Spring 2022 - Programme and Speakers

1st February – John Gardener – Iberian Birds

15th February – Tia Crouch of the National Trust – Restoring Marsden Moors

8th March – Matthew Capper from Nature Trek – Florida the Sunshine State

22nd March – David Tolliday – Holiday Wildlife in Florida and Spain

19th April – Graham Sorrie – Keeping Morpeth skies alive

10th May -  David Sill our new Recorder – The Birding year

John Gardener

 A professional commercial, portrait and beauty Photographer based in Wakefield but covering the whole of Yorkshire and beyond. John is also a well-known wildlife specialist and wildlife photographer both in Yorkshire and further afield. He is an active member of the Wakefield Naturalist’s  Society, of which he has been President for a number of years and is a well-known speaker  on many natural history topics. John will be speaking to us about ‘Iberian Birds’ on 1st February 2022 to start off our New Year programme.


Tia Crouch

Has a job where she is involved in a range of projects, from identifying the vulnerabilities of the Peak District National Park to climate change, continuing valuable long term data-sets of vegetation, water tables and birds, to planning and delivering landscape scale conservation work on the blanket bogs of the Peak District and South Pennines. Tia will be speaking on the Topic of ‘Restoring Marsden Moors’ on 15th February 2022


Matthew Capper – Nature Trek

Mathew was born in Stamford and grew up with Rutland Water on his Doorstep, where he volunteered during his teenage years and developed his lifelong interest in birds and other wildlife. After a Geography degree at Sheffield University, he settled in the Peak District and was soon involved in birds of Prey protection, the National Park Ranger Service and the local birding scene.  Matthew began working for the RSPB in 2006 managing projects across the North of England as an Area Conservation Manager and also spent 10 years as Senior Site Manager at RSPB Old Moor Reserve.  He has led walks, activities, delivering talks for many different organisations and in 2019 became Head of Public Engagement and Communications for the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust.  Matthew is going to speak to us about ‘Florida The Sunshine State’ on 8th March 2022


David Tolliday

David is making a welcome return to the club visiting for the fourth time from his base in Cheshire. He is a wildlife photographer having been interested in wildlife for as long as he can remember with one of his first wildlife memories being of a flock of Lapwings in a field at Cuckmere in Sussex when he was about ten years old. David was transfixed by these beautiful birds, and they continue to remain one of his favourite species. His presentation features ‘Holiday wildlife in Florida and Spain’ on 22nd March 2022



Graham Sorrie

Graham hails from Morpeth and, as well as being a dedicated birder, has a long and abiding passion for Swifts,

those brief but fascinating visitors to our skies.  Graham’s interest is so great that he devotes much of his time to their conservation.  He will talk to us about the ups and downs of Swift conservation in the North East as well as describing how birding communities throughout the country can help in this task in ‘Keeping Morpeth’s Skies Alive’  on 19th April 2022



David Sill – our new Recorder

Will present ‘The Birding Year’, with a photographic roundup of  some of the more interesting aspects of the birds seen in our area in 2021. This being the last talk in the current season will be held on

10th May 2022

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Our lecture and meetings programme runs between September and May, at which visiting and club experts give presentations on a wide range of birding topics, from local to overseas, with some stunning  photography. Members of the public are welcome to all of our meetings free of charge (voluntary collection). Children are welcome if accompanied by a supervising adult.


Our 2022 programme is shown below.          


Venue: Reception Room, Huddersfield Town Hall,

Ramsden Street, Huddersfield,   HD1 2TA. Enter by Corporation Street entrance.


Disabled access - entry to the Reception Room is on the ground floor, a few yards from the Corporation Street entrance. 


Parking - there is on-street parking around the Town Hall in Corporation St., Ramsden St., Peel St. and Princess St. These areas can sometimes be busy.

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