VARANGER AND NORTHERN FINLAND by Graham Catley

Our speaker is Graham Catley who you may remember gave us an excellent talk on the birds of Lincolnshire last year. This time we go further afield to the Varanger fiord and peninsula in the far north east of Norway around the corner from North Cape. It is rightly renowned as one of the best bird watching areas in Europe and Graham has a detailed knowledge having visited five times. Expect to see dramatic arctic scenery as well as birds like Long Tailed Skua, Bluethroat and White Tailed Eagle which are more common here than probably anywhere else. Graham’s talk also includes the extensive bogs of Northern Finland and birds like Wood and Broad Billed Sandpiper which breed there. Varanger is always a cold place so this is a great chance to enjoy it in the warm.