Evening Indoor Meetings 2016 - 2017

The Society holds monthly indoor meetings for most of the year. Usually these are organised for the first Friday of each month. They are typically illustrated talks featuring a prominent local or national speaker.

Indoor meeting start at 20:00 at the Quaker Meeting House, 82 Rainsford Road, Chelmsford CM1 2QL.

Entrance for Members is £3.00, Non-members £4.00, charged on the door. Refreshments served during interval. Meetings start at 20:00 unless stated otherwise (i.e. AGM in March - 19:30). ‘Free’ car parking on site or one minute away next to the County Hotel.

Please note: To prevent damage to the polished wooden floor in the building ‘stiletto’ type high heel shoes and boots are not permitted in the Quaker Meeting House. Thank you for your understanding and co-operation.

Indoor Meeting Calendar 2016 - 2017

Date Title Presenter Description
Friday 2nd September 2016 DIGISCOPING, WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?  Paul Hacket

Paul Hackett has been digiscoping since 1998 and gives us an insight into how to get the best photographs by using your birding ‘scopes and binoculars. You are invited to come along and enjoy seeing just how easy it is to learn so much about this rewarding and growing hobby! 

Friday 7th October 2016 WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT THE HOUSE MARTINS? Dawn Balmer

Dawn Balmer from the BTO enlightens us about what we do and don’t know about House Martins. A species that nests on so many of our buildings and how the House Martin Survey will help plug an important gap in our knowledge.

Friday 4th November 2016 FIGHTING FOR BIRDS Mark Avery

Dr Mark Avery delivers a powerful talk about extinction! The Passenger Pigeon was the most numerous bird species on the planet just 50 years before it was driven to extinction! – How? Why? The Hen Harrier, our most beautiful bird of prey, is now the most persecuted bird in Britain! – How? Why?

PLEASE NOTE this meeting will be held at the TRINITY METHODIST CHURCH, Rainsford Road, Chelmsford, CM1 2XB

An excellent talk not to be missed

Friday 2nd December 2016 BIRDS AND WILDLIFE OF NORTHERN CYPRUS Steve Cale

Steve Cale, artist and tour leader has visited this area, including the Karpaz Peninsula, for many years to see the wealth of birds, reptiles, butterflies, insects and flowers which creates a superb Mediterranean Island. Join us for a photographic journey to this amazing land

Friday 6th January 2017 HONG KONG & TAIWAN  Graham Ekins

Graham Ekins returns with Mai Po passage waders such as Asian Dowitcher & Black-faced Spoonbill. Chinese mainland species of Collared Crow & Laughing Thrushes in Long Valley & Tai Po Kau Reserves. Taiwan endemics in the breath taking forest Reserves of Hehuanshan, Alishan & Dasyueshan. Plus the magical island of Lanyu for........ to discover more, come along and find out!

Friday 3rd February 2017 WILD SCOTLAND  Duncan Macdonald Duncan Macdonald, Speyside Holidays tour leader, brings us some splendid images of the delights of what can be found in the various parts of the Highlands of Scotland – Eagles, Ptarmigan, Capercaillie, Black Grouse, etc. 

Friday 3rd March 2017

19:30 start


followed by



Derek Howes


Derek Howes, tour leader and photographer, takes us on an epic journey down into the southern Atlantic Ocean to the Falkland Islands for the splendid wildlife found there including just a few Penguins!

Friday 7th April 2017 NORTHWEST YEAR Chris Galvin Chris Gavin shows us some of the delights of the Northwest with tens of thousands of winter Geese along with the best place in England to see Leach’s Petrels. The area may not attract the number of migrants and rarities of East Anglia, but this presentation documents with superb photographs just what is possible with a little effort in North West England and North Wales!