It’s time to put away the sum­mer wildlife gear

Come and meet wildlife en­thu­si­asts to ex­plore the nat­u­ral world in Bucks and be­yond, writes RICHARD BIRCH from the Chilterns Group of vol­un­teers at the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust

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IT is all change in the nat­u­ral world as au­tumn colours trans­form the Chilterns land­scape into glo­ri­ous shades of gold, bronze and scar­let.

So it's time to put away the sum­mer gear and dis­cover na­tive and ex­otic wildlife with like-minded folk at your lo­cal Wildlife Trust.

The win­ter pro­gramme of talks at Great Mis­senden, or­gan­ised by the Chilterns Group of the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust, is the ideal op­por­tu­nity for get­ting out and broad­en­ing the mind. Ad­mis­sion is just £3, in­clud­ing re­fresh­ments, and you can en­joy out­stand­ing speak­ers over the next three months.

On Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 20, lead­ing Bucks nat­u­ral­ist Martin Har­vey of the Open Univer­sity will give us the in­side story of what is go­ing on un­der the bark of an­cient trees, home to myr­iad and lit­tle-seen in­ver­te­brates, in Bring­ing Dead Trees To Life. You will be amazed at the pop­u­la­tions of crea­tures that live in old logs and branches, tree stumps and dead stand­ing trees.

The Big­gest Twitch cou­ple, Alan Davies and Ruth Miller, have been in far-flung places re­search­ing their latest talk 'Galapagos: In the Foot­steps of Dar­win'.

Their ac­count is sure to give us an ex­cel­lent evening on Tues­day, Novem­ber 17 as they de­scribe their trip to the is­lands that inspired the the­ory of nat­u­ral se­lec­tion.

TALK­ING BUT­TER­FLIES: (Clock­wise from above) To­mares ro­manovi but­ter­fly, black-veined white but­ter­flies and the car­di­nal frit­il­lary but­ter­fly may be in­cluded in a talk by Mick Jones

Mick Jones, the war­den at the Wildlife Trust's Dancersend na­ture re­serve, near Wen­dover, has been trav­el­ling too, and I'm look­ing for­ward to his talk Chas­ing But­ter­flies from the Chilterns to the Cau­ca­sus on Tues­day, De­cem­ber 15.

If you want to keep in touch with Mick, who seems to dis­cover wildlife wher­ever he goes, you will find him on Twit­ter @ mick­jones9.

Look­ing ahead to the New Year, we'll have talks about the elu­sive wa­ter vole, We­ston Turville Reser­voir and the mys­ter­ies of the Bor­neo rain­for­est, with speak­ers in­clud­ing lo­cal Wildlife Trust ex­perts and Tim Cock­er­ill, who is in­creas­ingly well known for his tele­vi­sion ap­pear­ances.

All the talks start at 7.45pm in the friendly at­mos­phere of the Great Mis­senden Me­mo­rial Cen­tre, off Link Road. The post­code is HP16 9AE and on­site park­ing is free. For more in­for­ma­tion go to www.

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