Excellent Start for Plymouth Branch Indoor Meeting

On the evening of Monday 25 March 53 members and non members gathered at the Hyde Park Social Club to relaunch the Plymouth Indoor Meeting activity after a gap of several years.

They were welcomed by Liz Harris and then George Harris, Chairman of Devon Birds, who described where some of the energies of Devon Birds were being directed.  He mentioned the completion of the Devon Bird Atlas as well as  projects to support Cuckoo, Pied Flycatcher and Ring Ouzel conservation. 

Liz then introduced Mike Langman.the well known Devon Birds member, illustrator and naturalist who got everyone involved in a fun and practical talk entitled “Make a Note of It”.

The talk tested the audience on their observation skills and Mike gave sound advice on making notes on the bird shape, head size, wing length, beak size and feather patterns whilst observing the bird’s behaviour.  By knowing our common birds in detail we are more likely to pick up similar but rarer species.  This hands-on talk was well suited to the audience who ranged across the whole spectrum of birding skills.  Mike was very warmly applauded for his contribution to their first Plymouth Branch Indoor meeting.

After such a successful meeting Liz has now arranged a follow up meeting on Monday 10th June at 7.30pm with Dave Norman giving a talk entitled ‘Expand your Birdwatching horizons by exploring sites in the area‘. Dave Norman is co-author of  ‘Where to watch birds in Devon and Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly’.  The talk will take place at Mutley Baptist Hall in the Spurgeon Hall, Mutley Plain, Plymouth PL4 6LB.