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The Amersham Birdwatching Club

 

 

                    

  

                  

                    Our aim is to share and  foster an interest in and                                                      enjoyment of birds and their environment. 

                    We will be glad to see you at any of our monthly meetings.

 

Enquiries:   Text 07958 792 488

 

 

NEXT MEETING:

 Friday 12th April    at 7:45 in The Barn Hall , Chiltern Avenue, Amersham ,  HP6 5AH 

 

Saving Kenyan Coastal Forests for Eastern Bird Migrants                   Speaker  Ann Scott

Rollers , Swallows, Cuckoos, Warblers and Flycatchers and other migratory birds need our help to travel through the countries that they  do. The Bob Scott Memorial Appeal bought 219 acres of land in Africa to prevent it being destroyed for bird life. The Kenyan Coastal forest is important for endemic and migratory birds.  

 

Sunday 14th April Field trip to Steps Hill                                               Leader Richard Tomlin

 

 

 

 

 

 

Future Friday evening Meetings  in 2019 

 

January      The Birdwatchers Time Machine    Dan Field

February     Wildlife of Southern Amazonia      Graeme Wallace

March         The Shetland Isles                           Bill Coster

April            Kenyan Coastal Forest                   Ann Scott

May             Undiscovered Norfolk                     Chris Ward

September The Lee Valley                                  Paul Roper                  

 

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LOCAL SIGHTINGS

 

FIRECRESTS 

 

!10th April Reports of Lots of Firecrests singing their hearts out in Wendover Woods and 

 

 

RING OUSEL  spotted at Steps Hill

 

 

 

 

On Friday 15th March Bill Coster treated us to a wonderful selection of his photos taken while he and his wife spent a month in the Shetland isles. The quality of the photos and the range of birds and habitats was stunning giving us views of birds which we would be unlikely to get ourselves without a great deal of effort.

 

 

 

The Birdwatchers Time Machine was the enigmatic title given by Dr Field for his talk on the paleontological evidence for the 'history' of birds. Drawing widely on his own work and research  we were treated to a wonderful romp through the last 100M years  ,give or take a few ,noting the presence or absence of ferns , dinosoaurs and the like prior to and post the cataclysmic collision with the asteroid 66M years ago in the Yucatan peninsula widely recognised as the most recent event dealing a severe blow to all life forms.This was the Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction known to  those in the trade as the "K-Pg"  Birds emerged after this event but what was there before .. who were the ancestors?  

 

Here are some links sent by Dr Field to help you further in your search for the truth. Yes it's definitely out there!

 

Articles by Dan Field 

 

  "How birds survived the dinosaur killing asteroid" an article in The Conversation 

 https://theconversation.com/how-birds-survived-the-dinosaur-killing-asteroid-97021

 

"Feathered fruit-eater frozen in fossil form"  by Dan Field and Allison Hsiang    https://blogs.biomedcentral.com/bmcseriesblog/2018/06/25/feathered-fruit-eater-frozen-in-fossil-form/

 

A couple of articles in National Geographic also touch on the subject with video supplied by Dan

 

"These are the Dinosaurs that didn't die"  An article in National Geographic  https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2018/05/dinosaurs-survivors-birds-fossils/

 

"The unprecedented Ichthyornis fossil from Kansas offers fresh perspective on bird evolution."  a short article in National Geographic which has rotating 3-D fossil bird skull photo

 https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/05/fossil-bird-skull-3d-dinosaurs-evolution-paleontology-science/

 

For information about Dan's work and papers published go to :

 

For information on some local sightings look on General News page 

 

 

We look forward to welcoming you to any of our meetings.  We will continue to do our best to keep you updated on our programme & activities together with any updates to our web site.

A few of our members like taking photos.  If you find this of interest please contact us for further details or just to chat.

 

Field Trips are a regular feature of our activities many being local but a couple of times a year we go further afield for a few days residential to places such as Titchwell in North Norfolk, Minsmere in Suffolk or North Kent Marshes.  This year we are going back to Portland Bill.

 

 

This site was last updated on 11th April 2019

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