The L.O.S. '12 Birding Months of 2017' Photo Album

Why not have a look at our excellent L.O.S. '12 Birding Months of 2017' photo album on Facebook here:

The 12 Birding Months of 2017

Probably the best way to view them is to click the above link and scroll through the photo thumbnails. From here any photo can be clicked to to enlarge it if required.

Unfortunately, you will need to be logged in to Facebook to see them I'm afraid, so if you're not a member yet why not try it out by joining now - it's free.

From Boxing Day onwards over the 12 Days of Christmas, some members of the L.O.S. Nature Photography group on Facebook submitted one photograph per month from 2017.

Then, on 12th Night (6th January 2018) these were compiled into a single album so that they could be viewed as a whole.

UPDATE: https://youtu.be/F1StFupy1vM

I've just made the above video slideshow of the photos with a bit of music. Please don't sit down to watch this as it's over 20 minutes long. Put it on your computer when you're doing something else, turn the sound on to enjoy the music and you can just look up now and then and see some great bird photos .


L.O.S. Presentation - Friday 5th January 2018


This is the premier showing and the sixth in the series of 'A Shot at Wildlife' presentations by Pauline and Ian Greenhalgh. As with the previous five presentations it includes their favourite images of British wildlife photographed during 2015 including birds, mammals, flora, insects and fungi.

We meet around 7:15pm for a 7:30pm start. Do come and join us, bring a friend, become a member. Just ask one of us on the door for information on how to join.

PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES THERE IS A CHANGE OF VENUE FOR JUST THIS PRESENTATION

It will be held at:

Chowbent Unitarian Chapel
Alder Fold Street,
off Bolton Old Road,
Atherton
M46 9DS


There is parking close to the hall for 15 cars, plus street parking around the Chapel and hall.
There is disabled persons access and toilet facilities

NORMAL SERVICE AT LEIGH LIBRARY WILL BE RESUMED IN FEBRUARY 2018.


Friday 5th January 2018

PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE IS A CHANGE FROM OUR NORMAL VENUE 
FOR THE PRESENTATION ON FRIDAY 5th OF JANUARY 2018

Unfortunately Wigan Council have found it necessary to close Leigh Library for the first week in January for repairs to heating. This means the LOS will be unable to hold their presentation there on 5th January. The presentation will now be held at Chowbent Unitarian Chapel in Atherton as shown on the map below. The presentation will be in the hall next to the chapel. 








NORMAL SERVICE AT LEIGH LIBRARY WILL BE RESUMED IN FEBRUARY 2018.

LOS Pennington Flash Volunteers - 18th December 2017

Thank you to the 13 volunteers who called in today, litter picking, cleaning seed feeders, planting Bluebells and Wild Garlic, spreading bark chippings and erecting fencing. 👷‍♀️🔨⛏️🔧









Henry Dresser and Victorian Ornithology: Birds, Books and Business

Henry McGhie, who some L.O.S. members met on a recent trip to Manchester Museum, has written a new book about the museum's main bird collector entitled:

Henry Dresser and Victorian Ornithology: Birds, Books and Business

It's due for publication on 30 November 2017 by the Manchester University Press:
http://www.manchesteruniversitypress.co.uk/9781784994136/

Henry wrote this post about it on the Manchester Birding Forum:
I’ve written a book about Manchester Museum’s main bird collector (Henry Dresser), one of the most important ornithologists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries , and used his life to explore transformations in scientific society and the whole collecting endeavour, from wealthy people in the west to a vast variety of lighthouse keepers, travellers, speculators and explorers farther afield. I saw the first hard copy yesterday and it looks really nice, if I say so myself.

The book will be launched in the beautiful John Rylands Historic Reading Room at 6pm on 30th November, with a very short talk from me, and no need to book in advance. I’d be very grateful if you could forward this date to your contacts, as it would be great to see as many people there as possible; I’ll be signing copies for anyone who wants one (don’t feel obliged).
 
The book would make a nice Christmas present for anyone interested in natural history, beautiful 19th century illustrated books, history, travel and exploration, or who is really fond of museums (especially Manchester Museum).

Of course, everyone is very welcome to come along. Some of you will know a lot of the story already, as I’ve talked more or less endlessly about it for years, but it was a lot of fun to write.
I hope you can come along.
Best wishes,
Henry
Henry McGhie BSc MA AMA
Head of Collections and Curator of Zoology
Manchester Museum