Indoor Meetings about Birds and Wildlife

Hungary Birds - A Jewel in Europe
Mary Braddock

Date: Thursday 15 November 2018 at 19:30

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Great bustardGreat bustard

Presentation

We take a look at the floodplains of the great River Tisza, the birds and wildlife that these wetlands support together with the specialities of the plains and surrounding woodlands. These make a varied and fascinating talk about this land-locked country. After several visits at different times of the year, this talk explores breeding plans and successes of many species.

Spoonbills
Spoonbills

The Kiskunsag National Park was created in 1975 and stretches across the Great Hungarian Plain. The talk includes pictures of the habitat and species that are either resident in or migratory to this important reserve and includes many water birds and raptors. The Hortobagy National Park, created in 1973, has Phragmite reedbeds and old fish ponds covering vast areas that provide breeding grounds for many species of heron but also roosting grounds for species such as common crane in winter. Hungary has 99% of Europe’s total protected surface of Puszta plains and we visit this interesting landscape, exploring the species found there.

Ferruginous duck
Ferruginous duck

Mary Braddock's Bio

Mary has volunteered with the RSPB for well over 20 years, having been a Group Leader for 15 of those years and now working with the Farnham & Hazeley Heath RSPB Reserves helping with the processes required to manage lowland heath. Having retired from the NHS as a Nurse Practitioner, Mary now has more time to give to the RSPB but also to get photographs of wildlife and landscape. Mary has used her photography to illustrate talks for nine years, covering the many different places visited during that time.

Bee-eaters
Bee-eaters

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