Indoor Meetings about Birds and Wildlife

Social Evening 2018
with entertainment and light refreshments

Date: Thursday 6 December 2018 at 19:30


Twenty-eight people attended this evening of “riotous fun and frolics”!

The evening began with a rather pertinent event. Peter Gaines has decided to retire from the committee. Kate made a presentation to Peter and thanked him for his services. See the news item for full details.


Thanks must go to Gerry Studd who once again prepared quizzes and acted as quiz master, testing our knowledge of things bird related! A paper quiz for people to puzzle over as they arrived, followed by a series of quizzes – some serious, some amusing and some downright outrageous! This was followed by a break for some excellent refreshments before we were treated to two presentations by group members.

Brian in Beekeeper costume with hide

Brian Reeve looked every inch the beekeeper and was hardly recognisable as he gave his talk attired in beekeeper clothing (fully enclosed white protective suit and hat)!! He also brought along a bee hive (thankfully minus the bees), demonstrated how a hive works and explained how the honey bees spend their time. Brian presented a fascinating insight into beekeeping.

Ayla with presentation on screen

Ayla Paul gave an illustrated talk on the diet of buzzards living near the red grouse moors of the Scottish/English border. Ayla showed some great and often unusual pictures of buzzards, ravens, merlin and barn owls. We learnt that if barn owls are placed on their back they go to sleep and snore - riveting stuff!! We saw a ground nesting buzzard with four eggs – three hatched but only one cannibalistic young buzzard fledged! The research showed that buzzards predominantly eat whatever the most common prey is near to their nest. Well done Ayla.

Thank you goes to Brian and Ayla for their contribution to the meeting. Both presentations were really interesting and informative and attracted questions from the audience, however they really needed more time allocated to them to do full justice to the subject material.

Our usual bumper raffle brought the evening to a close and Gerry, Brian and Ayla were presented with small gifts to thank them for their contribution.

Thank you to all who helped to make the evening a success and best wishes for the festive season to all our website visitors. See you in 2019.

--- Original Programme Information ---
Venue: High Street Methodist Church hall, King Street, Maidenhead, SL6 1EA. See 'Talks' page for venue details.

Quizzes presented by Gerry Studd plus a couple of short talks by group members. No booking required, usual entrance fee on the night. We hope you will come and support this event.

Donations of raffle prizes greatly appreciated.