The Outer Hebrides are among Britain’s remotest outposts, facing out into the Atlantic, distant and difficult to access, and often experiencing the most appalling weather. The handful of birders who live along this 150-mile-long island chain between Barra and the Butt of Lewis are prepared to tolerate the discomfort and hardship of birding on the northwest edge of the United Kingdom for some special rewards. These include some very important breeding species, large concentrations of wildfowl and waders migrating between Britain and the Arctic, and a far higher than average chance of finding and enjoying their own unusual birds without a queue gathering behind them. Tony Marr has been watching birds since he was 12, and after a 37-year career with the Land Registry he turned professional. He led bird tours all over the world for several years before concentrating on working as a ship’s ornithologist in the polar regions. His love of the Arctic led to him to retire as near to the Arctic Circle as he could find, and where few had trodden before. He had first visited Stornoway and the Isle of Lewis in 1955 when he was just 15; and nine years ago decided to buy a house near the Butt of Lewis as a base from which to make an intensive daily spring and autumn study of bird migration. His talk will describe the results, which have proved to be even more interesting than he dared anticipate.
Venue - Aylmerton Village Hall, NR11 8PX. Please park along Church Road or in the overflow car park at the church. Please ensure that local residents can still access their driveways and there is sufficient clearance for agricultural vehicles to use the road. A torch might also be helpful, as the village has no street lighting. To keep the club's carbon footprint small, please consider car sharing.