February Meeting

Maidstone Bonsai Society

The months seem to be coming around faster and faster as we get older ! such a pity the trees do not grow that fast. February was the re-potting workshop and help session for both experienced bonsai keepers and members that had never re-potted a tree before, there was a vast amount of experience available for a task that some members can find quite daunting for the first time and a good night was had by all as can be seen from the pics. there was also a good selection of pots available from T B Bonsai pots for members to buy and use on the night as some did.

we also had members that had just retuned from Neolanders 2017 with all the news of who had won what and what a fabulous show it was this year, this was mainly Alex Rudd who is our chairman and damn…

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Aging in Eagles

Animal Ecology In Focus

For many species, breeding performance changes as an individual ages. So in order to properly monitor and manage animal populations, it is important to understand how different species age. But this is easier said than done! A recent paper published in the Journal of Animal Ecology used a unique dataset from a reintroduced population of white‐tailed eagles in Scotland to study age‐ and sex‐specific trends. Lead author Dr Megan Murgatroyd (FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology) is here to tell us about sea eagle aging, raptor-gurus, reintroduction work, and ‘toy boy’ relationships! 

Despite being revered in early history and once widespread in Britain, like many other predators White-tailed Eagles have a long history of persecution and human conflict. In 1918 the last known British White-tailed Eagle was shot rendering them extinct. Today, 100 years on the story has fortunately changed. Unique partnerships between multiple agencies, landowners and Government have seen…

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