Unfortunately, due to some over-running building works at Aylmerton Village Hall, we have had to make a last minute change to the venue for this Thursday’s talk. We are relocating for one night only to Gresham Village Hall, less than 2 miles down the road. Please try and come if you were intending to as it would be a shame for the speaker to be presenting to a smaller crowd than normal. Start time for the talk is 7:30pm but we’ll be there earlier with the doors open. Please see venue details at bottom of text.

Since his retirement in 2002, Dick Newell has devoted much time to those aerial masters of the sky – swifts. Their noisy acrobatic flights over our towns and villages for just a few short weeks in summer have become increasingly less common in recent years, prompting Dick to find out what could be done to reverse their decline in Britain. As a result, many projects have been implemented and ideas generated, some of which are documented on actionforswifts.blogspot.co.uk. In 2016 Dick and ‘Action for Swifts’ were given a Marsh Award for Innovative Ornithology. His talk will cover the lifestyle of Common Swifts, the reasons for their decline, their migrations, and ideas for nest boxing.

Venue - NOTE CHANGE - The address for Gresham Village Hall is East Beckham Road, off Church Lane, Gresham, NR11 8RT. There is a car park adjacent and further parking along East Beckham Road next to the church. As usual, we recommend car-sharing to keep our carbon footprint as low as we can. Driving directions below:

From Cromer on the A148: Turn off inland (left) as usual at the Roman Camp pub along Church Road, past Aylmerton Village Hall and out the other side of the village. Drive straight on past the Stone Cross memorial on Cromer Road and after a few hundred yards you bear sharp right into Gresham. Follow Cromer Road along for about half a mile and just after the school, which is on your left, turn right into East Beckham Road by the church. The hall and car park are 1st left.

From Sheringham on the A148: Turn off inland (right) just after the large lay-by and opposite Pretty Corner Lane into Gibbet Lane and follow the road straight on as it becomes Red Barn Lane. After 1.7 miles, turn left at the T-junction onto Mill Road. After 0.6 miles the road bears sharp left and right as it becomes Holt Road. After about 0.3 miles you will see the church on your left by the playing field. Turn left into East Beckham Road and the hall and car park are 1st left.