The birds of England and Scotland

Published 3:29 pm Wednesday, June 14, 2017

FENCE to present an Armchair Traveler program on June 18 

 On Sunday, June 18 at 4 p.m., Foothills Equestrian Nature Center will present an Armchair Traveler program on Scotland and England. Simon Thompson, owner of Ventures Birding Tours, will be our guest for the afternoon.

 Everyone is familiar with visiting the castles and moors of Scotland and the old cathedrals and green countryside of England, but what about the birding?

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The United Kingdom has a great selection of bird reserves scattered throughout the country, a good number of them owned and operated by the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds). The flagship reserve is Minsmere in Suffolk where the European Avocet re-established itself after the Second World War.

In the Power Point presentation he will explore the Highlands and islands of Scotland, enjoying the scenery and distinctive birds, before wending our way south into England’s green and pleasant lands. From European Robins and Blue Tits to Red Grouse and Corncrakes, he will explore the beauty and birding in the United Kingdom. 

The wonderful presentation is free and open to the public. Following the presentation refreshments will be served. This program has been made possible by the Kirby Endowment at Polk County Community Foundation.  

– article submitted by Tracie Hanson