Indoor Meetings

Indoor Meetings Programme 2017 & 2018

Meetings are held January-March and October-December at Bayston Hill on Wednesdays. They are free for members: guests pay £2. Tea, coffee and biscuits are served halfway through the meeting at a nominal charge.

Swallows & Sand Martins

Swallows & Sand Martins

The meetings are informal, informative and interesting. Why not come along, especially if you have not been before? You will learn more about birds and nature in general and be able to chat to others with similar interests. Directions to the meeting venue can be found at the bottom of this page.


Wednesday, 1 Nov 2017, 7:15pm: Jeff Clarke –  A Naturalist’s Year

  • This talk will take us through Jeff’s calendar year, the highs and lows, the mishaps, the madness and the sheer beauty of the natural world.

Wednesday, 6 Dec 2017, 7:15pm: Nick Martin – Discovering Scotland’s Western and Northern Isles

  • Including Skye, the Outer Hebrides and the Shetlands, this talk has Images of landscapes and wildlife – everything from eagles to orchids and skuas to otters. A must for lovers of Scotland.

Wednesday, 3 Jan 2018, 7:15 pm: Andrew Fusek Peters – The Long Mynd:  Birds, Wildlife and Landscape

  • Previously a well-known children’s poet, Andrew changed direction 4 years ago and took up photography based on nature near his home in the Shropshire Hills. He has since published a couple of books related to tonight’s talk. It will be interesting to see the wildlife of the Long Mynd through fresh eyes.

Wednesday, 7 Feb 2018, 7:15 pm: Keith Offord – The Teardrop Island

  • Keith is going to talk this time about the birds and wildlife of Sri Lanka which will no doubt be up to his usual excellent standard.

Wednesday, 7 Mar 2018, 7:15 pm: Gordon Yates – Birdlife through 40 Pennine Years

  • Another regular at SOS, Gordon will be presenting observations on his patch over the last 40 years.

Wednesday, 4  Apr 2018, 7:15 pm: ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING followed by Alan Heath – Shropshire Birds – A Diverse Picture

  • Most of you will know Alan and appreciate his interesting and instructive talks about our local area.  We look forward to hearing about his latest exploits.

Wednesday, 3 Oct 2018, 7:15 pm:  Chris Ward – Wildlife Down Under

  • Centred on the rich and varied habitats of SE Queensland, New South Wales and the ‘Top End’, visited during a 3 month winter experience, this will be an extravaganza of colourful, rare and iconic Australian wildlife.  Enjoy birds, mammals, reptiles, insects and others.

Wednesday, 7 Nov 2018, 7:15 pm: Kate MacRae – Create Your Own Springwatch

  • Kate has set up a network of cameras both in her own garden and at a 7 acre site in Worcester which capture the secret lives of visiting wildlife. Her work has been on Springwatch, Autumnwatch and Countryfile.  Tonight you can share some of her techniques and see amazing footage to inspire and excite.

Wednesday, 5 Dec 2018, 7:15 pm: Nigel Spencer – British Wildlife in Macro

  • As well as being a renowned wildlife photographer, Nigel is an expert macro photographer, having captured all our native butterfly species.  Widely travelled, he has photographed plants, birds and animals in many challenging places. Tonight though, he is closer to home and should help us to appreciate our own smaller species.

Directions to Bayston Hill Memorial Hall

  • From Shrewsbury, take the Hereford Road A49 towards Bayston Hill at the Meole Brace roundabout. Turn right in the village onto Lyth Hill Road…
  • From Ludlow & Church Stretton, enter Bayston Hill on the A49 and continue past “The Compasses” inn on the right.  About 100 m beyond the pub, turn left onto Lyth Hill Road…
  • Then, the Hall is 80 m on the left. If you go past Lodge Crescent (on the right) you’ve gone too far. There is car parking at the hall. The OS grid ref is SJ486087 and the postcode is SY3 0DU.
  • For a map of the hall location (which can be panned and zoomed), click here.

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Page updated: 19/10/2017