Tuesday, 7 March 2017

EVENTS 2017

INDOOR MEETINGS: We meet in the Carrington Room at Risborough Community Centre (HP29 9AX) from 7.30pm. The meeting will commence at 8pm followed by refreshments. Non members and visitors are most welcome (admission fee £3). Contact Francis Gomme on 01844 274865 or francisgomme@aol.com for further details.

NEXT EVENTS...
Tuesday 4th April 2017
INDOOR MEETING
The Countryside in Spring John Tyler returns with another stunning wildlife slideshow
(see February 7th  for venue details and time)

Friday April 21st 2017   NOTE DATE CHANGE
GUIDED WALK
Looking at spring wildlife and some history in a local nature reserve.
BOOKING ESSENTIAL 

Tuesday 2nd May 2017
INDOOR MEETING
AGM followed by Southern Africa in the back of a lorry! ….
another Steve Jeanes adventure.    

Friday 5th May 2017
GUIDED WALK
Early summer songbirds and flora at a local nature reserve.
BOOKING ESSENTIAL 

Oct 3rd            INDOOR MEETING    
Oct 6th            WILDLIFE & HISTORY GUIDED WALK
Nov 7th            INDOOR MEETING     
Nov 10th         WILDLIFE & HISTORY GUIDED WALK
December 5th INDOOR MEETING    
Dec 8th           WILDLIFE & HISTORY GUIDED WALK

Each walk commences at the Mount Car Park, Princes Risborough at 9.30am. Usually we then drive to the local start point, returning by 1pm. Lifts can be provided. BOOKING ESSENTIAL. Contact Francis Gomme at francisgomme@aol.com or 01844 274865

The Risborough Countryside Group offers a programme of local history and wildlife talks at the Community Centre from October to May plus guided countryside walks throughout the year exploring local heritage and wildlife. We present the annual Risborough Festival Heritage and Countryside exhibition each July in partnership with PRAHS and many members are actively involved in voluntary conservation work on local reserves. Our thriving archaeology section delivers a wide ranging programme of practical archaeology ranging from field walking and surveying to site excavation, using the latest technology that is telling us so much about our local landscape and particularly the imprint of prehistoric peoples and the Romans.
Contact Francis Gomme on 01844 274865 or francisgomme@aol.com for further details



Monday, 13 April 2015

Risborough raptors

Grangelands and the Rifle Range are the place to be at the moment for local raptors. On a visit on Thursday a pair of displaying Buzzards, two Sparrowhawks, Kestrels and numerous Kites could be seen simultaneously, all enjoying the warm thermals over Pulpit Hill.

And joining the party was a Raven who I also encountered later as it foraged on the open slopes back towards Cadsden.

Raven
Raven

Friday, 10 April 2015

College Lake

Our Wildlife Trust's College Lake reserve is another great place for spring wildlife. On Wednesday the site was alive with insects and early flowers, and Goat Willow and Blackthorn blossom decorated the lake edges.

A whistling signalled a pair of Kingfisher playing chase, flying furiously back and forth across the water, pausing briefly in Alders, their fire red and electric blue plumage alternating as they turned in the sun. Below on the waters edge, pairs of Snipe paddled together watched by nesting Lapwings and a pair of Oystercatchers. Early Swallows skimmed the lakes while Reed Buntings worked through the cliff top scrub.
Go there soon!
Snipe jpeg
Snipe

At nearby Ivinghoe Beacon the Pasque flowers have yet to show in this slightly delayed start to spring but Chiffchaffs and a Garden Warber herald the future!

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Spring in Bix Bottom

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Mezereon

Bix Bottom in the southern Chilterns, managed by BBOWT as the Warburg  Reserve, is  a spectacular valley at any time of year but comes to life in Spring.  On Monday we were rewarded with a 'drumming' Treecreeper opening up a nest hole, very active and obliging Marsh Tits and the early flowering but rather scarce Wild Daphne or Mezereon chalk shrub. Primroses and violets are at their best and butterflies were numerous. 
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Treecreeper

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Brimstone nectaring on Primrose
Marsh Tit jpeg
Marsh Tit

Monday, 30 March 2015

Stonechats

Stonechats winter in open areas of the Chilterns, favouring farmland and commons. The open landscape around Lodge Hill, south of Princes Risborough, has supported many of these birds this winter. They will now be heading to their breeding grounds mainly in Wales and northern England

Stonechat jpg

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Leaving it late!

Our winter resident male Blackcap continues to visit our feeders and is also patial to stale cake, an unexpected trait but one that is recorded widely! He surely must head back to northern Europe soon before his African cousins arrive?


Blackcap

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

First signs...

Corn Buntings and Skylarks singing in fields around Lodge Hill today and an early Chiffchaff in trees on the south side. Clusters of vivid Coltsfoots too plus the first Wood Anemones. Spring is just around the corner!