As we are currently unable to run our planned talks programme for 2020/21 with us all together in a local hall, we will instead be hosting a series of Virtual Talks on our usual Indoor Event evenings on the last Thursday of most months for the foreseeable future. You can watch on Zoom from the comfort of your own homes on your computer / laptop / tablet / phone etc and we will get an invite and some simple instructions on how to join in out to you before the events.

Unfortunately, Alex Berryman has regretfully had to postpone this week's planned talk to us on the birds of the Philippines but he will be here with us in the new year so we won't miss out on his fascinating reflections.

The good news is that Andy Clarke has kindly agreed to step in at short notice with a talk entitled "Antarctica and its wildlife", a brief introduction to Antarctica, followed by lots of pictures of the whales, seals and birds to be found there. Those of you who have been with the club since the start will have heard Andy talk with enthusiasm on life 'down south' before. For you, we hope that this subject will rekindle interest in this exotic clime and for those of you haven't heard Andy speak on this subject before, we hope this will be an enlightening new topic.

Andy is a founder member of the NENBC and will be a familiar face to many in the audience. He started birding in Norfolk in 1961 (aged 12!), and finally moved here in 2010. He is a retired ecologist, having worked in polar regions for over 40 years. This included lengthy spells at South Georgia (where he spent two winters), the South Orkney Islands and then in Marguerite Bay, well below the Antarctic Circle. He also spent time on American stations, working from German, American and British ships, and also worked with Norwegian scientists in Svalbard. Now living in Sheringham, he mixes birding with more general natural history.