Birds and a Brew
Settle down with a brew and a biscuit to hear about why our birds have their names.
Find out when a sparrow isn’t a sparrow, what Yellowhammers have to do with d.i.y. tools, and what their Latin names can tell us about the birds we see and hear around us.
Then you’ll go out for a walk to find and name some of our local birds.
Spring should definitely be in the air by mid-March, and this month’s Birds and a Brew is all about the changes in nature triggered by lengthening days and warmer temperatures.
Birds will have begun to sing and breed, buds will be opening, and insects, amphibians and reptiles will be emerging into the sunshine.
After a biscuit and a brew with a talk about what to look out for, you’ll go for a walk to find signs of Spring around the NDC.
Most of our breeding birds will be busy with nests, eggs or chicks by now and you may be seeing parent Blue Tits, Robins, Blackbirds and other garden birds darting into hedges and bird boxes at home.
This month’s talk is about the fascinating science behind the creation of eggs; their colours, shapes and sizes; and the amazing nests built by birds, with such breath-taking skills – but no hands.
I’m glad to say that it is illegal to disturb nests or nesting birds, and to take or own their eggs, but the NDC is a lively place at this time of year, and on your walk we will look and listen out for signs of nesting behaviour and bird families.
Birds and a Brew
Meet on the patio area by the lake (outside the Lakeside Room)
Friday 10 February 2023
10:00am – 12:30pm
The Nature Discovery Centre is packed full of interactive wildlife and natural history displays.
There is a network of footpaths ranging from small family-friendly walks to longer paths for the more adventurous.
Surrounded by a mosaic of different habitats, there is fantastic wildlife to see all year round.
Whether you have just an hour, a day or a week to give, and whatever your skills, there’s an opportunity for you to volunteer with the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) near where you live.
They are located between Thatcham and Newbury, a short distance off the A4 at:
Nature Discovery Centre, Muddy Lane, Lower Way, Thatcham, Berkshire, RG19 3FU
Tel: 01635 35157