At the AGM last week Steve Pynegar, the group leader, presented awards to Judith Ostle (in the centre) and Sue Tallents, in recognition of the years of volunteering they have done for the RSPB. In the case of Judith it was 30 years and Sue has done 35 years. It is a testament to their efforts over these years which have taken many forms and we wish them many more years to come.
Details of our first indoor and outdoor meetings can now be found at:
The group committee will be meeting tomorrow night (Weds 4th August) for the first time since lockdown. We hope to be able to report that we have plans to start all group activities from September, provided we consider it safe to do so.
There is a plan for a statue of Emily Williamson, the founder of the Society for the Protection of Birds, which eventually became the RSPB, the UK’s largest conservation charity. It all started with her inviting friends for tea at her home in Didsbury so the statue will be erected in Manchester.
Several versions of the statue have been commissioned and you can vote for your favourite at the web address below. You can also make a donation towards the cost of the statue, if you wish.
The group committee is constantly monitoring the changes to government policy with respect to Covid. We have noted the proposed changes coming later in July and, subject to them being confirmed, the committee is planning to meet in late July or early August to plan a way forward that both meets government guidelines and is considered safe for our members, recognising that the RSPB may have a viewpoint on what we can do.
The committee will be planning for a return to normal business from September 2021. We are hoping to produce an annual newsletter in August and the proposed first meeting in September will be a catchup AGM to tidy up group business and there will also probably be a presentation.
From September, we plan to start the collection of group membership subscriptions. The level of subscription may be subject to ratification by the AGM. The committee will also plan a programme of indoor and outdoor events for the period September 2021 – May 2022.
Please note that because of circumstances this may all change but we feel the need to prepare plans to start up our normal business arrangements as soon as possible.
Further reports will be provided on this website.
Members are reporting that they have seen hedgehogs in their gardens. Below is a video of one, late at night, in a member’s garden.
At the moment we have been advised by the RSPB not to conduct any branch activities before December 31st at the earliest. The RSPB is reviewing the situation on a monthly basis and will be making a further report on September 1st.
We are sad to report that Sally Sinclair, a founder member of the group has died at the age of 99. Her cremation will be at Doncaster Crematorium on Wednesday 12th August at 3pm.
As you probably know, all group activities have ceased with the exception of the committee working together remotely. See the events section of this website for further details.
The recent wet weather has caused problems on some nature reserves. In particular, can you note that the Tophill Low site is closed until at least April.