Saturday 28th March 2009, 2.00pm – 5.30pm

Rothamsted Research, West Common, Harpenden, Herts

Birds in Towns and Cities
An afternoon meeting, with five illustrated talks highlighting how birds and birders are adapting to our increasingly urban environment;
Speakers include David Lindo – the Urban Birder

Open to all – everyone welcome - Adults £7, Concessions £5
Tickets only on sale at the door, but as demand is expected to be high you can reserve your ticket by telephone to Tim Hill on 07917 202729
or email – herts.naturalhistorysociety@ntlworld.com

Entry includes refreshments

Programme
2.00
Introduction and welcome – Ken Smith, Chairman of the Herts Bird Club

2.05 
Parakeets in Great Britain – 
Potential Impacts of Colourful Invaders. John Tayleur 
Two species of parakeet are already establishing populations in Hertfordshire – should we be pleased or concerned?
John Tayleur studied for both his BSc. in Zoology & Physiology and MSc. in Applied Ecology & Conservation at the University of East Anglia. He spent three years working for the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation, working on pink pigeons, mauritius kestrels and echo parakeets. John currently works at the British Trust for Ornithology.

2.50
The Decline of the Urban House Sparrow - causes and potential conservation measures Chris Orsman

The decline of urban house sparrows has become a major issue with the ‘Independent’ newspaper even offering a substantial prize for the first person to identify the cause.
Originally from Pembrokeshire, his ornithological research has taken him from monitoring seabirds in Wales, Shetland and Orkney, to habitat selection by wintering birds on Devon farmland, effects of predation on curlew productivity in Northern Ireland, and investigating song thrush declines on Essex farmland. Chris has been senior research assistant with the RSPB's London House Sparrow Project since its inception in 2004.

3.35 Tea/coffee and biscuits
Your chance to meet friends and visit the sales tables and displays.

4.00
Hertfordshire’s Birds in 2008 Joan Thompson

Find out more about the fantastic birds you saw or missed in 2008.
Joan is a keen county lister. She has been a member of the Herts Bird Club Committee since 1999 and has written the gulls to woodpeckers section and been photographic editor of the Bird Report since 1998. 

4.15
Herts Atlas Update Chris Dee

A review of progress, one year into the atlas project.
Chris Dee has been BTO Regional Representative for Hertfordshire since 1993. In this role he has organised survey work, including managing the introduction and growth of the BTO/RSPB/JNCC Breeding Bird Survey. In preparation for the new county bird atlas he has designed and developed the Hertfordshire Bird Atlas website www.hertsatlas.org.uk

4.45
The Urban Birder David Lindo

David Lindo is The Urban Birder –the variety of birds to be found in the urban environment never ceases to amaze. 
A broadcaster and writer, he appeared on Springwatch in 2006 where he took viewers around his ‘garden’, Wormwood Scrubs, in west London. He is now a regular natural history presenter on the BBC1’s primetime hit The One Show. He also writes for several publications including Bird Watching Magazine and the RSPB’s members magazine ‘Birds’ and is writing his first book. See www.theurbanbirder.com 

5.30
Summing up and close – Ken Smith