News archive

October 2013

Saturday, 19 October 2013

THANK YOU FROM US ALL

THANK YOU FROM US ALL

TWO of the best known personalities in Bolton Local Group have been recognised by the RSPB for their many years of voluntary work.
Eric and Philippa Howarth, from Tottington, were the toast of the group at the October slide show when they were presented with a framed, limited edition print of wading avocets - striking "trademark" of the RSPB charity. Local Groups Officer Carol Tresadern travelled down from Lancaster to make the presentation and pay glowing tribute to them for their work.
The retired couple, who for many years ran a hairdressing salon in Walshaw village, near Bury, have always been interested in the natural world and began their involvement with Bolton RSPB Group (the word Local wasn't in the title then) many years ago when it met at Bolton School in Chorley New Road.
Eric served on the committee for more than 20 years and was probably best known for the years he was joint organiser of the outdoor programme of coach and car trips and walks. Until the end of last season, he did the front-of-house introductions and announcements at indoor events.
He stepped down from the committee at the end of last season through ill health.
Philippa was the ever-smiling face on the sales goods stall, for many years helping sales goods organiser Chris Johnson and then taking over the number one role when Chris and Tony Johnson stepped down. She worked in three different locations - Bolton School, Smithills School and, latterly, Canon Slade School.
Eric said: "The RSPB is a wonderful organisation and we have really enjoyed volunteering."
The good news is that it is not the end of Eric and Phlippa's involvement with the group. They are continuing as group members and are still as keen as ever when it comes to bird watching, particularly on their regular jaunts in North Norfolk and on the Greek island of Lesvos.
CAPTION. Carol Tresadern is pictured, left, with Philippa and Eric Howarth

Saturday, 19 October 2013

EVERY PICTURE WILL TELL A STORY

EVERY PICTURE WILL TELL A STORY

THIS shot of Winter Hill by John Gofton is a past winner of the landscape section of our annual photographic competition.
But this season, we are having a change and we will be holding an exhibition of members' photos, instead of a head-to-head competition.
See the full details in the news section and start rooting out those prints...

Saturday, 5 October 2013

GLOSSY FINISH

GLOSSY FINISH

FOUR glossy ibis added some end-of-September sparkle to the local birding scene when they turned up on the edge of the moors above Bolton.
Watchers and photographers thronged the area around Bob's Smithy pub on Chorley Old Road for the rare treat of having these magnificent, iridescent birds just a few yards away, feeding furiously in the fields and completely unfazed by passing walkers and even dogs.
By Oct 3, it was assumed the birds had flown when there was no sign of them off Chorley Old Road.
But then, early in the morning of Oct 3, Anne Bohren, wife of our late magazine editor Richard, was walking her dog round High Rid Reservoir when she spotted the birds feeding on a newly ploughed field.
Again they provided perfect opportunities for photos, even though the day was overcast and dull.
Although they are common in southern Europe, vagrants turn up fairly frequently in southern England and, with increasing frequency, further north.
But with rising global temperatures, there are high hopes that ibises could become breeding birds in the UK, just like little egrets.
It seems Bolton hit lucky in a boom year for glossy ibises in Britain. Midway through October people have still been getting good views of them in the area of Bob's Smithy and the fields leading down towards High Rid and Old Kiln Lane.

Saturday, 5 October 2013

WELL URNED

WELL URNED

THESE four fantastic people have received long service awards from the RSPB - and boy have they urned it.

While we are watching the slide shows, they are busy behind the scenes and each of them has been preparing and serving the refreshments at "half time" for more than 20 years. They are now working in their third venue at Canon Slade, after years of doing the same voluntary job at Bolton School and then Smithills School.

From the left at the urn are Lena Lowe, Kath Haydock, Lena's husband Mike, and Donald Hart. Dot Street, who works alongside them, had already received her long service award.

Their certificates and badges were presented by Holly Page at the start of Adrian Drummond-Hill's slide show on the Middle East.