18th August 2019

9:30 am - 9:50 am Birding Angola - Africa's best kept secret! by Dylan Vasapolli   Angola had been closed off to visitors for a long while, and has recently begun opening up to tourism, and...

10:00 am - 10:20 am The North Sea; a conservation frontier by Martin Kitching   Birding, science and conservation off England's northeast coast. Birdwatchers and boats; an idyllic combination that has been at the forefront...

10:30 am - 10:50 am The Gough Island restoration programme by Helen Deavin   Invasive non-native species are having severe ecological impacts across the world, and we now know that eradicating invasive mammals from...

11:00 am - 11:20 am Lesvos spring migration by Gina Beebe Nichol   In late April and early May, a continual stream of migrating birds pass over the Greek Island of Lesvos as...

11:30 am - 11:50 am Wild Justice - the first 6 months by Mark Avery   Wild Justice launched in February and was set up by Mark Avery, Chris Packham and Ruth Tingay. It exists to...

12:00 pm - 12:20 pm West Cornwall, an underwatched birding corner of the UK by Mark Warren   Sponsored by Heatherlea Secluded coves and woodlands, open sea-watching, and autumn migration in the far south-west. For more information about...

12:30 pm - 12:50 pm 52 European Wildlife Weekends: the best of the continent's wildlife by James Lowen   Drawing on his award-winning book '52 European Wildlife Weekends', which suggests one brilliant nature break for each week in the...

1:00 pm - 1:20 pm St. Kilda & the Hebrides – sailing to the edge of the world by Sara Frost   Sponsored by Naturetrek Naturetrek tour leader, Sara Frost, takes us on a sensational wildlife cruise through the Hebrides and onto...

1:30 pm - 1:50 pm Conserving Kenya's critical sites and species by Gloria Waswa   Sponsored by World Land Trust - ABC Lecture Dakatcha Woodland is an internationally recognized Important Bird Area that is home...

2:00 pm - 2:20 pm #titchwell200 by Lizzie Bruce   Located on the North Norfolk coast and packed full of different habitats Titchwell can pack its punch for a solid...

2:30 pm - 2:50 pm Extremadura's birding innovations: protected areas with a difference by Martin Kelsey   Protected areas with a difference: Extremadura's network for bird protection is one of the most extensive and diverse in Europe,...

3:00 pm - 3:20 pm Rarities in the Scottish Highlands and islands ... for birders by Toby Green   Sponsored by Heatherlea The Scottish Highlands and outposts from Fair Isle to St Kilda are famous for rarities! For more...

3:30 pm - 3:50 pm Polar photography from Pole to Pole by Tim Melling   Sponsored by Naturetrek Naturetrek tour leader, Tim Melling, takes us on a wildlife journey from the Arctic to Antarctic and...

4:00 pm - 4:20 pm Hunting Act: are exemptions really 9/10ths of the law? by Martin Sims   There is a misconception that hunting with hounds is completely illegal. But the Hunting Act 2004 allows hunting to take...

4:30 pm - 4:50 pm Lake Hornborga - the restoration of a bird paradise by Kent-Ove Hwass   The biggest restoration project in Sweden that has created one of the best bird areas in Europe.

18th August 2019

9:30 am - 9:50 am Discover birding in Lithuania by Marius Karlonas   Lithuania is a land of outstanding natural beauty. Traditionally, its countryside has been considered as agricultural by many from outside...

10:00 am - 10:20 am Marmite boar: love and hate in the Forest of Dean by Chantal Lyons   The rules for being a wild animal in the UK are simple. Be quiet; leave no trace; stay in your...

10:30 am - 10:50 am Hotspot Alentejo by Frank McClintock   The Alentejo region of southern Portugal is a birding hotspot like no other in Europe. Safe, easy-to-reach and affordable, its...

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 Ethiopia's wildlife highlights by Tim Melling - Subject changed form printed programme   Sponsored by Naturetrek Home to an incredible variety of wildlife found nowhere else on the planet, Naturetrek tour leader Tim...

12:00 pm - 12:20 pm Spitsbergen: land of ice and bears by Bret Charman   Sponsored by Wildlife Worldwide Famed for its rugged beauty, pristine wilderness and remarkable wildlife, the Arctic realm of Spitsbergen should...

12:30 pm - 12:50 pm Great Bird Reserves: RSPB Old Moor and the Dearne Valley by Matthew Capper   This talk explores the history, creation, management and wildlife of RSPB Old Moor and the other sites that make up...

1:00 pm - 1:20 pm Argan, antelope and ibis at the edge of the Med by Laurie Jackson   An introduction to the plant communities, wildlife and culture of Southern Morocco. Southern Morocco is a fascinating area. Dominated by...

1:30 pm - 1:50 pm Hen Harrier LIFE by Cathleen Thomas   Join Dr Cathleen Thomas to explore the RSPB's Hen Harrier LIFE project, an ambitious 5-year programme of hen harrier conservation...

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 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...

3:00 pm - 3:20 pm Natural Norfolk by Nick Acheson   Sponsored by Wildlife Worldwide Long celebrated for its rare breeding, wintering and migrant birds, Norfolk is among the UK's finest...

3:30 pm - 3:50 pm Two unspoilt, welcoming, hidden gems in the middle of Europe: Slovenia and Croatia by Balázs Szigeti   Two unspoilt, welcoming, hidden gems in the middle of Europe: Slovenia and Croatia offer a fantastic combination of great birding,...

4:00 pm - 4:20 pm Interesting invertebrates of the UK by Neil Phillips   Insects, spiders and other invertebrates are often overlooked, but there is a whole world of fascinating creatures of many shapes...

4:30 pm - 4:50 pm Wildlife photography techniques by Mike Watson   Mike will be talking about some basic photographic techniques, which will improve your wildlife photos. Small things that make a...

18th August 2019

9:30 am - 9:50 am When should you go birding in Estonia? by Tarvo Valker
Steller's Eiders, Woodpeckers, Owls and spectacular visible migration - Estonia has a lot to offer. This talk will help you...

10:00 am - 10:20 am Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS): Accounts from the Frontline of Bird Protection by Lloyd Scott
Several experienced CABS volunteers provide different insights into our bird protection missions around the poaching hotspots of the Mediterranean. The...

10:30 am - 10:50 am Children need nature, and nature needs children by Amy Hall
The Cameron Bespolka Trust was set up in memory of Cameron Bespolka, a young birder and wildlife enthusiast, and what...

11:00 am - 11:20 am The wild Falkland Islands by Tormod Amundsen
Sponsored by Falkland Islands Holidays Albatrosses, penguins, sea lions and extremely confiding birds makes Falklands one of the worlds top...

11:30 am - 11:50 am Small Cats of South Africa by Ben Chapple
Sponsored by South Africa Tourism Serval, Caracal, African Wildcat and Black-footed Cat, and where to find them. Also the amazing...

12:00 pm - 12:20 pm The endemic birds of Taiwan by Stephen Vaughan Ashby
Sponsored by Taiwan With nearly 30 endemic species and many other range-restricted birds, Taiwan is a special destination. For more...

12:30 pm - 12:50 pm Sweden’s wildlife through the seasons by Tim Melling
Sponsored by Naturetrek Naturetrek tour leader Tim Melling describes the wildlife highlights of Sweden, from seeing a Great Grey Owl...

1:00 pm - 1:20 pm Birds, boots and butties in North Wales by Ruth Miller
Ruth takes you around North Wales sharing the best birdwatching locations where you can combine a great walk, exciting birds...

1:30 pm - 1:50 pm From masked trogons to magpie geese by Luke Massey
Join award winning wildlife photographer Luke Massey as he talks about his travels around the world, from the Ecuadorian cloud...

2:00 pm - 2:20 pm Sea Lion Island Nature Reserve by Andy Pollard
Sponsored by Falkland Islands Holidays A must for any itinerary. This rodent and cat free Island is a haven for...

2:30 pm - 2:50 pm The grand Iberian birdwatching tour by Sally Westwood & Stephanie Perks
From October 2018 to May 2019 Sally and Stephanie travelled 11,00 miles around Spain and Portugal in their campervan, visiting...

3:00 pm - 3:20 pm Spitsbergen – realm 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...

3:30 pm - 3:50 pm Our flyway promise by Simon Tonkin & Niki Williamson
The Inglorious Bustards have a challenge! We want to share with you the joy of watching wildlife all along the...

4:00 pm - 4:20 pm A beginner's guide to dragonflies and damselflies by David Chandler * Amended time
This lecture will draw on material in David's latest book - 'A Beginner's Guide to Dragonflies and Damselflies of Britain...

17th August 2019

2:00 pm - 2:20 pm Small Cats of South Africa by Ben Chapple - Changed from printed programme
Sponsored by South Africa Tourism Serval, Caracal, African Wildcat and Black-footed Cat, and where to find them. Also the amazing...

18th August 2019

9:30 am - 9:50 am Bats in churches - working for people and wildlife by Diana Spencer and Claire Boothby
Parish churches are hugely important roosting sites for our native bats. Although bats are usually welcome, some churches experience damage...

10:00 am - 10:20 am Kent: the wildlife garden of England by Simon Ginnaw
Simon takes you a journey through Kent. Explore the county's stunning landscapes, rich history, and beautiful wildlife as you journey...

10:30 am - 10:50 am From invertebrates and frogs to puffins by Victoria Hillman
Looking at how photographing less popular species and working in tricky habitats can help develop your style and a greater...

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 How I attracted 23 species of butterflies to my London garden by Honor Phillipps
How to attract more butterflies into your garden and support local breeding populations. Welcome Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Orange Tip,...

12:00 pm - 12:20 pm Belize, around the world, and back to Belize by Dan Bradbury
Sponsored by World Land Trust As the Trust celebrates its 30th Anniversary Dan will travel around the reserves that WLT...

12:30 pm - 12:50 pm Butterflies for beginners by Megan Shersby
Aimed at beginners, this lecture will be introduce you to the range of butterfly species found in Britain, including how...

1:00 pm - 1:20 pm Birds in folklore by Dr Simon Wills
Our ancestors had strange beliefs about birds: the lapwing was treacherous, the crow a good parent, and the owl forecast...

1:30 pm - 1:50 pm Fin-tastic fun in schools! by Emily Condley
Whales, dolphins and porpoise are some of the most intelligent, beautiful and awe-inspiring animals on the planet, and ORCA believes...

2:00 pm - 2:20 pm Mythical Mapungubwe by Martin Taylor
Sponsored by South Africa Tourism Mapungubwe National Park, situated at the meeting points of South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana at the...

2:30 pm - 2:50 pm Birding in France: some great new ideas by Tony Williams
France is a very big country with many and varied natural or manmade habitats; Mediterannean salt-pans, high mountain tundra, high...

3:00 pm - 3:20 pm Wilder Futures – the threats facing Badger, Mole, Ratty and Toad in the 21st Century by Nikki Williams
Since we first met Kenneth Grahame’s beloved characters, Badger and friends, in 1908 the UK has become one of the...

3:30 pm - 3:50 pm Spectacular winter days and nights with the stunning birds of Hokkaido by Dora Zarzavatsaki
Located just south of the Kamchatka Peninsula and the Sea of Okhotsk, the island of Hokkaido is home to some...

4:00 pm - 4:20 pm Using mathematics to save our species by Natasha Ellison
We can predict the outcome of destroying habitats by modelling ecosystems using mathematics. Mathematical Ecology is a largely unknown area...

4:30 pm - 4:50 pm Birds of The Camargue by Jono Forgham
A seasoned visitor to The Camargue in the South of France, Jono will offer travelling advice, accommodation tips as well...