Sunday, 16 December 2018

The RSPB’s natural secrets

ONE of the RSPB’s longest- serving staff members will be visiting us early this month to give a talk entitled “The RSPB’s natural secrets”, a presentation using unique material from the RSPB archives as well as his own observations.

Peter Holden MBE has authored or co-written more than a dozen books which together have sold more than a million copies and he has co-presented with Bill Oddie the BBC TV series Birds in the Nest.

Peter runs courses on birds and wildlife for Cambridge University’s Institute of Continuous Learning at Madingley Hall.

His talk will take place on Tuesday (January 10) at Pangbourne village hall, beginning at 8pm and will be hosted by the Reading RSPB Group.

Dr Peter Spillett, chairman of the group, is very keen to attract as many people as possible to the event.

He says: “Peter Holden is something of a legend within RSPB circles and his presentations are always hugely entertaining and informative.

“We would like anyone with an interest in wildlife to come along, whether or not they are a member of the RSPB. Everyone is very welcome.”

Mr Holden said: “I am very much looking forward to my visit.

“Among other things, I will look at the very first RSPB reserve and I will be considering why these places are called nature reserves and not bird reserves.

“I will also be dipping into the RSPB film archive for three short gems the RSPB is so good at making and I will be including some stories from the reserves that are not generally known.”

He has also posed some teasers for members of the audience that will be answered during the talk:

Where was the first RSPB reserve?

How did the RSPB use pebbles to fund its early
conservation?

Where is the RSPB reserve bought by children?

Who is winning the million-year-old “arms race” between bats and moths?

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