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Jurys Inn hotel, Scotswood Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4AD
Northern branch

A talk by Dr Chris Redfern on the impacts of climate change on arctic terns in Antarctica and the Northern branch AGM

Event outline

The event will begin with the Northern branch AGM. The AGM is a chance for members and non-members to come together to talk to the committee and hear about updates in their activities and finances, and to plan for the year ahead. The agenda for the AGM will be available to download from this page shortly.

This will be followed by a talk on arctic terns in Antarctica and monitoring the impacts of climate change. There will then be refreshments and the chance to speak to other attendees and the committee.


After nearly four decades as a molecular and cellular biologist with an interest in retinoid or vitamin A signalling, Chris has taken (slightly) early retirement to focus on ornithology, a field in which he has been active in his spare time throughout his professional career as a biologist.
Arctic Terns have one of the longest annual migrations of any species, moving twice a year between Arctic or sub-Arctic breeding grounds and non-breeding habitats within Antarctic pack ice. Using light-level geolocators we can follow their annual migration in detail and show how these birds are distributed around the Antarctic in relation to sea-ice density. The high return rate of Arctic Terns fitted with geolocators to their Northumberland breeding colonies may provide a means of remotely monitoring the effects of climate change in the challenging research environment of the Antarctic.

Cost and booking

This event is free to attend and open to all, however only RSB members will be able to vote in the AGM.
Advance booking is essential through the link at the top of the page.


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For booking or website queries, please contact Harriet McAra at or on 020 3925 3445.

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