"Bird-watching before Birding" by Ian Wallace

3 August 2005 | Marek Walford

Reading Ornithological Club

Reading Ornithological Club invites you to join us for a talk by Ian Wallace, one of the great names of British bird-watching.

Ian, who began his bird-watching in Reading in the 1940s is an observer, writer and artist and has gone on to devote his life to the science, art and history of ornithology. He has agreed to give just one more talk before he retires from such activities - an historic moment not to be missed!

He has been chairman of the British Birds Rarities Committee, is one of the authors of the mammoth reference work Birds of the Western Palearctic, and is an author and illustrator of many other books. Among the numerous books about bird-watching published in recent years, his history of bird-watching cum autobiography, Beguiled by Birds stands out for its erudition and the generosity of illustration. He is particularly adept at capturing the "jizz" of a bird in a painting or just a quick sketch. Some of his books and paintings will be available for sale. In addition, a new Robert Gillmor drawing will be the raffle prize for the evening. Non-members will be very welcome.

Venue: Lecture Theatre G10, Palmer Building, Reading University
Date: Wednesday 14th September 2005
Time: Doors will open at 7.30 for 8pm
Admission: ROC Members Free; Non-members 3.00