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Call of the Kingfisher: A Year by the River Nene – March 19

19th March 2024 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

£8.00 – £18.50

‘Call of the Kingfisher’ is the enchanting nature-writing debut from musician and wildlife recordist Nick Penny. Come and discover why he describes his book as a “love letter to a short stretch of Northamptonshire’s River Nene”, and celebrate a year of taking in the glorious sights and sounds of the riverbank. Signed copies are also available for purchase in the Stanwick Lakes Visitor Centre.

About the Speaker

Nick Penny grew up in many different parts of the world before doing an arts degree at Oxford University. He then set up his own workshop making musical instruments, as well as writing music and playing the Paraguayan harp. After moving to Oundle four decades ago, he became fascinated by the birdsong in his local woods, starting to record it and use the sounds in his own music. He also began to watch and photograph the kingfishers on the River Nene close to his home – experiences captured in his nature-writing debut, Call of the Kingfisher.

Talk Details

This talks starts at 2.00pm and will be approx. 45mins – 1 hour. If you choose a cream tea or afternoon tea this will be served after the talk. Lunch bookings will be at 12.30pm.

All tickets include parking for the duration of the event and ticket type. Members, of course, benefit from free parking all day.

Lunch menu must be pre-ordered when you book – detailed below. Please advise us of any dietary requirements when you book your ticket.

You can book below. Alternatively, please book your space at the reception desk in the Visitor Centre or email

Group discounts are available for groups over 10, please get in touch for group bookings. Limited spaces available.


19th March 2024
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
£8.00 – £18.50
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