Calendar of our meetings, events and activities

     

    Our Indoor Meetings (IMs) are held at 7-30 pm at the Lyttelton Rooms, Church
    Street, Great Malvern WR14 2AY, next to the Priory Church. Entrance fee: adults £2.50, children no charge, including refreshments. Everyone is very welcome,
    including non-WWT members. For more details about the talks, contact Alison Uren on 01684 567819. For reports of previous Indoor Meetings, click here.

    Our Outdoor Meetings (OMs) are held on a regular basis throughout the year. For details or to arrange a lift, contact Margaret Vernon 01684 565079 (walks); Carol Bradley (ambling group outings) on 01886 884372/ 07929 091814; or e-mail malverngroup@live.co.uk.

    Details/booking form for all planned trips in 2017 can be found by clicking here.         

    2017

    Tuesday 22nd August  Ambling Group walk, 2pm.

    More details including venue etc. will be e-mailed near the time to those on the group e-mailing list, or contact Carol (details above).

    Thursday 7th September  IM  Islands of the South Atlantic. Talk by Margaret Vernon.

    Margaret is a keen naturalist and is Vice-Chairman of the WWT Malvern Group. After her fifth visit to the South Atlantic she presents a sequel to her 2013 talk on the Falkland Islands, this time including Ascension Island and St Helena. She will include fascinating insights into the lives of the people in these far-flung British territories, as well as an appreciation of the birds and other wildlife found on the islands. 

    Monday 11th September  Ambling Group walk, 2pm.

    More details including venue etc. will be e-mailed near the time to those on the group e-mailing list, or contact Carol (details above).

    Thursday 5th October  IM   The migration of birds. Talk by Paul Stancliffe.

    Paul is the Media Manager for the British Trust for Ornithology, and will give an illustrated talk on the astonishing feats of migrating birds. Which birds migrate and why? How far do they go? How many of them make it there and back? These and many other intriguing questions will be addressed this evening.

    Thursday 12th October  Ambling Group walk, 10am.

    More details including venue etc. will be e-mailed near the time to those on the group e-mailing list, or contact Carol (details above).

    Thursday 2nd November  IM  The restoration of Blackhouse Wood. Talk by Dominique Cragg (WWT Central Reserves Manager).

    Since the purchase of Blackhouse Wood, Suckley, in 2015, there has been considerable restoration work on this ancient woodland, and much more is planned. Community engagement has been encouraged by the involvement of work parties, and volunteers have been monitoring several newly installed camera traps. This talk will explain what is being done and the exciting plans for the future.

    Thursday 7th December  IM  A flutter in the Hills - the butterflies of theMalvern Hills. Talk by Mel Mason.

    Mel is the West Midlands Butterfly Conservation representative and Malvern Butterfly Group Recorder. With the support of 10 transect recorders and over 40 casual recorders in the Malvern Butterfly Group, he monitors the fluctuations in the occurrence of the 32 local species of butterfly. Using many detailed images, the talk will cover aspects of their lifecycles and the effects of climate, migration, parasites and habitat management. Special mention will be made of the grayling, the rarest butterfly in Worcestershire.

     Saturday 9th December  Minibus trip:  RSPB Ynis-Hir and starling roost at Aberystwyth Pier.

    The first part of the day will be spent at Ynis-Hir reserve, where large numbers of ducks, geese and wading birds should be seen. Peregrine, red kite and hen harrier may be present too. There is a visitor centre at the reserve and a number of hides. We will then move on to Aberystwyth to see the starling murmuration over the pier. We will finish our trip with a pub meal (optional, not included in the fare). Cost £14 (+£5 for non RSPB members). Pick up: Malvern Splash at 7.30 am, take a packed lunch. Limit 16, so booking is essential.  PHONE MARGARET on 01684 565079; PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THE MALVERNGROUP).