As members of Southport Rotary entered the Windsor Suite, most stopped in their tracks, as sat at the back of the room, looking on with his wide yellow eyes, was Samson, a European Eagle Owl, with his owner, Merseyside Police Wildlife Officer, Rachael Krueger.
Rachael gave a fascinating talk of her life as a police officer trying to stop the massive trade in animals, particularly endangered species.
"Trading endangered species is regulated and specimens are afforded a level of protection.
"The trade of such items in the UK without the proper permit and licensing is illegal, and we work hard with our partners to track down people who are prepared to flout the law when it comes to endangered species."
We were told of holidaymakers buying stuffed crocodiles as ornaments, thugs abusing all types of creatures, from foxes, to seagulls to egg collectors.
Thank you Rachael for a very interesting and informative (and fun) night.
more And the winner is .......
more At The Clifton Tonight
more Rotarian and Chief David Taylor discussed
more An out night, organised by Our Friends in the North
more Durham University Expedition to Nepal
more A debate on the issues concerning Brexit
more The Heysel Stadium Tragedy
more An interesting, illustrated job talk
more Ladies and Gentlemen, in the blue corner
more Paul Silcock presents
more Club Member Nick Philpott
more Geoff Bigg's Quiz of the year
more An out night at The Atkinson
more Adrian Shandley
more No Meeting tonight - It's Christmas!!
more No Meeting - Christmas Party on Friday
more .and RAFA fundraising night
more Janet Fairclough
more The time for this years President to hand over his badge of office.
more 1180 District Governor Chris Sumner
more RIBI President 2015/16 Peter Davey
more Jim Doran
more Captain John Watts
more A car racing driver from the 1960s will entertain us tonight
more The first council meeting
more An open invitation
more Lynn Quigley from Age Concern
more Biting Tales from the world of sport
more Rotarian Robin Speakman will lead a forum discussion on how to put the world right
more No Meeting this evening
more Tonight we were joined by 7 visitors from
more Tonight, we learn about the completion of The Atkinson Project
more Southport Links Rotary were delighted to be awarded the Maurice Harrop Trophy
more Novembers Business Meeting, with DG Les Wilson.
more Wallace Hooper will give an entertaining
more August Business Meeting
more A club forum to discuss membership
more A follow up to our August membership meeting
more Septembers Council Meeting
more Nick Philpott, will entertain us this evening with a talk on the history of this lost railway.
more Keith Hick gave a very detailed and interesting talk tonight on how the principles of the Art Deco movement have influenced our surroundings in the 20th/21st centuries.
more Another Rotary year draws to a close, and our President, Bill Thomas, hands over his chain to incoming President Geoff Bigg.
more Rachel from Clatterbridge will be talking to us about the work of the Clatterbridge Charity
more No Meeting - New Year's Eve
more An out night visiting the Queensway Tunnel under the River Mersey
more An out night visiting the Merseyide Fire and Rescue Heritage Centre in Bootle
more Dr Katherine Brougham extreme athlete talked about her achievements in the Ironman Championships.
more Christina Spencer gave a very interesting talk on her life in Germany during WW2
more The DG visits to discuss the latest plans for re aligning Rotary Districts.
more Peter Cowley will talk on Sir Henry Seagrave's World Speed Record attempt at Southport 1926
more Rotarian Laurence Paton will entertain us this evening
more June Council Meeting, 7.00pm at The Clifton
more May Council Meeting, 7.00pm at the Clifton
more April's council meeting, 7.00pm at the Clifton
more Council Meeting at the Clifton, 7.00pm start.
more February's Council Meeting at The Clifton, 7.00pm start
more Business Meeting
more No Meeting - Its Christmas!!!!!
more Tonight,Nick Mace, Exploration Geophysicist with Cuadrilla Resources, came to talk to us about the controversial topic of Fracking.
more A walking treasure hunt around Southport Town Centre finished with a sociable meal in one of the towns finest restaurants.
more This meeting will start with an interactive demo of Tai Chi. Please come dressed in casual, loose fitting clothes and soft shoes such as trainers (plymsols for the older members). We shall be eating later than usual after the demo.
more A sophisticated evening of high quality sport followed by the best in Oriental Cuisine. 7.00pm start at Les Dodds Snooker Centre, Princes Street, followed by a Chinese meal at Lings on Kings.
more Jan Impanni Joins The Rotary Club of Southport Links and Rotarian Tom Farley gave an illustrated talk on the largest sea battle in history, the Battle of Leyte Gulf
more Kevin Byrne from The Walton Centre is our speaker this evening
more Speaker - Bruce Hubbard, Festubert
more The Rotary Club of Southport Links visit Lairdside Maritime Simulator
more David Garry is a heart transplant recipient and is coming to talk about his experiences.
more Council Meeting at The Clifton, 7.00pm start
more Decembers Council Meeting at The Clifton, 7.00pm start
more Council Meeting at The Clifton Hotel, 7.00pm start
more Council Meeting at The Clifton Hotel
more Past DG Gerry Heaslip will talk to us this evening on The Overland Lifeboat
more The new committee members report on their plans for the new Rotary year
more The Rotary Club of Southport Links's December Business Meeting
more The Rotary Club of Southport Links Annual General Meeting
more No Meeting - Bank Holiday
more Tonight is a Mystery Night - Meeting at the Royal Clifton Hotel as usual.
more John Gekko Neale hosted a fun Stockbroker Night
more Coronation Street -tonights speaker,writer Cathy Hayes has written many scripts for screen and stage, including several years working on Coronation Street.
more Club Member Wallace Hooper will be giving an entertaining talk entitled Florida Before the Flood
more There will be no meeting tonight as it is Bank Holiday week
more The World Famous Jeff and John's Touch Taste & Smell Quiz- a fun night with partners and guests.
more A new iniative to help children in developing countries carry water more easily.
more The Champions' front page when The Heart of Southport Appeal reached its target. BHF fundraiser Ken Fretwell is our speaker tonight, The rotary Club of Southport Links donated a total of £10,000 to this appeal
more The Rotary Club of Southport Links welcomed DG Roger Heath to our meeting tonight
more Daniel and Laura from the Historia Normannis Re-enactment Group visited the weekly meeting of The Rotary Club of Southport Links.
more Dr Karen Groves, Medical Director of Queenscourt Hospice spoke to us this evening on her involvement with Queenscourt Hospice.
more Graham and Jean Cox - how polio has affected their lives.
more An excellent meeting. Rotarians met Liverpool Blue Badge Guide, Steve Binns and his assistant outside St George's Hall and were treated to a very informative walk around the historic centre of Liverpool.
more Club Members and Guests of The Rotary Club of Southport Links were entertained with a talk by founder of Palace Chemicals and Chairman of Southport Football Club Charlie Clapham MBE
more The Girls from this years GSE team visited the club to talk about their proposed visit to the Amazon in a few weeks time. Take a look at the report for August 15 2012 for their report on their return from this trip of a lifetime.
more An interesting night for club members and our guests as we were treated to a history of car racing on Southport Beach.
more An evening of entertainment has been arranged and will take place at the Royal Clifton.
more Simon Merries (Blind School) will give the presentation this evening at the Royal Clifton.
more A presentation entitled "Southport Movie Makers" is this evening's activity.
more Guest Speaker Michael Barron
more Held at Les Dodd's Snooker Centre in Southport, and organised by Wallace Hooper. This years closely fought competition was won by Rotarian Robin Carter.A worthy winner.
more No meeting tonight due to the Fund Raising Wine Tasting on Friday this week
more The First Annual Challenge Night from Southport Sunrise RC.
more The Rotary Club of Southport Links Handover Meeting.
more The First Business meeting of the new Rotary Year saw the induction to The Rotary Club of Southport Links of new member David Tilleray.
more September's Business Meeting Tonight
more Junes Business Meeting and AGM
more Meet the new council at this year Club Assembly
more Tonights speaker was PC Alistair Bowden from the Merseyside Accident Unit of Merseyside Police
more Jim Houghton gave an illuminating talk of his visit to Romania with International Aid Trust delivering shoeboxes.
more Club member Roger Haydock presents our version of The Great Egg Race.
more Council Meeting at The Presidents house.
more August Council Meeting
more Bill Thomas on The Last Execution to take place in Liverpool.
more September's Business Meeting
more Octobers Council Meeting
more Southern Area Organised Night
more Octobers Business Meeting
more Novembers Council Meeting
more South Central Area Organised Night.
more Decembers Council Meeting
more Film Night with Gary Parker
more Decembers Business Meeting
more No meeting tonight - it's the Christmas Party on Friday!
more President Geoff Bigg presents The Quiz of the Year
more No Meeting tonight - see you all in 2015
more No meeting tonight
more January's Council Meeting
more January's Business Meeting
more Members of Greenbank Interact Club,
more February's Businessand council Meeting
more A hard fought night of table football
more The March Council Meeting
more March Business meeting
more Mo meeting - Charter Night on Friday
more April's Council Meeting
more April's Business Meeting
more No Meeting = Easter
more May's Business Meeting
more Our annual Snooker Tournament followed by an Oriental Feast at Lings on King.
more Terry Keefe and tales of the most infamous shipping disaster of the 20th century
more An out night viewing the magnificent
more The First Business meeting
more A night of fun and fellowship
back The Rotary Club of Southport Links has a programme of regular "Speaker" meetings.