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February 2012

Monday, 13 February 2012

Tragic death of Gordon Allison - Warden, RSPB Elmley Marshes

Tragic death of Gordon Allison - Warden, RSPB Elmley Marshes

The RSPB has announced the following: Gordon Allison RSPB

Gordon Allison
It is with deep sadness that we must announce the death of Gordon Allison, warden of Elmley Marshes reserve, who passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday February 5th. His family has been informed and our thoughts and our support are with them at this very difficult time.

Gordon's career with the RSPB began in 1991 and he has worked at a number of reserves across the country, but Elmley was always a special place for him. Alan Johnson, the reserves manager for Kent said, "The care and dedication he put in to managing the habitat on the reserve was a reflection of his enthusiasm and concern for wildlife. Gordon was a renowned birder and a rare source of knowledge of the distribution and movements of birds in Kent but also travelled widely, particularly to the Indian sub-continent. He was an active member of the Kent Ornithological Society, chairing the Conservation & Surveys Committee.

Gordon was also marvelous company; he was a gentle soul with a dry sense of humour. He had a range of interests that often focused on the quirky and obscure. He wrestled with the Identification of large gull plumages, he went to concerts to listen to bands that no one else had heard of and he supported the equally obscure Glaswegian football team Queens Park.

A person of rare quality who will be greatly missed."

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Car Trip Sunday 12th Feb. 2012 Cancelled

Car Ttrip on Sunday 12th Feb. cancelled due to severe weather.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Yellow wagtail in winter wheat

Next Indoor Meeting Wednesday 8th Feb.

An talk on the important subject of the impact on our birds of farming and countryside management practices by Dr Sue Armstrong-Brown, the RSPB's head of countryside conservation. With loss of set aside payments and pressure on the environmental components of the EU Common Agricultural Policy the issue of wildlife friendly farming and countryside management is more vital than ever for our farmland birds.

Time: 7.15pm for 7.45pm
Price: £3.00 per person

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Book Now for the Minsmere Coach Trip on 15th April

Book Now for the Minsmere Coach Trip on 15th April

It's time to book the Group's popular outing to Minsmere. This year we have a prime slot in April for Spring migrants like Nightingale and Redstart as well as waders in breeding plumage. Don't assume this trip will run and you can book at the last minute. Coaches are expensive to hire and we need to know numbers as soon as possible. The deposit is £10 and bookings can be made at indoor meetings and direct to the Leader Val Bryant at 11 Hastings Road, Bromley BR2 8NZ.