Amazing! After two or three years of fruitless discussion, a small sub-committee was appointed at the end of last year, and within a few weeks, the island at Big Lodge, Birkacre, was designed and constructed - on time and within budget! The Carpenter's Tale appears later in this Newsletter.
The winter season of evening lectures has finished for another year, but already Colin Smith has completed next season's programme, which again looks full of interest and variety. The full programme is listed at the end of this Newsletter. Please insert the dates into your diaries.
The remainder of the summer
evening walks programme is also listed.
Please note that the walk in June has been moved to a Saturday afternoon
(26th) and is to be combined with a picnic at
Once again, please can I appeal for all your records - flora, fungi, insects, birds, amphibians and mammals - so that we have sufficient information to continue publishing the newsletter and reports. All the recorders are feverishly beavering away, as I write, in putting together their individual reports for the annual report, which they could not do without your contributions. I know that Carol Kellett is always desperately short of flora records, so anything at all that you have will be gratefully received.
Similarly, any articles that you could submit for the newsletter will be welcomed with open arms. It is particularly important, during the summer recess, not to forget that the work of producing the newsletter goes on. There's no rest for the wicked!
Finally, and fingers crossed, it appears that the threat to Lower Burgh Meadow has receded for the time being at least. At the moment, it remains alive with the song of Skylark, Sedge Warbler and Reed Bunting, interspersed with the reeling of Grasshopper Warbler. Long may it remain so!
Neil Southworth (Editor)