NERF organizes an annual conference for all with an interest in raptors in the uplands,

2018 conference

The Annual NERF Conference for 2018 is being hosted by the North York Moors Upland Bird (Merlin) Study Group and will be held at Askham Bryan College, Near York, YO23 3FR on Saturday 17th November 2018

Registration, coffee and exhibits will be available for delegates from 09:00 hrs and the
Conference will open at 09:50 hrs. Coffee, Lunch and afternoon refreshments are included in the ticket price. As usual, there is an exciting and varied programme for you to enjoy. We’ll be covering a wide range of topics guaranteed to be of interest to upland raptor fieldworkers and general birders. Delegates will be able to put questions to the speakers at the end of each session. The lunch break provides an opportunity to share experiences amongst friends and colleagues. Steve Downing, NERF Chairman, will also bring us up to date with recent developments within the Forum.

The 2018 speaker programme and booking form are available for download here or can be completed online here

Delegates from previous conferences will automatically receive an email invitation to attend.

Topics and speakers for the 2018 Conference are: –

Honey Buzzards – no longer a Scottish enigma
Brian Etheridge
Highlights and Mysteries from a Study of Goshawks
Garry Marchant
The Merlin, the Moor and the Mystery
Dr John Edwards
A Message from the North York Moors National Park
Andy Wilson
Correlates of Merlin site occupancy and breeding performance across the
Ian Johnstone (RSPB Scotland)
Short Eared Owls: tracking their movements and other attempts to
understand them
John Callandine (BTO Stirling)
The Shropshire Raven Study 1994-2015
Leo Smith
NERF Open Forum Steve Downing (NERF Chairman)

Delegate Fees

Delegate fees are £26.00. Once again, demand for places is expected to be high so please
book early to avoid disappointment.  A reduced ticket price of £20 is available for under 18’s (please use the online booking form). Please see the delegate booking form here
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We are grateful to the North York Moors National Park Authority, RSPB, Hawk & Owl Trust,
Forestry Commission, and Paramo Clothing for their assistance in helping to sponsor this
year’s conference.

Previous conferences

Saturday the 18th November 2017. The annual NERF Conference will be hosted by Northumbria Ringing Group and held at Northumbria University, City Campus East,
Newcastle upon Tyne.  NE2 1UY. Travel instructions are available here.

Saturday 19th November 2016, The annual NERF Raptor Conference was hosted by Durham Upland Bird Study Group and held at the Xcel Centre ,  Long Tens Way, Aycliffe Business Park, County Durham DL5 6AP.

Saturday 21st November 2015, hosted by Calderdale Raptor Group  – Click the link to download A Summary of 2015 Conference Presentations

16th November 2014, Derbyshire, hosted by South Peak Raptor Study Group and Peak District Raptor Monitoring group. – Click the link to download  A Summary of 2014 Conference Presentations

17th November 2013, York, hosted by North York Moors Merlin Study and South Ryedale and East Yorkshire Raptor Groups. Click the link to download a Summary of Speakers 2013 Conference Speakers.

18th November 2012, Newcastle, hosted by Northumbria Ringing Group  Programme 2012

20th November 2011, Durham, hosted by Durham Upland Bird Study Group and Durham Bird Club Programme 2011

20th November 2010, Rishworth, hosted by Calderdale Raptor Study Group  Programme 2010

14th November 2009, Matlock,hosted by South Peak District Raptor Study Group  Programme 2009

22nd November 2008, Thirsk, hosted by NYMUBSG  Programme 2008

10th November 2007, Durham, hosted by Northumbria Ringing Group  Programme 2007

11th November 2006, Durham, hosted by Northumbria Ringing Group and Durham Upland Bird Study Group  Programme 2006

12th November 2005, Durham,hosted by Durham Upland Bird Study Group Programme 2005

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Photo: Ian Fisher