Twitcher takes flight with U3A

MORE than 200 members flocked to the latest meeting of the HUCKNALL AND DISTRICT UNIVERSITY OF THE THIRD AGE (U3A) group for a talk on birds.

Special guest was ornithologist David Tideswell, who gave an ‘enjoyable, amusing and informative talk’ entitled ‘Seasonal Birds In Your Garden’.

David, whose own interest in birds dates back to his childhood days, studied ornithology at Keele University in Staffordshire.

His talk, held at Hucknall Leisure Centre, featured a slideshow of bird photographs taken in his own garden. He also gave hints and advice on how to encourage different types of bird to nest near your home.

One useful tip was to make sure feeding stations are two metres or less from cover where birds can hide from predators and he told everyone his own tasty ‘fat cake’ recipe, which always ‘goes down a storm’ with feathered friends.

After sharing his knowledge of the many varieties of garden birds, David answered questions and showed examples of ideal bird-nesting and roosting boxes.

You can find out more about David, who is well known on BBC local radio in the Staffordshire area, by searching online for David Tideswell, ornithologist.