Orpington Field Club Talks Autumn 2018 and Winter 2019

Orpington Field Club – Autumn/Winter Talks – 2018/19

Five talks have been arranged for mainly the second Saturday afternoons from October to February at BEECHE, High Elms Country Park, Shire Lane, Farnborough, BR6 7JH. These will be between 1.30pm and 3.30pm giving members and visitors a chance to network! All visitors are  welcome, especially those from Bromley’s Friends Groups, Kent Wildlife Trust and Local RSPB members and anyone with an interest in natural history. Entrance is by a £3.00 donation which includes refreshments.


October 13th                            Kent’s Wild Year                             Simon Ginnaw

Simon makes a welcome return to show us more photographs included in his multi-media presentation.  His talk outlines his travels around Kent through the seasons looking at the county’s wildlife and landscapes.

November 17th                             20 Years of Nest-boxing                       Bob Francis

An illustrated talk about Bob’s 20 years experience of checking nest boxes of all type (Birds and Small Mammals) and being fascinated, horrified, surprised and sometimes puzzled by their contacts.

December 8th                                Urban Reserves                                    Alison Ruyter

A positive look at how nature can thrive in some of the places we least expect. The talk will be based mostly on some Kent Wildlife Trust Reserves.


January 12th        A Wildlife of Yellowstone National Park        Duncan Mc Donald

Duncan gave the Orpington Field Club a talk last year on his wildlife journeys through Europe. He is now making a welcome return. He has previously worked as a Countryside Ranger for the Highland Council within the Cairngorms National Park as well as being a guide for Speyside Wildlife. His passion for wildlife and conservation has taken him across the globe. His illustrated talk this time will outline his trips to the Yellowstone National Park, USA

February 9th           The Spanish Bluebell – Menace or Misunderstood     Fred Rumsey

Fred’s talk will firstly focus on what we know about the Bluebell (Hyacinthoids – non scripta) and related species and describe the research he was involved with aimed at addressing the alarmist claims which have been made about the imminent demise of our native Bluebell and the Spanish Bluebell’s introduction and spread.