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Redbridge clubs news: ‘Urban birder’ on flying visit plus more

PUBLISHED: 12:00 21 March 2015

"Urban Birder" David Lindo joined the North East London RSPB on a talk. Picture: PA/Anthony Devlin

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The latest news from Redbridge’s clubs and societies.

North East London RSPB

A star birdwatcher caused a flap as he visited the bird protection group in South Woodford.

Broadcaster and “urban birder” David Lindo talked about finding rare species between the hustle and bustle of London life.

David, who has appeared on the BBC’s Springwatch and Countryfile, took a break from filming to return and speak to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) group at St Mary’s Church in High Road, three years after his last visit.

He talked about his own patch, Wormwood Scrubs in west London, before showing 75 group members maps and photos of tree habitats and open grasslands in that area.

He also told them about his local group, The Scrubbers, and its unusual spots, which include a black redstart – usually found near the coast.

Group spokesman David Littlejohns said: “It went really well – we couldn’t stop him talking!

“He was talking about birdwatching where we are, rather than going to exotic places to find birds. He said they turn up in the most surprising places.”

David added: “Wanstead Park is well watched too and you can find some really quite rare birds there – from wrynecks, which are found in the east, to wheatears, which are found in the north.”

The group’s next talk is on planting fruit trees to help the bird population flourish. It takes place in the Gwinnell Room at St Mary’s Church at 8pm on April 14. Admission is £3.50 and £3 for RSPB members.

Call 020 8989 4746 to learn more.

Ilford Chess Club

The club chairman was frustrated following a “dismal” performance despite being the “stronger” team at its last match.

Jef Page’s Ilford lost out three and a half to four and a half to Loughton Chess Club last week.

Jef, whose team plays in the Essex Chess League second division, said: “Although we are currently top of the division, this result now throws it all open so we can be caught.”

To get involved with the club visit ilfchess.tripod.com

Goodmayes Residents

Association

The group is inviting those aged 59 and over to stay healthy at its keep fit club.

Chairman Keith Stanbury is urging people to come along for a gentle workout with a qualified instructor and a chance to socialise and have fun.

The sessions take place every Friday at Goodmayes Community Centre, Green Lane, Goodmayes, from 10am to 11am.

Keith said: “It’s become very popular and it’s quite good fun.”

For more information call 07751 076744.


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