Take to the skies…
Our ornithology collections consist of more than 300 mounted and stuffed specimens, cabinets holding egg collections and bird skulls.
Lectures relating to birds and their activities occur approximately 10 times a year. Recent topics have included the birds of Tibet, of SE Asia and of New Zealand, as well as the Peregrine Falcons nesting locally.
The Museum Room is dominated by a magnificent Osprey. This was shot by the Earl of Malmesbury on his Avon Estate in September 1822. Indeed, many of our finest exhibits came from the “Shooting Earl’s” private collection.
The Library contains a wide selection of Ornithology books, magazines and CDs. It is open as a Reading Room and Members’ Lending Library each Tuesday morning, and for an hour before each of our twice-weekly lectures.
Upcoming Birds events
Lecture: Dorset and Hampshire’s Special Birds11th November 2017 at 2.30pm
Speaker: Keith Betton Keith is deputy-President of the BTO, has appeared over 1,000 times on television, has just passed the 8,000 mark of birds species seen worldwide, but his real passion are the local birds of Dorset and Hampshire, where he is the county recorder and leader of the 1600 members of Hampshire Ornithological Society.