Film nights are off to a flyer

Galloway RSPB’s local group is offering people the chance to watch one of the world’s most spectacular bird migrations with a series of free film evenings.

“Born to Fly” is a documentary that follows the journey of the common crane – one of the world’s highest flying birds – on its epic autumn migration. Each year, these birds fly south from their breeding grounds in northern Europe, across the continent to the sun-drenched “dehesa” oak woodlands of Spain and Portugal, where they spend the winter.

A quarter of a million cranes on mainland Europe undertake this gruelling voyage, but one-third of each year’s new young cranes don’t survive long enough to reach their destination. The RSPB’s film unit is there every step of the way to capture the most heart-warming and harrowing moments, including the breathtaking crossing of the Pyrenees.

During production, the RSPB’s cameraman Toby Hough spent more than 300 days filming on location in some of Europe’s wildest corners. He said: “Born to Fly is the most ambitious and challenging project the RSPB has ever filmed.”

So why not grab some popcorn and head along to a showing near you? Copies of the DVD and special common crane badges will be on offer for a donation on the night. Admission is free but donations are welcome.

Born to Fly will be showing at the following venues.

March 5: Kirkcudbright Lesser Town Hall, 7.30-9.30pm; March 6: Wigtown Town Hall, 7-9pm; March 9: Dumfries Day Centre, 7.30-9.30pm; March 10: Dalry Town Hall, 2-4pm; March 12: Dalbeattie Masonic Hall, 7.30-9.30pm; March 13: Castle Douglas Parish Church Hall, 7.30-9.30pm; March 14: RSPB Mersehead, 2-4pm.