Working for birds in Africa


2016 Birdfair

ABC will be on stands 65/66 in Marquee 2 at the British Birdwatcher's Fair, 19th - 21st August 2016. Please come and visit us if you are able to get there. Members will be able to pick up their bulletins. Full details of the Fair can be found here.

2016 Annual Meeting & AGM

The Annual Meeting and AGM of the African Bird Club were held on Saturday 16th April 2016 at The Flett Theatre, Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD. The meeting was open to members and non-members of ABC. 

Meeting Programme

10.15 Doors Open   Tea, coffee and sales stands

10.50 Chairman’s Introduction – Richard Charles

Tasso Leventis

11.00 Saving Africa’s vultures – Tasso Leventis, ABC President

This talk reflects the speaker’s conviction that a substantial cause of the precipitous decline in African Vulture populations is the relatively recent establishment, growth and expansion of market demand for vulture parts in West African fetish markets. A strategy is suggested to counter this decline.

11.30 The work of the A.P. Leventis Ornithological Research Institute (APLORI) – Dr. Shiiwua Manu, Director, APLORI, Nigeria

My talk will share APLORI’s experiences in its 14 years of existence and its bid to facilitate ornithological research in Africa through the development of regional manpower and capacity. I will highlight the expanding scope of research at APLORI, and further its role in improving the livelihoods of its host community as a classic model of successful community development projects associated with conservation projects in an area.

Niki Williamson

Simon Tonkin

12.00 Turtle Dove research in Senegal – Niki Williamson, Snr. Farmland Conservation Officer, RSPB and Simon Tonkin

We are now in a race against time to prevent Turtle Doves becoming extinct in the UK. One of the challenges is to understand their wintering habits in sub-Saharan Africa. Gathering knowledge in this area, set in the context of a global life cycle, is paramount, as is applying that research to work in the farmed landscape, providing incentives for habitat creation across their range.

12.45 Lunch Drinks and sandwiches available

13.45 Annual General Meeting (Agenda available on 16/04/16)

Debbie Pain

14.30 The Madagascar Pochard project – Dr Debbie Pain, Director of Conservation, WWT

The Critically Endangered Madagascar Pochard is the rarest duck in the world. I will chart the last ten years, from its rediscovery at a remote lake in northern Madagascar in 2006; the establishment of a successful conservation breeding programme; the development of a project to benefit people and enhance the environment in the Lake Sofia catchment so that the Pochard can be reintroduced.

Luca Borghesio

15.10 Conserving the Taita Apalis – Luca Borghesio, Nature Kenya

With a range of less than 500 ha in the Taita hills of Kenya, and a population of less than 200 individuals, Taita Apalis is one of the most threatened birds of Africa. Its biology is incompletely known, but recently sound data has been gathered allowing practical conservation. The situation is still critical but I believe that the decline can be stopped. The plan to save Taita Apalis will also help many of the other Taita endemics.

15.50 Tea/Coffee

Keith Betton

16.30 Finding the endemic birds of São Tomé and Príncipe Keith Betton, ABC Vice-President

The islands of São Tomé and Príncipe are situated 200 miles off the coast of Gabon and are home to almost thirty endemic species – many of which are commonly seen around the savannah and agricultural lands. However at the other extreme these islands also support lush rainforests, which harbour four Critically Endangered species only rediscovered in recent years.

17.00 Raffle Draw & Closing Remarks - Richard Charles

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