17th August 2018

9:30 am - 9:50 am Champions of the Flyway – racing for conservation by Jonathan Meyrav
Champions of the Flyway is an amazing bird race in which teams from all over the world raise funds and...

10:00 am - 10:20 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...

10:30 am - 10:50 am The Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater – amongst the birds and beasts by Adam Riley
A visual celebration of the incredible biodiversity of the Serengeti and adjacent Ngorongoro Crater. This pristine wilderness plays home to...

11:00 am - 11:20 am Colombia # 1 in Bird Species on Earth by Julián Guerrero
Sponsored by Colombia Hear why Colombia is number 1 for bird species in the world and what you might see...

11:30 am - 11:50 am The Biggest Week in American Birding by Rob Ripma
Northwest Ohio is known for its incredible spring warbler migration, and these brightly-colored songbirds are the stars of The Biggest...

12:00 pm - 12:20 pm Ethiopia’s Wildlife Highlights by Tim Melling
Sponsored by Naturetrek Home to an incredible variety of wildlife found nowhere else on the planet, Naturetrek Tour leader Tim...

12:30 pm - 12:50 pm Taiwan - an island of endemics by Barrie Cooper
Sponsored by Taiwan For a relatively small island, Taiwan has an impressive range of endemic birds, most of which are...

1:00 pm - 1:20 pm Reintroduction of the Oriental White Storks in Japan - Living in Harmony with Nature by Nakagai Muneharu
Sponsored by Toyooka The project is to reintroduce the Oriental White Storks in Toyooka City - a unique and magnificent...

1:30 pm - 1:50 pm Wildlife of Finland by Jari Peltomäki
Finland offers some unique opportunities for wildlife photographers in Europe. Imagine Brown Bears, Wolverines and Wolves or lekking Black Grouse,...

2:00 pm - 2:20 pm Wild Japan in Winter by Paul Stanbury
Sponsored by Naturetrek Naturetrek’s Paul Stanbury takes us on a journey to the snow-covered islands of Japan in winter, home...

2:30 pm - 2:50 pm The wonders of migration - research that's showing the way by Andy Clements
The BTO has been studying birds and their migration for the best part of a century but is now advancing...

3:00 pm - 3:20 pm Parrots & Woodpeckers of Colombia, Thematic Travels for Bird Lovers by Luis Eduardo Urueña
Sponsored by Colombia With 54 species of Parrots and 43 species of woodpeckers, Colombia is one of the most attractive...

3:30 pm - 3:50 pm Killing fields and safe havens for birds in Lebanon by Axel Hirschfeld
Report about the illegal bird hunting and trapping situation in the Lebanon and the joint CABS/SPNL campaign to end the...

4:00 pm - 4:20 pm Unknown Antarctica - The Birds and Wildlife of the Ross Sea by Chris Collins
The Ross Sea which is 2,000 miles south of New Zealand is rarely visited but is home to some amazing...

4:30 pm - 4:50 pm Remote, Rare and Rewarding: the importance and joy of birding in Australia's Red Centre by Luke Patterson
Sponsored by Australia's Northern Territory This lecture will focus on three main points: the beauty and remoteness of outback Australia;...

5:00 pm - 5:20 pm Birding in the Sultanate of Oman by Stephen Menzie
Oman – one of the most attractive, unspoiled, and safest countries in the Middle East – offers an extraordinary wealth...

 

17th August 2018

9:30 am - 9:50 am Panama’s Wondrous Natural History by Carlos Bethancourt   Panama’s position as a land bridge between North and South America has created an astounding biodiversity. Carlos in his unique...

10:00 am - 10:20 am Lowland Forests to Intertidal Mudflats - The Best of Mozambican Birding by John Kinghorn   Mozambique is without a doubt one of Africa’s best kept birding secrets being home to a variance in habitats from...

10:30 am - 10:50 am Spitsbergen – Land of the Polar Bear by Paul Stanbury   Sponsored by Naturetrek Naturetrek’s Paul Stanbury takes us on a wildlife journey around the Arctic islands of Svalbard, home to...

11:00 am - 11:20 am Wild Indonesia by Jonathan Morris   The island nation of Indonesia bridges the gap between Asia and Australasia, a fact reflected in its fantastically diverse wildlife:...

11:30 am - 11:50 am Birding Peru past, present and future. Birding the land of the Incas by Barry Walker   History of early ornithological explorers to the present day and where to travel and search for birds today.

12:00 pm - 12:20 pm Scotland's Best Birding in just three days by Phil Knott   Sponsored by Heatherlea Great fun for busy birders on exciting short holidays in Scotland with Heatherlea. Experienced Guide Phil tells...

12:30 pm - 12:50 pm Atlantic rainforest, a birding hotspot in Brazil by Guto Carvalho   The Atlantic Rainforest, is one of the richest domains on Earth regarding biodiversity. including more than 20,000 species of vascular...

1:00 pm - 1:20 pm Natural History Tourism, a Tool for Conservation in Andalucía by Beltran Ceballos   Sponsored by Andalucia The rural farmland abandonment, depopulation, is probably the main threat for Spanish Wilderness. Although it is not...

1:30 pm - 1:50 pm Costa Rica – Neotropical Birding by Tim Melling   Sponsored by Naturetrek Naturetrek tour leader, Tim Melling, travels around the forests and wetlands of Costa Rica in search of...

2:00 pm - 2:20 pm How best to combine birds and wildlife in Botswana by Grant Reed   A brief look at how to get the most out of your Botswana experience if you are wanting a well-rounded...

2:30 pm - 2:50 pm Butterfly Conservation turns 50 - fifty years conserving butterflies and moths by Simon Phelps   2018 is a special year for Butterfly Conservation as it marks the 50th year anniversary since their formation as a...

3:00 pm - 3:20 pm Scottish Islands for UK rarities by Toby Green   Sponsored by Heatherlea Rarity watching on the Scottish islands is both exciting and very rewarding. From Islay to Unst, from...

3:30 pm - 3:50 pm Birds of Northwestern Ecuador - A Kaleidoscope of Avian Diversity and Beauty by Richard Parsons   Join us on a journey of avian discovery through the mysterious cloud forests of northwestern Ecuador. Meet some of the...

4:00 pm - 4:20 pm Mar Chiquita - A pink world by Hernán Casañas   Sponsored by Argentina The biggest salt lake in South America is a paradise for birds and birders. An IBA in...

4:30 pm - 4:50 pm Endemic and Introduced conflicts I observed in New Zealand by Paul Cumberland   A trip in Feb 2018 to New Zealand around the south Island, surprised me in finding basically three different ecosystems...

5:00 pm - 5:20 pm Mammal safari in Europe – it’s easy to see 40 species of small mammals by Attila Steiner   Colourful insight to the incredible variety of mammals you can see in a 7-day tour in Hungary and Slovakia. From...

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Emptying the Skies - Film screening   Based on a magazine essay written by noted best-selling novelist Jonathan Franzen for 'The New Yorker' and widely republished around...

17th August 2018

9:30 am - 9:50 am #FlywayBirding a journey across the East Atlantic flyway by Simon Tonkin and Niki Williamson
This talk will take you on a migratory birds journey taking in some of the cultures, people, foods and landscapes...

10:00 am - 10:20 am Whooping Cranes of North America by George Archibald
In 1940 there were only 15 whooping cranes in the migratory flock. Today there are 450. This is the story...

10:30 am - 10:50 am Modernising penguin monitoring in the Falklands by Margaret Carr
Margaret will discuss Falklands Conservation’s use of modern drone technology monitoring penguin populations, the trials, tribulations, latest results and how...

11:00 am - 11:20 am Working with Wildlife by Tesni Ward
Sponsored by Olympus See what it’s like using the Olympus OMD EM1 mkII for wildlife & bird photography.   For...

11:30 am - 11:50 am Birds at Xiongse nunnery beside Lhasa city of Tibet by Tang Jun
A brief introduction of the birds at Xiongse Nunnery beside Lhasa city of Tibet - including the 4 endemics.

12:00 pm - 12:20 pm Merlin Challenges the Experts by Alex Lees, Jessie Barry and Dale Forbes
Sponsored by Swarovski Merlin Bird ID, a free mobile app, equipped with artificial intelligence is able to identify more than...

12:30 pm - 12:50 pm Fair Isle - the migration stepping stone! by Craig Round
Fair Isle has plenty of common migrants and a good chance of something really rare turning up – it’s an...

1:00 pm - 1:20 pm Birds of Manaus Vicinity and Presidente Figueiredo, Amazon State - Brazil by Edson Endrigo
This lecture will present the rare and interesting birds that could be seen at Manaus city and Vicinity areas. The...

1:30 pm - 1:50 pm Birding in Bhutan by David Erterius
The Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan protects some of the largest remaining swathes of Himalayan forest. Lush broad-leaved forests dripping with...

2:00 pm - 2:20 pm Working with Wildlife by Tesni Ward
Sponsored by Olympus See what it’s like using the Olympus OMD EM1 mkII for wildlife & bird photography.   For...

2:30 pm - 2:50 pm From the Discovery of a New Species for Science and the publishing of a book and the impact in conservation by Lelis Navarrete
A review of the events over a period of 20 years in Ecuador and how the discovery of a new...

3:00 pm - 3:20 pm Birding in Belize, Best times to visit and Habitats, Species to expect, rare and endangered species by Eric Jeffery Tut
Sponsored by Belize Belize a small English speaking country the size of Massachusetts nestled between Mexico and Guatemala makes it...

3:30 pm - 3:50 pm Wildlife watching in Borneo - orangtans, elephants and hornbills by Quentin Phillipps
The wildlife you can expect to see on a wildlife watching trip to Borneo.

4:00 pm - 4:20 pm Restoring Gough Island to save globally threatened species by John Kelly
Invasive house mice have colonised Gough Island, a UK Overseas Territory, from early ships exploring the South Atlantic. Having grown...

4:30 pm - 4:50 pm Conserving key Central Asian Flyway sites in India by Tuhina Katti
We would like to present our recently released work on Indian Bird Migration Atlas and Central Asian Flyway. The lecture...

5:00 pm - 5:20 pm Snow Leopards and the spectacular wildlife in Mongolia by Balázs Szigeti
Our focus is on finding Snow Leopards and enjoying the other wildlife of this remote and beautiful region with the...

17th August 2018

9:30 am - 9:50 am Investigations and the Hunting Act 2004 -13 years on by Martin Sims
The presentation will cover aspects of the Hunting Act legislation and how that has impacted on wildlife investigations, whether positively...

10:00 am - 10:20 am Central India's Unseen Wild Kingdom by Aditya Dhanwatay
The Lecture Speaks about two ecologically prominent parks of Central India, Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve and Melghat Tiger Reserve. Melghat...

10:30 am - 10:50 am Operation Turtle Dove – saving a bird on the brink by Guy Anderson
The Turtle Dove is one of the UK’s fastest disappearing breeding birds. The Operation Turtle Dove partnership is working along...

11:00 am - 11:20 am Anteaters and Antpittas - saving threatened habitats and species in South America by Richard Cuthbert
This lecture is sponsored by World Land Trust Hear how the World Land Trust has worked with its in-country partners...

11:30 am - 11:50 am New Moon on the Wane - The Curse of the Curlews by Rick Simpson
Curlews are much in the news for all the wrong reasons; declining populations and shrinking ranges. Two species are already...

12:00 pm - 12:20 pm Nuts about Brazil! by Sarah Malcolm
Sponsored by Wildlife Worldwide Fresh from her adventure to Brazil, Sarah will recount her recent quest for harpy eagle, jaguar...

12:30 pm - 12:50 pm It's not just kangaroos you know by Nick Baker
Nick shares his first impressions on a part of Australia that many overlook - a mistake in his eyes. Come...

1:00 pm - 1:20 pm Birdwatching - it’s not just a man’s world! by Ruth Miller
Join Ruth Miller, a committed birdwatcher, tour leader, birding writer, record breaker and self-confessed cake-aholic as she shares the positive...

1:30 pm - 1:50 pm A magnificent journey cut short - the great Ionian barrier by Roula Trigou
Same migratory route, two different endings: the diversity of spring migration through a bird ringing station versus a massacre in...

2:00 pm - 2:20 pm Discovering the secrets of Mexico’s cloud forests by Roberto Pedraza Ruiz
This lecture is sponsored by World Land Trust Working in some of the wildest areas in Mexico, Roberto Pedraza Ruiz...

2:30 pm - 2:50 pm A Focus on Nature – The Youth Nature Network by Beth Aucott
An introduction to A Focus on Nature and the work we do creating a network for young conservationists. Through a...

3:00 pm - 3:20 pm Ladakh - In search of the Snow Leopard by Nick Garbutt
Sponsored by Wildlife Worldwide If ever an animal epitomized wilderness it is the snow leopard: a ghost of the mountains...

3:30 pm - 3:50 pm Skimming the Chambal – Saving Indian Skimmer and other threatened riverine birds by Parveen Shaikh
Join Parveen on a fascinating journey that explores the ecological requirements of the ground nesting riverine birds of the River...

4:00 pm - 4:20 pm Helping or hindering? The effects of garden bird feeding by Kate Risely
We put out bird food in the belief that it will help birds, but what do we know about the...

4:30 pm - 4:50 pm Caribbean Endemic Amazon Parrots - past, post-hurricane present and future by Dobromir Domuschiev
There are 9 species of endemic amazon parrots on the Caribbean. All of them endangered, some are very rare. There...

5:00 pm - 5:20 pm Wildlife and marine life of Antarctica and the Arctic by Ralph Pannell
How best to explore the polar regions in the company of experts.