As other U3A groups, and indeed most of the country, we are currently unable to meet - but we will keep this page updated with our local wildlife observations.
Thanks to Peter, Tess, Brenda and Nick for new photos.
Bees of all kinds have been enjoying flowers in our gardens, young birds visiting with adults and sparrowhawks coming for a meal. There are swifts and swallows in our skies (no reports of house martins to date). I've heard reports of more badgers and foxes around, including the family in our photograph. I caught a glimpse of a male bullfinch which occasionally visits a neighbour's garden and a red kite was spotted on the Norton/Staffs border.
The Wildlife group started in September 2017 since when we have had a number of interesting meetings. Some have been sharing our experience and expertise indoors and others visiting places of interest for wildlife.
We usually meet on the third Friday at 1.00 p.m., though there are some longer outings with an earlier start time.
If you would like to come please email Jane Williamson who is the current leader and can be contacted via the message box.
We try to share transport for visits, so attendance is still possible for non-drivers.
On 17th January we visited Slimbridge - part of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. January is not the warmest time to visit but it is the best time to see the Bewick swans which over-winter in the area and other winter visitors. We did indeed see lots of Bewicks as well as Redshank, Lapwing and other ducks and waders. In February we shared a presentation of photographs which Nick had kindly put together.
We are not a group of experts but share an interest in wildlife (viewed from many directions) and work together to enjoy and learn. We welcome ideas and contributions from new and existing members. Details of future events will be posted by the end of January.
Any Stourbridge U3A member wishing to join us for just one or two of our sessions will be warmly welcomed.
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