Convention at Chester Zoo

Saturday 8 September 2018 from 09:30  - Chester Zoo Lecture Theatre

WPA's Annual General meeting and Convention will be held at Chester Zoo on Saturday 8 September 2018 and you are invited to join us for, what I am sure will be, an extremely interesting and enjoyable day.  On Saturday morning the lecture subjects vary from turkeys to maleos. Dr Simon Dowell, the Science Director has kindly arranged for WPA to have our meeting here and a highlight will be a guided tour of the Zoo on Saturday afternoon. 

Due to the generosity of Chester Zoo we have also been able to keep costs to a minimum. The whole day costs £35 which includes entry to the Zoo, use of the Lecture Theatre, morning tea/coffee and lunch.
The Convention dinner will be held in the Hallmark Hotel which is close to the rail station in Chester and the three course meal costs £30.  Further information and a booking form can be downloaded from this link: 
Downloadable Booking Form (please return by 3 September)

It is of course a chance to meet new members and catch up with friends and I hope you will join us.

If you need any other information please do not hesitate to contact, 01434 3455256 or 07935383992

Saturday 8 September:

Chester Zoo Lecture Theatre:

09:30 for 10:00

Registration & Coffee


10:00 - 10:30

WPA 43rd Annual General Meeting


10:30 – 11:00

Dr Simon Dowell, Science Director at Chester Zoo & Co-Chair of the Galliforms Specialist Group

Galliforme conservation at Chester and around the world: The work of the IUCN Galliformes Specialist Group.

11:00 – 11:30

Dr Cliff Nixey, former Technical Director of British United Turkeys Ltd

Can the pheasant learn from the turkey?

11:30 – 12:00

John Corder

The Next WPA International Symposium in Vietnam, September 2019 and

Ludo Pinceel (Chairman of SAC) &
John Corder (Chairman of ECBG)

A Summary of recent and present research programmes supported by WPA

12:00 – 12:30

Dr Tom Clements, Senior Director – Europe, Wildlife Conservation Society

WCS Maleo project in Sulawesi, Indonesia

12:30 – 13:30



13:30 onwards

Tour Chester Zoo

Guided tour by a member of the Bird Team at Chester Zoo. The tour will include some of the Galliformes in the collection.

13:30 – 16:30

Scientific Advisory Committee, Cedar House, Chester Zoo

Members are welcome to attend as observers

19:00 -19:30

Victoria Room, Hallmark Hotel The Queen, City Road, Chester, CH1 3AH

Three course Dinner costing £30

Sunday 9 September – RSPB Dee Estuary Nature Reserve, Burton Mere Wetlands 

We have also extended the event to Sunday in order to visit to the RSPB Dee Estuary Nature Reserve, Burton Mere Wetlands, Puddington Lane, Burton, Neston CH64 5SF on Sunday morning at 10:30. The entrance fee is £4 per person. The Nature Reserve is only 10km from Chester City Centre. The gateway to the Dee Estuary reserve, Burton Mere Wetlands straddles the border between England and Wales with a mosaic of freshwater wetland habitats, mixed farmland and woodland. The area is bursting with wildlife, hosting avocets, egrets, harriers, noisy redshanks, swallows and swifts. You may then like to finish off the weekend with Sunday lunch in the Wheatsheaf Pub which is closeby.