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How did it all start?

What made me start watching and caring for birds.

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DROWNED RAT

Coach Trip to Bempton

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Almost Out of Puff

Our Group Weekend May '14.

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A Birding Trip to Mallorca

In the footsteps of the Goodwins

 

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A Look Back

A review of past RSPB Holidays.

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Bogey Bird

All is not lost....

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Will's Quest

A follow up from Wills article last year.

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A stranger comes to Town

Glossy Ibis arrives at Lowdham

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St Anns Allotments

Bird Survey

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Wot no boots!

An RSPB adventure

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When I'm 94

You don't have to go far to see birds.

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A poem by Tommy Longmoor aged 8

Tommy and his mum go on all our monthly outings and we are pleased he gets so much out of the trips.

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Brickbats and Bouquets

Birds Magazine.

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Waxwings

Just by chance.

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I don't do foreign parts.

British holidays were enough for me!

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SAVE OUR STARLINGS

Noticable decline in Starlings.

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200 up

My Quest

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Lost Focus ( A response from the RSPB)Also a letter from a member.

On a recent holiday....

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Choughed to bits!

   Our Four Day Birding Trip in Wales.

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Norfolk Holiday

With a two week holiday in Norfolk we tried to plan where we would go in those two weeks. Should we go to Titchwell or not ? See why...

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Blow, blow, thou spring wind!

This adaptation of Shakespeare’s phrase from ‘As you like it’ sums up the conditions in the Outer Hebrides this May. It was 7.30 in the morning as Keith and I sat in the queue of vehicles waiting to board the Caledonian Macbrayne ferry from Oban to Barra.

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You'll never guess what I saw!

It’s amazing how many times you hear this when you are a bird watcher.

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Where the Cider Apples Grow

Those of you old enough to recognise the advert from which the title comes will realise that the Nottingham RSPB weekend this year was to Somerset, centred on Weston-Super-Mare. A record number of members climbed aboard the coach and, with Jim in the driving seat, headed south west.

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Big Garden Bird Watch: Nottinghamshire 2011

The results of the Big Garden Bird Watch are out!

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Bird of the Month for February 2011

A Long-tailed Tit! Perfect.  Not only good to look at but a true fighter.

Strumpshaw in July

Showing the variety of species at Strumpshaw

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Nest Boxes

FOR SALE

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Tales of Owls, Swots and School Days.

Carl writes about his start in birdwatching

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Bring me Sunshine

This was the fervent hope of 40 members

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A first for Nottinghamshire

A pair of Marsh Harriers have bred for the first time in Nottinghamshire.

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Owling Success

Its funny how things happen sometimes.

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Bird of the Day?

Every month on the coach we do a 'Bird of the Day'.

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Nottinghamshire Big Garden Birdwatch Results For 2010

After sifting through half a million people's reports on more than 8 million birds, the figures for this year's Big Garden Bird Watch have been released!

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Bliss in Botswana

Val goes on the wildlife holiday of a lifetime to Botswana...

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Birds of the Month

Arrival of Scandinavian Thrushes around the city.

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Mrs. Goodwin's Ramblers Go West

Spring is the time when we look for birds on their annual migration so it was no surprise to see forty migrants from Nottingham RSPB making their annual journey. Having a poor sense of direction means that their migration route varies from year to year and this year saw them heading for Tenby.

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Record RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch Results

One of the prettiest and daintiest birds, the long-tailed tit, is storming gardens according to this year's record-breaking RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch.

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My Kingdom for a Mistle Thrush!

Paul recounts the events of the 2008 Bird Race

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My Local Patch

Dave's recent newsletter article about birdwatching in your local area.

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Birding In Xanadu

Stephen Wilkinson tells us about his birding tour around Mongolia

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Return of the Twitch

A look back at a story by Paul Daft about the 2007 birding weekend in Devon.

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It Could Be You!

We won the lottery! Or at least, lottery funding.

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Gadding with the Goodwins

Graham learns he has to eat quickly to keep up with the Goodwins...

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Big Garden Birdwatch on the Radio

BBC Radio Nottingham interview about the Big Garden Birdwatch.

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Golden Charmers

The quest for Gold[finches] in the garden!

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Welcome to Wales

Paul reports on the spring weekend in Wales.

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Desperate Dan Does Dorset

Desperate Dan, Olive Oyl, Popeye, Mr. Magoo, the Bash Street Kids, Minnie the Minx and Officer Dibble set off to Bournemouth

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15 Minutes of Fame

A quick update on Dave's appearance on local radio.

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The Adventures of Nott the Hoopoes

Stuart Taylor's view of the May 2004 Birdrace

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Bird Race 2004

This year is the Group‘s 30th Anniversary and we have decided to attempt to raise £10,000 towards the new Beckingham Marshes reserve in North Nottinghamshire. One of the ways we hoped to raise the money was by a bird race. As no other teams entered we decided to go it alone.  The team consisted of Andrew Griffin, Group Leader and driver, Stuart Taylor, former outings organiser, now itinerant RSPB warden, Stephen Wilkinson, group member and good birder and myself Dave Goodwin, outings organiser and scribe for the day. What follows is as best as I remember it, the trials of the big day.

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Nottinghamshire's Top Ten Garden Birds

A quick list of the most common garden birds in Notts, according to the latest survey results...

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Raised Brows at Christmas

Dave writes about the Christmas 'Tinsel' Walk

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Andy, Mandy (and thirty five others) Go Mad in Devon

Autumn Weekend Trip, 2003

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Langford Update

An update on the progress being made on the Langford Lowfields reserve.

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An Owling Success

An unusual hitchiker picked up in Wales

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Majorca

Dave's account of birdwatching in Spain

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Pink Footed Paradise

"Chief Ticking List" Paul Daft's account of the Autumn Weekend Trip, 2001

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The Goodwins go to Egypt

The Goodwin family take a trip to Egypt - but would Dave find any birds...?

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RSPB: Bitterns

Calling All Bitterns: Numbers Still Dangerously Low

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Rutland: Ospreys Update

Anglian Water Osprey Project

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Rough Legged Buzzard Twitch

Newspaper report taken from the Newark Advertiser, by kind permission.

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A Crane at Stoke Bardolf

A Common Crane drops in on one of Nottingham's more fragrant locations...

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A What?!

Tim enjoys photographing a rarity

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A Squacco Heron Visits Nottingham

A real rarity turns up in Nottingham.

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A Little Bit of History

Dave wears a tie.  And meets Bill Oddie as the RSPB, Tarmac Heavy Building Materials UK Ltd, and Trinity College Cambridge put pen to paper to bring Langford Lowfields nature reserve a step closer.

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Voling Up North

Stuart's account of a fortnight spent up at Loch Garten as a voluntary warden.

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The Plight of Farmland Birds

Many of the species of birds we once thought of as common are in decline in a big way. Dave takes a look at what can be done.

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RSPB: Keep An Ear Out For A Crake

As part of a new survey of the UK's Corncrakes, the general public are being asked to listen for their distinctive song.

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Lake Vyrnwy

A well supported trip to this Welsh reservoir.

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Titchwell Field Trip

A trip to Norfolk after people had told us "there are no birds at Titchwell" - this archive article shows how much things have changed!

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RSPB: Thrushes

New Threat To UK's Favourite Birds?

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Red Kite (Milvus milvus)

Ros tells us about the reintroduction of this once-numerous scavenger.

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YOC: Follow the Swallow

The YOC need YOUR help

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BBC Radio Nottingham interview

Stuart Taylor and Dave Goodwin talk to BBC Radio Nottingham.

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RSPB: Cetti's Warbler

Warbling Colonist's Success

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Rutland Water

Our "Own Car" trip to Rutland Water

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Notts Boost for Bittern

Newspaper report from the Nottingham Evening Post, December 1997

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How to Lure the Birds

Millions of Britons will enjoy feeding birds in their gardens this winter. Here, the experts tell MARK PATTERSON about the rights and wrongs of looking after your feathered visitors in the cold months ahead.

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Outings Organisers Caught in Police Raid!

Contestants in the Great Notts Birdrace of 1997 fall foul of the law...