Diary date: 2019 Autumn Meeting

The famous windmill at Cley. Photo courtesy Palmiped

The OBC Autumn Meeting, incorporating the 35th AGM, will be held on Saturday 21st September 2019 in Cley Village Hall, Norfolk, UK.

The address for the village hall is The Fairstead, Cley next the Sea, Holt, Norfolk NR25 7RJ. If coming by car, please try and share lifts. There is lots of parking at the village hall. By public transport, the nearest railway station is Sheringham from where the Coast Hopper bus will take you to Cley.

Programme
10.30 Doors open
We’ll be serving tea, coffee and homemade cakes

11.00 Welcome and opening remarks
John Gregory, Chair of OBC

11.15 An update on the political situation in China and what this means for conservation
Terry Townshend
Terry is ‘our man in Beijing’. He’ll give a current perspective on China. Many of you will have seen his amazing footage from the Valley of the Cats earlier this year

11.45 Annual General Meeting
This is where you get to tell us how we are doing as a Council for your Club. Please come prepared to ask questions. The 35th Annual General Meeting Agenda.

12.15 Lunch (featuring Dick Philby’s famous curry!)
For many years Dick and his curry were a key feature of the OBC AGM. By popular demand we’ve managed to lure him back to prepare a culinary sensation—please ensure that you diet for a few days beforehand!

During lunch there will be an opportunity to buy books from Wildsounds.

1.15 Mongolian Cuckoos, where will they go next?
Chris Hewson
OBC is helping to fund a radio-tagging project for cuckoos in Mongolia. Many of you will remember the trials and tribulations of Flappy McFlapperty – he managed to get all the way to Africa. Chris will give us all a brief update on this follow up project. Chris is a BTO project officer.

1.45 Birding in little known Inner Mongolia
Terry Townshend
Terry likes to go off-track! He will take us to some areas where birders do not often go but where wildlife is flourishing.

2.15. OBC Prize Draw
We raise £500 each year through our raffle—thanks to everyone for their support! We’ll be asking our speakers to draw the winning tickets

2.25 Afternoon tea break

2.45 What’s hot in SE Asia – an overview of conservation efforts
Ding Li Yong
Ding Li will be elected to the OBC Council at this meeting. We are proud to welcome him as our first ever Council Member from the region. Ding Li works for BirdLife International and is based in Singapore.

3.15 Asian Songbird Crisis – an overview of the issue and the conservation efforts to resolve it
Professor Stu Marsden
Based at Manchester Metropolitan University, Stu is a long-time member of the OBC, recipient of several small grants and is now driving work on the songbird crisis. He will update us on the latest situation and concerted efforts to improve the situation.

3.45 Extreme Birding – the Seram Thrush Trek
Ashley Banwell
Ashley is an intrepid world birder but what you might not know is that he is also a leading authority on Hawfinches and Willow Tits and is doing inspirational work locally in Norfolk. Ashley recently hoodwinked the OBC Chairman into accompanying him on a never to be forgotten trip to see the little known Seram Thrush and recently described Seram Masked Owl…

4.15 Closing remarks by the Chair and day raffle draw

4.30 Meeting closes

See you there!
Minutes of the 34th AGM, held in September 2018.

OBC AGM to be held in Cley

Cley Mill © Andrew Dunn / CC 2.0

Advance notice that the Oriental Bird Club’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday 21st September 2019 in Cley Village Hall, Norfolk, UK.

As ever, there will be a packed agenda of top quality speakers during the day – details to follow. For the time being, be sure to make a note in your diary.

At that time of year, autumn migration is in full swing, and given favourable winds, we can reasonably expect birds from the Asian region to be reaching the UK’s shores.

So why not make it a full weekend and include some birding in fabulous Norfolk at this prime time of year? We hope to see as many of you there as possible!

Volunteers sought


The OBC is seeking volunteers to help with running the Club.

You don’t need to be an expert on birds – you simply need to have the enthusiasm and willingness to donate a few hours a month to support bird conservation efforts. For logistical reasons, volunteers should ideally be based in the UK.

Interested? Simply send a message to mail@orientalbirdclub.org to find out more.

OBC and BirdLife sign agreement to collaborate on conservation

Signing of the OBC-BirdLife MoU

The Oriental Bird Club and BirdLife International have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on bird and habitat conservation, awareness-raising and capacity-building initiatives across the Oriental region.

The MoU was formally signed by OBC Chairman Mike Edgecombe and Patricia Zurita, Chief Executive of the BirdLife International Partnership, and during the British Birdwatching Fair in August 2018.

Under the agreement, OBC and BirdLife will work to support each others bird conservation initiatives, including support for fundraising and research opportunities, and in particular for work on flyways initiatives.

The text of the MoU can be found here.

Diary date: 2018 Autumn Meeting

The OBC Autumn Meeting, incorporating the 34th AGM, will be held in the Wilkinson Room, St John the Evangelist, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 8RN on Saturday 22nd September 2018.

Doors open at 10:30 and the meeting starts at 11:00. All are welcome – please bring your friends. Snacks, cakes and hot and cold drinks will be available all day.

Speakers include:
John Geeson on Birding Highlights of the Tibetan Plateau
H S Sathya Chandra Sagar on Impacts of bird trapping in post-logged forest in lowland Sumatra
James Robinson on Fighting to save the Spoon-billed Sandpiper –
Dr Nigel Collar on Unidentified flying objects in Asia
Pete Morris on Japan – Birding through the Seasons

Download the meeting agenda here…and see you there! Minutes of the 33rd AGM, held in September 2017.

BirdingASIA 29

OBC Members should already have received the latest edition of BirdingASIA, Number 29. Another issue packed full of the latest news from the region, including articles on latest taxonomic updates, species new to Malaysia and elsewhere in the region, new breeding records, latest sightings and much much more…

As an OBC member you will receive two issues of BirdingASIA per year plus our scientific journal Forktail – all for a bargain membership fee. So don’t delay, join today!

Flappy’s journeys end

On 17th May 2018, the last satellite transmission was received from Flappy – the Oriental Bird Club sponsored Common Cuckoo of the nominate subspecies – 100 km north of Mandaly and 30 km east of the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar.

It seems certain Flappy perished sometime on the night of 14-15th May, during the return leg of her migration from wintering quarters in Mozambique to where she had spent the previous two summers, in northern Mongolia, close to the border with Russia.

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BirdingASIA 28

OBC Members should already have received the latest edition of BirdingASIA, Number 28. Another issue packed full of the latest news from the region, including articles on latest taxonomic updates, species new to Malaysia and elsewhere in the region, new breeding records, latest sightings and much much more…

As an OBC member you will receive two issues of BirdingASIA per year plus our scientific journal Forktail – all for a bargain membership fee. So don’t delay, join today!