Meetings

We meet in the Derby Room at Leigh Library. There is ample free car parking in the car park next to the Library (but please note that you do park at your own risk).

Meetings are on Fridays at 7:15pm for a 7:30pm start.  Everyone is welcome free of charge but a small donation to our funds from non-members would be gratefully accepted.

A varied programme of speakers and slideshows on wildlife subjects is organised, commencing in September running through to May each year, with usually about 10 presentations in total.

L.O.S. Meetings 2018-19 Programme

14th September 2018
L.O.S. Annual General Meeting followed by the second half of Dave Wilson's L.O.S. talk

"The L.O.S. and Future Options"
In part, a few thoughts on how the pioneer naturalists of yesterday would view the successes of the Society, and what the future might hold for us all

5th October 2018
"Wader Quest" by Rick and Ellis Simpson
For those who have not heard of Wader Quest this talk introduces the organisation through the beauty and diversity of the waders to be found around the world, some of which are quite surprising. Liberally scattered with stunning photos and information about the birds and some amusing personal anecdotes from Rick and Ellis' travels to see waders. It is both entertaining and informative while emphasising the acute crisis that is facing wader conservation and how we can all help to combat it.
2nd November 2018
"Kenya's Maasai Mara" by Ian Newton
Images from a twelve day trip in March 2015 to Kicheche Mara and Bush camps to experience a real tented safari, surrounded by all the game and birds of this iconic destination in what, for us, was one of THE trips of a lifetime. This talk includes lots of images of both animals and birds in equal numbers, plus landscapes sunrise/sunsets etc.

30th November 2018
Members and Friends' Social Evening – Venue to be confirmed

"Adventures in a Birdmobile" by Martyn Jones
Itineraries, maps and photos from where Martyn has been searching out birds in his old birdmobile during 2017 and 2018.
Following the presentation there will be the usual entertainment including a raffle, quiz and food will be served for a small charge. Prizes for the raffle will be gratefully accepted.

7th December 2018 
"Seaside Strolls and Species Seen" by Brian Anderson
The planet’s seashores provide uniquely rich wildlife habitats. Land birds, shorebirds, seabirds, sea mammals and lizards can all be seen feeding on the fish, insects, plants and crustaceans living in the littoral zone. This superbly illustrated talk features seashore species from 5 continents, including; penguins, seals, sealions, pelicans, herons, petrels, geese, albatrosses, walruses, iguanas, waders, gulls, skuas, crabs and raptors. Over 60 species are photographed by Brian on his seashore strolls in the High Arctic, the Equator and on Antarctica. This talk with its stunning images is a must see for beach bums and all lovers of nature. 

4th January 2019
The K&J Gallimore Memorial Meeting

"A Shot at Wildlife Images 2016" by Pauline and Ian Greenhalgh
This is the seventh in the series of 'A Shot at Wildlife Images' that Pauline and Ian have put together and it includes wonderful images of birds, mammals, fungi, insects, flowers and landscapes.

1st February 2019
"The Wonderful Wildlife of Islay and Jura" by David Shallcross
A compilation of images from three visits to the islands. Spring migrants, winter visitors, stunning scenery with some historical features past and present.

1st March 2019
"Humboldt" by Jeff Clarke


5th April 2019
"Eastern European Birding: Belarus and Hungary" by Dennis Atherton
This talk is split into two halves combining two different trips to Eastern Europe: May 2015 to Belarus and May 2018 to Hungary. Lots of great stories and superb birds from breeding time in Europe, the sounds of Cuckoos, to superb communal nesting Red-footed Falcons, to the amazing Azure Tit. Getting stuck in the mud in Hungary and possibly finding a new species - The Cuckoo Tern? Also, the most painful photograph I have ever taken, so bad I needed a doctor afterwards.
3rd May 2019
"Greater Manchester's hidden Wildlife" by David Winnard
Having grown up in Greater Manchester David has spent many years looking for wildlife around what people believe is a concrete jungle, this talk will show you what a wealth of species a land-locked county has to offer. From Mountain Hares in Oldham to the rare Golden Bootleg fungus in Wigan, this talk will get you to think twice about how important Manchester is for wildlife.

Guest Speakers: Should you wish to be invited to give an ornithological presentation to the Society please register your proposals and fees with our Programme Secretary Anne Johnson by email: leighos.progsec@gmail.com