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:

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 McGhie BSc MA AMA
Head of Collections and Curator of Zoology
Manchester Museum

L.O.S. Presentation - Friday 8th December 2017

Due to unforeseen circumstances there is now a change of date and topic from the one originally advertised on 1st December 2017Ian Newton will now be presenting a talk on Friday 8th December entitled:

"Ecuador, a Birding Heaven"

Ian's presentation, is about a trip to Northern Ecuador in January 2013 visiting many of the famous lodges, Tandyapa, Guango, San Isidro and Napo Wildlife Centre in the Amazon jungle. This talk is mainly images of birds including multi flash flight shots of some of the many hummingbirds seen, but much more besides.

We meet in the Derby Room upstairs at Leigh Library at around 7:15pm for a 7:30 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.

L.O.S. Fieldtrip to the Wigan Flashes - Sunday 3 December 2017

December's L.O.S. Fieldtrip to the Wigan Flashes is just about as local as it can be. There is a good chance of seeing Kingfishers, Goldeneye, Pochard and Willow Tits and we'll almost certainly hear the Cetti's Warbler even if we don't see it. Who knows, perhaps we'll even get a view of the Bittern which frequents the reed beds. 

Meet at Doctors Nook car park facing Leigh Library at 8am or at the entrance to the Flashes on Welham Road near to Hawkley Hall School on Carr Lane (WN3 5NY) at about 8:30am. Our first stop will be the Hawkley Hall Feeding Station. See you there!

L.O.S. Members and Friends' Evening - Friday 24th November 2017

Our annual Members and Friends' Social Evening will be held at Leigh Rugby Union Club, Hand Lane, Leigh WN7 3NA on Friday 24th November.

There will be a slideshow presentation by Anne Johnson and David Shallcross entitled:

"Costa Blanca - An L.O.S. Summer Fieldtrip"

There will also be the usual entertainment, a raffle and quiz and food will be served for a small charge. Any prizes for the raffle will be gratefully accepted.

Everyone is welcome and if you are coming please could you let Tony Bishop know via email:


Leigh Rotary Club Christmas Collections - 25 November to 20 December 2017

Leigh Rotary Club, a well-respected local charity who have given major support to both the L.O.S. Young Birders' Club and to the main society, need collectors to assist Santa in his rounds and at local supermarkets. The collections will be made from 25 November to 25 December.

Various dates are available (see link below), so if you can spare a little festive time please contact Rob Garner direct on 01925 764710 or 0773564850.

Leigh Rotary Club Christmas Collections Dates and Places (Facebook login needed)