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
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. bbowt.org.uk/whats-on.