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
Talk: “Cairns Country with a Camera”2nd March 2021 at 7.30pm via Zoom
Speaker: Peter Allen This is an account of wildlife – birds, insects and plants – photographed on a trip to sub-tropical Queensland in 2018. It covers Cairns, the Atherton Tablelands, a Great Barrier Reef Cay and the tropical area of the Daintree
Talk: “Aotearoa (New Zealand)”16th March 2021 at 7.30pm by Zoom
Speaker: Mike Read The Photographer will be presenting Aotearoa which is the Maori name for New Zealand. These islands are home to some stunning wildlife. Because of its long isolation as an island group, many of the species occur nowhere else in the world. Penguins, Albatrosses and Dolphinsfeature around the coast while the almost primeval […]