16th August 2019

9:30 am - 9:50 am Adventures on Puffin Island by Matt Williams
Intrepid adventures from the uninhabited Treshnish Isles on the west coast of Scotland. The results of the 2018 seabird census...

10:00 am - 10:20 am Tasmania's raptors: up close and personal by Tonia Cochran
Protecting Tasmania's raptors and the use of minimal-impact hides for education, viewing and photography. A random act of removing a...

10:30 am - 10:50 am 21 years of conservation success in Ecuador by Adela Espinosa & Antonio Paez
Sponsored by World Land Trust Fundacion Jocotoco's reserves protect biodiversity, averting the extinction of birds, while providing benefits for communities....

11:00 am - 11:20 am 21st Century Obs - bird observatories in the modern era by Mark Pearson
Can Bird Observatories still thrive in the technological age? Inspired by his ongoing work with UK Bird Observatories and his...

11:30 am - 11:50 am The Kingdom of Bhutan by Duncan Macdonald
A land of towering, snow-clad mountains, temples and monasteries, perched precariously over vast forest-swathed valleys. The Kingdom of Bhutan or...

12:00 pm - 12:20 pm Rarities in the Scottish Highlands and islands ... for birders by Mark Warren
Sponsored by Heatherlea The Scottish Highlands and outposts from Fair Isle to St Kilda are famous for rarities! For more...

12:30 pm - 12:50 pm The birds of the British Antarctic Territory by Andrew Clarke
The British Antarctic Territory is one of the most sought-after destinations in world birding. The British Antarctic Territory is a...

1:00 pm - 1:20 pm Madagascar's endemic wildlife by Kerrie Porteous
Sponsored by Naturetrek Naturetrek’s Kerrie Porteous takes us on a journey across the fascinating island of Madagascar in search of...

1:30 pm - 1:50 pm Birds of the West Pacific by Chris Collins
This talk focuses on the seabirds and island endemics of the West Pacific including an undescribed species of storm-petrel discovered...

2:00 pm - 2:20 pm Wilding - the return of nature to a British farm by Isabella Tree
Isabella Tree tells the story of a daring wildlife experiment: the rewilding of Knepp Estate in West Sussex, owned by...

2:30 pm - 2:50 pm Why so many endemic birds in Mexico? by Michael Carmody
Unique Geography, unique positioning on the planet, a bridge between two continents... no wonder there are 120 endemics birds in...

3:00 pm - 3:20 pm Birding the Scottish Highlands and Islands on the same holiday by Toby Green
Sponsored by Heatherlea How to make the most of your birding and wildlife visit to Scotland. For more information about...

3:30 pm - 3:50 pm The wildlife of the Brazilian Pantanal by Tim Melling
Sponsored by Naturetrek Naturetrek tour leader, Tim Melling, takes us on a wildlife journey to the world’s greatest wetland, the...

4:00 pm - 4:20 pm Golden, spiky and blushing - saving the weird and wonderful invertebrates of St Helena Island by Vicky Wilkins
St Helena has 460 unique invertebrates, explore their incredible world and the actions saving them. St Helena is a tiny...

4:30 pm - 4:50 pm Celebrating 60 years of BBRC by Paul French
Paul will be exploring the history of rare bird recording in Britain. In the 60th anniversary year of the British...

5:00 pm - 5:20 pm Cuba - it's time to salsa by Steve Lovell
A fusion of Cuban todys, cigars , culture, crocodiles and classic cars. Great birding , beaches and history. A location...

 

16th August 2019

9:30 am - 9:50 am Wild Justice - the first six months by Ruth Tingay   Wild Justice launched in February and was set up by Mark Avery, Chris Packham and Ruth Tingay. It exists to...

10:00 am - 10:20 am The best places to go birding in Australasia by Keith Barnes   Rapid changes from China to Papua have made some birds more accessible, and with rapidly disappearing habitat some a lot...

10:30 am - 10:50 am Costa Rica - Pura Vida birding - in the birdwatching republic by Serge Arias   Discover with Costa Rican Serge Arias, the birdwatching routes of Costa Rica, the top hotspots and locations for the best...

11:00 am - 11:20 am Tippo’s Tips by David Tipling   Sponsored by Olympus David Tipling gives some tips on how to take your bird photography to the next level. This...

11:30 am - 11:50 am Wild China - Sichuan’s Birds & Mammals by Tim Melling   Sponsored by Naturetrek Naturetrek tour leader, Tim Melling, describes the wildlife highlights of a journey through the mountains of China’s...

12:00 pm - 12:20 pm The night watch in Borneo by Nick Acheson   Sponsored by Wildlife Worldwide Join Nick Acheson to discover the incredible and abundant nocturnal wildlife in Borneo. Since 2014 when...

12:30 pm - 12:50 pm Birdphotography - art or not? by Kaisa Peltomaki & Jari Peltomaki   It is not all about the photography equipment but the vision. Kaisa and Jari find themselves often from the same...

1:00 pm - 1:20 pm Wild(life) swimming and sleeping by Phoebe Smith   Watching wildlife by day is wonderful, but what happens when all the people go home? Phoebe has made it her...

1:30 pm - 1:50 pm When failure = success: the quest for the hooded seedeater by Guy Kirwan   Known with certainty solely from a unique male specimen collected in central Brazil in the early 19th century, the Critically...

2:00 pm - 2:20 pm Tippo’s Tips by David Tipling   Sponsored by Olympus David Tipling gives some tips on how to take your bird photography to the next level. This...

2:30 pm - 2:50 pm Borneo - in search of the Sunda clouded leopard by Tom Mabbett   Sponsored by Naturetrek Naturetrek’s Tom Mabbett takes us on a quest to find the elusive Sunda Clouded Leopard while highlighting...

3:00 pm - 3:20 pm Nagarhole: A peaceful park with a panther by Nick Acheson   Sponsored by Wildlife Worldwide Though many of North and Central India's tiger parks are hectic, Nagarhole, in the southern state...

3:30 pm - 3:50 pm Around the world in 80 birds by Christopher Hodgson   Sponsored by World Land Trust Working in collaboration with the World Land Trust I aim to uncover the stories and...

4:00 pm - 4:20 pm Unravelling the mysteries of migration by Jennifer Gill   The incredible journeys of our summer birds brought to life by tracking the flyway. BTO seeks to understand why our...

4:30 pm - 4:50 pm Northwestern Ecuador - pure birdiversity! by Richard Parsons   Photographic journey experiencing the diversity and beauty of birds at different elevations in Northwestern Ecuador. Join Richard on a photographic...

5:00 pm - 5:20 pm Architecture & nature - designing for a positive impact on nature by Tormod Amundsen   From Varanger in Arctic Norway to UK, Biotope is connecting people and nature through architecture. Varanger in Arctic Norway is...

16th August 2019

9:30 am - 9:50 am Sam Veasna Center (SVC) and Cambodia's 'Big 5' by Mardy Sean
Sam Veasna Center for Wildlife Conservation has been in operation by taking avid birders to see the 'Big 5' of...

10:00 am - 10:20 am Fair Isle Bird Observatory - The Future by Douglas Barr
With the recent fire completely destroying the Fair Isle bird observatory, current chairman Douglas Barr takes a look at the...

10:30 am - 10:50 am Birding the land of the Incas - Peru and Bolivia - past, present and future by Barry Walker
Birding the land of the Incas - Peru and Bolivia - Past, Present and Future. A look at the two...

11:00 am - 11:20 am Birds of the Falkland Islands by Andy Pollard
Sponsored by Falkland Islands Holidays Introducing the 205 confirmed resident, transient, migrant and vagrant birds of the Falkland Islands, including...

11:30 am - 11:50 am Exploring Maputaland by Martin Taylor
Sponsored by South Africa Tourism A journey through one of South Africa’s most bird rich regions. Situated in the north-eastern...

12:00 pm - 12:20 pm Taiwan – an island of endemics by Barrie Cooper
Sponsored by Taiwan Taiwan, a jewel in the Western Pacific. Taiwan is an island located at the edge of the...

12:30 pm - 12:50 pm The birds & mammals of South Africa's Kruger national park by Ben Chapple
Sponsored by Naturetrek Naturetrek’s Ben Chapple describes the wildlife highlights of South Africa’s vast Kruger National Park, one of the...

1:30 pm - 1:50 pm Last wilderness nation by Chris Leahy - Updated from printed programme
Introducing Mongolia, an increasingly popular destination for adventurous birders, nature lovers, and cultural explorers. Mongolia is one of the least...

2:00 pm - 2:20 pm An Urban Birder on the Falkland Islands by David Lindo
Sponsored by Falkland Islands Holidays The Falkland Islands was a place that David Lindo thought that he would never visit....

2:30 pm - 2:50 pm Hurricanes and Parrots by Bertrand Baptiste
Sponsored by Discover Dominica Parrots have been inhabiting the lush woodlands of Dominica for hundreds of years; history confirms that...

3:00 pm - 3:20 pm Tigers, leopards and sloth bears - the best of India by Andy Tucker
Sponsored by Naturetrek Naturetrek’s Andy Tucker describes some of the highlights of a wildlife holiday in the magnificent national parks...

3:30 pm - 3:50 pm Bringing beavers back to Devon by Mark Elliot
2019 is the final year of the River Otter Beaver Trial, and when it finishes the government is expected to...

4:00 pm - 4:20 pm Night-filming monsters in the New Zealand bush by Ruary Mackenzie Dodds
Most birders now know quite a bit about dragonflies, so last year Ruary went to New Zealand and found out...

4:30 pm - 4:50 pm Rechannelization of indigenous knowledge and practices towards resource sustainability in Nigeria by Stephen Aina
Economic growth vastly occurring in the urban space has shifted the odds of biodiversity distribution and relative abundance in favour...

5:00 pm - 5:40 pm Honey buzzards in the UK by Steve Roberts
I have been studying Honey buzzards for 30 years, publishing several landmark papers on the breeding of this secretive and...

16th August 2019

9:30 am - 9:50 am Nature detective: the art and application of wildlife tracking by David Wege
The wildlife tracker's role is enjoying a resurgence and finding its modern-day application. Wildlife track and sign interpretation is a...

10:00 am - 10:20 am Where next for curlews? by Mary Colwell
Since completing the 500 mile walk for curlews in 2016, and organising 4 national conferences, curlew conservation has come a...

10:30 am - 10:50 am Farming and wildlife by Nicholas Watts
Nicholas Watts has been studying farmland birds for over 30 years now and his talk describes why farmland birds are...

11:00 am - 11:20 am Reintroduction of Oriental White Storks in Japan - living in harmony with nature by Nakagai Muneharu
Sponsored by Toyooka Reintroduction of the Oriental White Storks in Toyooka -a magnificent project, which aims for an ecologically and...

11:30 am - 11:50 am Best of British by Craig Jones
Witness some of the amazing wildlife we have here in the UK with my talk that celebrates all that is...

12:00 pm - 12:20 pm Big game in wide open spaces - Malawi & Zambia by Mary-Anne Bartlett
Art Safari founder Mary-Anne Bartlett talks about the wealth of artistic inspiration in the wildlife of Malawi & Zambia, showing...

12:30 pm - 12:50 pm Future cities - birds and the built environment by Mike Toms
Using the BTO's extensive research into birds and the built environment, New Naturalist author Mike Toms explores how birds use...

1:00 pm - 1:20 pm The black woodpecker - when is it coming to Britain? by Gerard Gorman
Although it is found just across the Channel, where it is not uncommon, and despite rumours and claims, the black...

1:30 pm - 1:50 pm Swifts and biodiversity - using swift projects to bring wider-ranging improvements by Edward Mayer
It is fair to say that most new development and rebuilding in the UK is leading to environmental and societal...

2:00 pm - 2:20 pm Birdwatching at the tip of Africa by Martin Taylor
Sponsored by South Africa Tourism Situated at the tip of Africa, the Western Cape Province of South Africa has high levels...

2:30 pm - 2:50 pm The Solomon Islands: endemic birds and extraordinary marine life by Dr Charles Anderson
Rugged, jungle-clad islands in the South Pacific, ringing with the exotic calls of Parrots, Hornbills and Kingfishers. Little-visited coral reefs,...

3:00 pm - 3:20 pm Born to be wild; saving the world's rarest bird- the Madagascar Pochard by Peter Cranswick & Mark Carwardine
Overcoming the many and unusual challenges to save a species on the brink of extinction. Once thought extinct, just 20...

3:30 pm - 3:50 pm Healing the Rift – Saving Africa's Vultures in the Rift Valley with Champions of the Flyway by Mark Pearson
Mark explains how COTF19 is helping efforts to save Africa's embattled vultures. Powered by ZEISS. In 2019, Champions of the...

4:00 pm - 4:20 pm Assessing the potential role of zoos towards the conservation of native birds in the UK by Jake Brass
Evaluating the role of education in zoos: a shift away from exotic to native. BIAZA accredited zoos attract roughly 30,000,000...

4:30 pm - 4:50 pm Sixty years of Loch Garten's Operation Osprey; the past, present and future by Jess Tomes
In 1959, the Loch Garten ospreys became overnight stars, when the decision was taken to open up the only UK...

5:00 pm - 5:20 pm Ensuring a future for predators in Kenya: the role of the Kenya Wildlife Trust by Mark Stanley Price & Irene Amoke, introduced by Jonathan Scott
KWT is the premier supporter of predator conservation in Kenya, with community and education programmes. Despite its phenomenal wildlife experiences,...