Shropshire Ornithological Society

Registered Charity No: 514487
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Breaking News

Work Party at Venus Pool.  There will be a Work Party at VP on Friday, 4 November; please come and help, even if only for an hour or two – there are plenty of jobs to be done, suitable for all!  Please wear suitable clothing and footwear (wellies may be useful!), and bring gloves, hand-tools such as saws and loppers (optional), food and drink.  Please meet in the car-park at 10am.  Note that the work party is on the last of three days of habitat management work on the reserve, starting around 8am; this will include working with a mini-tractor and topper which will be operating in various areas around the reserve, including in the area in front of the hides.  There is likely to be significant disturbance on the reserve at times during all three days.  The reserve will not be closed during this time, but please stay away from any areas where work is taking place, unless you are coming to help. [Graham Walker (Chair, SOS Conservation Committee, Helen J Griffiths (Hon Sec, SOS).]

Vacant Appointments. The Society has a remit to ensure that there is a programme of indoor speakers and a series of field trips throughout year. These have traditionally been carried out by the Indoor Programme Secretary and the Excursion Secretary, respectively. The roles include being members of the Development & Publicity Sub-Committee (D&PSC). Jean Rickard has done an excellent job over the last seven years in organising the annual speakers’ programme and being on hand at each indoor meeting to meet the speakers and sort out any problems. She has now taken on the role of helping Brian Andrews out with the Treasurer’s job and being a member of the Management Committee. As such she has indicated that she would prefer to hand the role over to someone else, having completed a full programme for 2017. The role of Excursion Secretary has been open for nearly 10 years, so the D&PSC have carried out the role of organising the Field Trip programme in the interim. This is a responsible position but is not onerous, and could be shared. It is also enjoyable in many ways, since it involves passing on birding knowledge to members and, hopefully, to the younger generation. It would be of great benefit to the society and its members if there were people within the Society who would enjoy filling these roles. If anyone is interested please get in contact with Sue Brealey or any other Management Committee member to discuss what is involved. [Sue Brealey]

Wetland Bird Survey: Volunteer Counters Required. Surveyors are required to undertake WeBS counts on wetland sites to improve the precision of estimates of wintering populations in Shropshire. Interested persons should contact Michael Wallace, 75 Larkhill Road, Kingswood, Shrewsbury, SY3 8XJ; T: 01743 369035 Email: michaelwallace47@gmail.com. For more information, select this link.

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