Raptor Conference 2017

Bookings for the 2017 Raptor Conference are now closed.

The annual Raptor Conference is being hosted by Northumbria Ringing Group  in 2017 at City Campus East Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. NE2 1UY.  Travel instructions are available here.

The conference committee has drawn together an exciting and varied program that will address a wide range of issues that are of interest to Raptor Workers.

The NERF Conference is the primary training aid for birders interested in Birds of Prey in the North of England.

Delegate Fees £12.50 young people under 18 years and £25.00 for adults. Once again demand for places at this year’s conference is expected to be high. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

A downloadable programme is available here


Conference Programme

09.00  Registration: Coffee & Tea will be available

09.50  Welcome and Introductions

10.00   Return of Osprey to the Borders – Tony Lightly, Forestry Commission Scotland

10.30   Insights into ‘Intruding’ Ospreys in Kielder Forest – Joanna Dailey, Kielder Osprey Project

11.00 Coffee & Tea Break

11.30   Vole and Raptor Population Dynamics – Xavier Lambin, Professor of Ecology, University of Aberdeen

12.15  The Peregrine in South Scotland & North England 2002 -2017 – George Smith, Lothian & Borders Raptor Study Group

12.45  Northumberland National Park Authority & Raptor Protection – Andrew Miller, Head of Programmes & Conservation NNPA


13.00  Lunch

14.15  Reinforcing South Scotland’s Golden Eagle Population –  Dr. Cat Barlow, South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project

14.45 Raptor Patch – Dr. Amy Challis, Scottish Raptor Monitoring Scheme

15.10  Coffee & Tea Break

15.40  A Future for Red Kites in North East England? – Ian Kerr, Friends of Red Kites in NE England (FORK)

16.00  Secrets in the Forest – Dr. Clive McKay

16.20 Closing remarks

16.35  Close of conference