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Subject to any current COVID-19 restrictions


Indoor Meetings (7:30pm Start unless otherwise stated) Field Trips

Saturday 19 September 2020

Willington GP

Leader: Richard Winspear Meet for an 7:30am start in Willington on Meadow Lane (Grid reference 305280) just off the B5008 before the River Trent as you drive towards Repton. This trip is aimed at peak migration time and should last two to three hours. Richard's mobile on the day: 07908 025121

Friday 25 September 2020

Online Webinar Meeting

Richard Winspear - "RSPB's Hope Farm Project, Twenty Years On"

Tuesday 20 October 2020

Online Zoom Meeting

Tony Davison - "Mongolia" [Replaces Joint Meeting with Carsington Bird Club]

CANCELLED because of the Lockdown SUNDAY 15 November 2020

Long Eaton GP

Leader: Clive Prescott (07469 966003) Meet at 8:00am End of Meadow Lane before turning onto Pasture Lane SK502328. A flat walk around one of the best sites in the south of the county

Friday 27 November 2020

Online Zoom Meeting

John Gardner - "The British Isles to the Friesian Isles"

Thursday 28 January 2021

Online Zoom Meeting

Neil Glenn - "Moroccan Spice - from the Atlas mountains to the Sahara Desert"

Saturday 1 February 2021

Wiches Oak Water (Aston-on-Trent GP)

Leader: Vic Bevan - Prior booking required as numbers strictly limited. Meet at the entrance to the site just off the westbound A50 at the gate open and you will directed to the parking area. Meet at 9.00a.m

Friday 26 February 2021

Online Zoom Meeting

Keith Offord - "Magical Merlins"

Saturday 6 March 2021 NOTE: 7:00pm start

Online Zoom Meeting

Mark Cocker - "The Oldest Lake in Europe - the birds and wildlife of Lake Prespa"

Prespa Lake is one of the oldest freshwater bodies in Europe and holds the world's largest colony of the globally-threatened Dalmatian pelican. It is also one of the continent's finest lake environments with huge numbers of breeding wetland birds. Yet somehow its location in the southern Balkans - encircled by mountains, and straddling the borders of three countries (Greece, Albania and Northern Macedonia) - has left the place on many peoples' wishlists but off their radars. Author Mark Cocker has been entranced by the place and visited annually for the last five years. His talk gives a survey of the glorious birdlife as well as the abundance of flowers, insects, reptiles and amphibians

Friday 26 March 2021

Online Zoom Meeting

AGM followed by "Members Evening". After the AGM we will have an opportunity for discussions about the Society or birding in general and/or short birding related presentations. Given the potentially chaotic nature of such Zoom activity, if there are any such issues which you would like raised or other contributions you wish to make could you please notify Paul Bingham (see contacts page) beforehand

Saturday 27 March 2021

Upper Derwentdale

Leader: Andrew Sherwin (01246 221070) Annual Goshawk hunting trip. Meet at 8:00am. Loads to see but expect it to be cold!

Date Saturday 28 March 2021

Cannock Chase

Leader: Barrie and Anita Staley - Meet at 7:45am in the MARQUIS DRIVE VISITOR CENTRE (SK003151) - DO NOT PAY to park as we will move car parks shortly afterwards. Target species are Woodlark, Raven, raptors, woodpeckers and possibly Crossbill. For more information contact: Barrie or Anita Staley 01283 567325 / 07889 800126 e-mail: barriestaley@outlook.com

Date TBD depending on lockdown but late April 2021

Drakelow Nature Reserve

Leader: "Syd" Garton - Meet 6:45pm for 7:00pm start An evening visit to watch the regular roosting birds arrive that spend the night on Drakelow NR

If attending please contact Syd in advance on 07879 947804 so you can be met at the main gate to the old Drakelow Power Station (grid ref: SK 229 191) at 18:45 and not be locked out (unless you are a permit holder, or already have the DWT gate number). The main gate is on the minor road between Walton-on-Trent and Stapenhill, near Burton-upon-Trent

Monday 12 April 2021

Online Zoom Meeting

Mark Sisson - "From Alaska to Argentina - Wildlife Through the Americas"

That's it for Indoor Meetings this season

Check back in September for the new season

Saturday 1 May 2021

Arnfield Reservoir and Swallows Wood

Leader: Peter Carefoot - Meet 8:15am for prompt 8:30am start Swallows Wood is a nature reserve north of Arnfield Reservoir bordering farmed moorland. The walk will take in some pastures through to Arnfield settlement and back to the fishery. Here the shop has toilets for the disabled and refreshments including excellent coffee. The walk will be a leisurely stroll of about 2 miles. Arnfield Reservoir and Swallows Wood are located on the edge of Tintwistle Village For more details contact Peter on 01457 238664 or petercarefoot@talktalk.net. Mobile on the day 07702 232518.

Sunday 2 May 2021

Whisby Nature Park LWT

Leader: Alan Wragg - Meet in the car park 7:20am for a prompt 7:30am start Whisby Nature Park lies on the south-western outskirts of Lincoln. Expect to see Nightingales and many spring warblers, The Park has brown tourist signs from the A46 Travel time from Derby is around one hour.

Date TBD but either Sunday 9 May 2021 or Sunday 16 May 2021

Coombes Valley RSPB

Leader: Deb Booler - Meet at 8:15am for a prompt 8:30am start at the Visitor Centre for a trip which will last roughly three hours. Coombes Valley RSPB Reserve is a delightful reserve set in mature oak woodland and in the spring it is an excellent place to see and hear Pied Flycatcher and Redstart

Note that the reserve has rough tracks and steep hills so please wear suitable footwear; toilets available in the Centre. For more information please contact Deb on debsbooler@hotmail.com or 07773 303834

Saturday 22 May 2021


Leader: Peter Carefoot - Meet 7.45am for a prompt 8:00am start The Crowden Caravan and Camp site car-park is on the busy Woodhead Road (A628) approximately 6 miles east of Glossop, Grid Ref SK073994.

For more details phone Peter on 01457 238664 or petercarefoot@talktalk.net. Mobile on the day Mobile 07702 232518 (reception in the area is poor)

That's it for Field Trips this season

Check back in September for the new season

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The 2020-2021 Indoor Meeting Programme

Covering the costs of indoor meetings by Zoom

Although online meetings by Zoom save on room hire, etc we will lose all the door receipts and quality speakers will still cost us money to book so in order to offset some of the losses we would suggest that if you enjoyed the meetings you make a donation to the DOS via the Donations button on the home page quick links section

COVID-19 measures

All indoor meetings organised by the DOS will be held online via Zoom until further notice. For any joint meetings not held online you must comply with current government COVID-19 advice e.g. stay 6ft from other people, wash your hands, use hand sanitiser and wear face coverings. For Field Trips attendees will be placed in a team of up to five with one leader. A maximum of two teams will be allowed per trip i.e. ten attendess and two leaders. You must obey all current government COVID-19 guidelines. Please bring hand sanitiser and face covering with you.


We are introducing a booking system for all meetings and trips to get advance warning of the number of attendees. We will be using Eventbrite and you will see a booking registration link under each event

How the Eventbrite Booking System works: Eventbrite is an online booking system. Register for a meeting and/or trip and you will receive an email confirmation with a red box marked "Clain Your Order", click the red box and you will be asked to create a password within Eventbrite (or enter it if you have one). You will then be taken to the Eventbrite page. For meetings held on line there will be a link on the right for you to click to go to the online event page. When you do this you will be invited to click the Zoom Meeting link to enter the meeting (do this within 5 minutes of the start time on the day). Eventbrite will send you a reminder email closer to the meeting

Zoom protocol: if you do not have a Zoom account, or never used it before, you will be asked to download the app to your system - do this. When you enter the meeting please do so with your camera on (of you have one) and microphone muted. The chairman will then tell you what to do. One of the the things is to click on an ask a question button which the chairman will see and invite you to turn on your microphone to ask it

Changes will be avoided if at all possible, but please note that the committee reserves the right to change the programmes due to unforeseen circumstances

DISCLAIMER: In attending any of our events you acknowledge that certain risks of injury are inherent in Field Trips. These types of injuries may be minor or serious and may result from your actions, or the actions or inaction of others, or a combination of both. You understand that Field Trips are designed for the safety and protection of the participants and hereby undertake to use care and watch out for yourself and others. You understand that a level of fitness and health (physical, mental and emotional) is required and that each person has a different capacity for participation


Some of the information given is preliminary so you can get the dates into your diaries and more information will be published later