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Walks and Talks - Nature Talks

posted 26 Jan 2017, 07:31 by Sue Bamblett   [ updated 23 Apr 2017, 02:04 ]

Attend our fascinating talks (you never know what may happen…) 

It was at this point that the sensation of the evening arose – a sensation so dramatic that it can never have been paralleled in the history of scientific gatherings…. All sound had hushed in the audience and everyone was absorbed in the spectacle before them.

(Extract from The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle)

'Ashdown Forest: Through the Lens'

Wednesday 3rd May Time: 2.30 - 3.30 pm (free event)
Venue: Crowborough Community Centre
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A photographic presentation by well-known local photographer, Dave Brooker. Fine images of Ashdown Forest, plus practical photographic advice and discussion.

‘Lost Birds & Lost Worlds’

Thursday 4th May Time: 7.30 – 9pm (free event)
Venue: Millbrook Garden Centre, Loft Room
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An illustrated talk by Michael Blencowe telling the story of extinct birds, heroic naturalists, whistling Maoris, Hawaiian Kings and feather thieves. Join Michael on his search for the beautiful Huia, the clumsy Spectacled Cormorant and other lost birds we’ll never see 

Professor Challenger… stopped suddenly and pointed excitedly to the right. As he did so we saw, at a distance of a mile or so, something which appeared to be a huge gray bird flap slowly up from the ground and skim smoothly off, flying very low and straight, until it was lost among the tree-ferns.

“Did you see it?” cried Challenger, in exultation. “Summerlee, did you see it?”

His colleague was staring at the spot where the creature had disappeared.

“What do you claim that it was?” he asked.

“To the best of my belief, a pterodactyl.”

(Extract from The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle)

Richard Jefferies: Man of Nature

Thursday 11th May Time:  
2.30 - 3.30 pm (free event)
Venue: Millbrook Garden Centre, Loft Room 
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‘The voice of the cuckoo in his season travels on the zephyr, and the note comes to the most distant hill, and deep into the deepest wood.’

(Extract from Field and Hedgerow – last essays by Richard Jefferies)

Richard Jefferies (1848 – 1887) is best known for his writings about nature and the countryside. In 1885, he moved to Crowborough because of its reputation as a health resort. In failing health at this time, he stayed first at Jarvis Brook and later at The Downs, London Road. Some of his most beautiful essays were written during his stay.

Speaker: John Price, Chairman of the Richard Jefferies Society

 ‘Broadwater Warren - How To Make A Nature Reserve’ 

Thursday 25th May Time 2.30 - 4.00 pm including interval (free event)
Venue: Millbrook Garden Centre, Loft Room 
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Join Alan Loweth, of the RSPB for a talk on the RSPB’s Broadwater Warren nature reserve which is 10 years old this year. 

Broadwater Warren is set in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Beauty near to Royal Tunbridge Wells. Since the RSPB took over the reserve in 2007, major restoration works have taken place as part of a ten year project to return the Broadwater to its historic habitat of centuries ago: a wildlife
-rich mosaic of heathland and native woodland.

Threatened bird species like woodlark and nightjar have returned to the site, along with adders, bumblebees and butterflies. The pond is now a haven for dragonflies and frogs, visited by a kingfisher and heron, and the woodlands are being managed for vulnerable species like marsh tit and dormouse.

More information about Broadwater Warren may be found on the following link: