Wednesday 4 December 2019

Dan Brown in Pontio Bangor Tonight and Tomorrow

This week- Dan Brown Double Bill.
Tibet and the Sub-antarctic Islands.
Don't miss Dan on his flying visit to the UK and Bangor Birdgroup!

Wed 4 December, 2019, 7.30pm Room PL2 Pontio. 'In search of the Mountain Ghost - Wildlife of the Tibetan Plateau' . On the trail of Snow Leopard and other wildlife in one of the world's most remote and arduous regions.
Thursday 5 December, 2019, 7.30pm Room PL5 Pontio. 'Megaherbs, Great Albatrosses and Giant Peterels - Exploring our Anitpodal Seas and Islands' Discovering the endemic flora and fauna of New Zealand's sub-Antarctic islands and the rich seas which unite them.
Both talks by local boy Dan Brown, currently based in South-East Asia. Ecologist, conservationist and wildlife cruise leader. All welcome. Students free and members of Bangor Bird Group free. Otherwise £4 per head.

Monday 7 October 2019

Bangor Birdgroup is back this Wednesday- the 9th of October

I’m happy to announce the new programme for 2019-2020 for Bangor Birdgroup. Firstly please notice we have had a change of venue at the University. We are no longer in the Brambell building but have moved to The Management centre on College road, Alun room 101 is our new venue. Otherwise same old- doors open at 7 on a Wednesday evening for a 7.30 kick off. There are numerous topics covered about North Wales, the UK and the rest of the world from Antarctica to Azerbaijan and Algeria. I will be giving the first talk on The Birds of Anglesey on Wednesday the 9th October. Hope to see you there, everyone is welcome!
Membership £18 waged, £15 concessions or you can pay on the door. Students go free!

This Wednesday, the 9th October and I will be talking about the birds of Anglesey. I have updated the talk with a lot of new Bird and People photos 
Anglesey lies off the NW coast off Wales.
With an area of 276 Square miles it is the largest Welsh Island, and It's the 5th largest Island in the UK.
It has a good selection of habitats for birds and other wildlife.
With coastal habitats from sandy beaches to high sea cliffs and coastal lagoons. Freshwater lakes, Marshes, Fens, Woodland, Farmland, Freshwater rivers, Estuaries and more, it has a wide selection of habitats.
South Stack, Cemlyn and the reserve formally known as Malltraeth RSPB, now Cors Ddyga, are must visit sites for visiting birders, and bring in valuable money from Eco-tourism to the local economy.
I'm going to take you there and to many of my own personal favourite birding spots, to show you the birdlife and some of the other special wildlife that the Isle of Anglesey, Ynys Mon has to offer.

Monday 20 May 2019

Bardsey's: Western Orphean Warbler 19 May

Bardsey's Wildlife: Today started like any other day, low cloud in the...: Today started like any other day, low cloud in the morning giving a misty start but this was soon burnt off as the sun came up and it turn...

Wednesday 17 April 2019

Snowy Owl and Iberian Chiffchaff

The Snowy Owl has reappeared on Holyhead Mountain since the 11 April and apparently seen again yesterday (16th).

Also yesterday a good candidate for Iberian Chiffchaff was found singing in a woodland clearing in Gwydir above Penmachno at GR: SH773519 where the mountain bike trail leaves the forest track to the south.  The bird still present on 17th and easily picked up on song. If you go approach and leave via Penmachno as the road to the north is in a bad state and there's lots of gates to open an close.

The Ring-necked Duck also remains on Llyn Bran near Llyn Brenig.

Tuesday 19 March 2019

India and Arizona at Birdgroup this week

Wednesday- Himalayan Gold by Steve Culley
Thursday- Arizona Birding by Arizona Birder Chris Rohrer
(currently on tour of the UK)

At Bangor Bird-group we meet on Wednesday nights in the University of Bangor Brambell Building, Deiniol road opposite Asda just down from the Train Station. Costs are £2 per meeting (non members), or even better join as a member. Membership costs are as follows- Waged = £15, £12 for concessions and free for Bangor University students. 
Not bad for 22 talks!
Doors open at 7 for a 7.30 pm start. Talks last for around 1 hour. All members of the public are welcome. 

Friday 15 March 2019

Support Champions of the Flyway and save Vultures

Some friends need our help to help save the World's vulture species.  This year "Champions of the Flyway" is raising funds for on the ground action to prevent the whole scale slaughter of vultures in Kenya and across Africa.
I was lucky enough to go out to Israel last year to take part and this year's cause is no less urgent.
It doesn't matter which team you support as it all goes to the same Birdlife partner but the only Welsh gal Dan Rouse is 1/4 of the Swarovski Youth Birders Team and they're still aiming for their target.

£5, £10, £20 or whatever you can afford will all help.


Thursday 14 March 2019

Mark Avery at Plas y Brenin

Mark Avery returns to North Wales on Sat 23rd March.
Dr Mark Avery is a scientist by training and a birder by inclination, who has become an environmental campaigner, author and blogger since leaving the RSPB in 2011 (after 25 years, 13 of them as Conservation Director). He’ll be talking about his campaign to ban driven grouse shooting, and about his new organisation, Wild Justice, that he has set up with Chris Packham and Ruth Tingay.

Tickets £5 on the door 8pm start.