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: Wilding of Knepp Estate5th February 2019 at 7.30pm
Speaker: Isabella Tree The Knepp project has become a leading light for conservation in the UK, demonstrating how letting nature take the driving seat can restore both the land its wildlife. The story of rewilding Knepp challenges conventional ideas about our past and present landscape and points the way to a wilder richer future – […]
Lecture: Birds of Poole Harbour including the Reintroduction of the Osprey Project19th February 2019 at 7.30pm
Speaker: Paul Moreton Paul Moreton, supported by Lush, is head of Birds of Poole Harbour. He is involved with attempts to reintroduce the Osprey to Southern England, and 2019 is going to be an interesting year, as the first chicks released 2 years ago in Poole, are due to return from Africa.
Lecture: Mysteries of Bird Migration9th March 2019 at 2.30pm
Speaker: Dominic Couzens As part of ‘Science Week’ with this year’s theme being ‘Journeys’, we welcome Dominic who has studied bird migration for 30 years. Dominic is a prolific author and columnist of British birds. He will include the most recent information about migration including using ringing and micro-chips.