Indoor Meetings about Birds and Wildlife

From Marrakech to Massa
by Chris Ward

Date: Thursday 11 April 2019 at 19:30



This talk takes us on a journey around central and southern Morocco, a wonderful and easily accessible country in north west Africa. It is best visited in winter and early spring. From Marrakech and the snow-capped High Atlas mountains we travel to the coast, visiting well-known birding sites of Massa and Tamri in search of one of the world’s rarest species. Then we briefly visit some exotic towns and cities. Most of the talk then looks at the deserts and sand dunes of Boumalne, Merzouga and Erfoud, near the northern edge of the Sahara.

Oukaimeden Haut Atlas   Erg Chebbi
Oukaimeden, Haut Atlas   Erg Chebbi, Merzouga

Here in southern Morocco, birds seem to be everywhere!

Exciting birds, including numerous desert and high-altitude specialities, are a major feature of the talk.  Always set in a spectacular setting of deserts and mountains…

Red-rumped Wheatear   Shore Lark ('Atlas' race)
Red-rumped Wheatear   Shore Lark ('Atlas' race)
Cream-coloured Courser   Northern Bald Ibis
Cream-coloured Courser - Tagdilt track   Northern Bald Ibis


Chris is an experienced lecturer, having presented talks to over 250 clubs and societies. He is a keen traveller and a wildlife photographer for over 30 years. A former Group Leader of the RSPB North Bucks Local Group for 10 years (committee member for 30 years) and a former member of the Buckinghamshire Birds Rarities Committee for 15 years.

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