

Poole Harbour and its Birds
by Neil Gartshore

Date: Thursday 15 March 2018 at 19:30

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Black-tailed Godwit
Black-tailed Godwit

Presentation
Poole Harbour is the largest natural harbour in the UK and is one of the largest in the world. Its international importance is recognised by the designations afforded it. From the rivers Frome and Piddle to the open sea, the harbour and its adjacent shores has a variety of habitats including reed beds, salt marsh, heathland and grassland providing for a wide range of bird species (many of which reach internationally important numbers). Human activity in the harbour can often be in conflict with this wildlife interest – this talk looks at some of these issues, the wildlife and the beauty of this outstanding area.

Turnstone Brownsea Island from Arne
Turnstone Brownsea Island from Arne

 

Biography
Neil started working in nature conservation in 1983 when he spent three seasons on the Farne Islands. Two years in South Africa/the Sub-Antarctic and contracts for the RSPB on Coquet Island, Mawddach Valley (Wales) and Minsmere were followed by a move to Dorset in 1991 to work on the RSPB’s Arne Reserve. After 17 years at Arne he decided it was time to move on and went freelance to follow other interests. He now runs Calluna Books (buying/selling second hand natural history books), takes people out bird/wildlife watching in Dorset and further afield, and continues to work as a freelance bird surveyor. In 2015 he took over The Birdwatcher’s Yearbook and now edits and publishes this title.

Avocet
Avocet

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