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April 2020

Tuesday, 28 April 2020

RSPB Shropshire Local Group: you're not forgotten!

RSPB Shropshire Local Group: you're not forgotten!

Hello Shropshire RSPB Group Member

Most importantly, I do hope that each and every one of you is keeping well and that those people who are special to you, wherever they are, are managing to avoid infection.

It is a very strange time that we find ourselves in and on current knowledge it looks likely to persist for some time. How fortunate we all are to have an interest that comes to us as we stay at home but are not without our birds!

I don't know about you but I am seeing more goldfinches coming to my feeder and several regular dunnocks hopping about the garden. My sparrows and great tits are doing me an enormous favour by combing through the rose bushes and pecking off the spiders and any aphids that dare to appear! The starlings get in first to the mealworms but I think I have thwarted them by using a new feeder which doesn't have perches, only a platform at the base which they find too small to cling to for very long. That way my blue tits get a look in. I have a little family of great tits in the nest box and observed one delivering caterpillars at the weekend.

I'm sure many of you are seeing far more exciting birds because you live in a wide variety of habitats. It would be good to hear about any of your sightings.
I know that June Jennings saw a red kite flying past her Shrewsbury back garden recently. She thinks it was possibly following the river in the distance.

We are not likely to be able to go out together bird watching for several months, perhaps not even for the rest of this year, though I'd love us to be able to join Ian on the planned Outdoor Meetings again. Sadly I have had to postpone the planned coach trip in June until 2021. Similarly, there is no indication that Bayston Hill Memorial Hall will be allowed to host large gatherings but I am keeping my fingers crossed for at the very least our December celebration. It's still on as far as I am concerned!

I know that Steve has been in touch with the speakers that he booked for this year and is making every effort to book them in 2021 for whenever they are available. We will have a programme but it might just look a tad familiar!

The Regional Office is keeping in touch with me and very much has our Group's interests at heart. I had a long conversation with George Lee-Harris, our supporter at the Birmingham HQ, last week and he seems very understanding and accepting of all the challenges that groups like ours will be facing. We remain hopeful.

I don't plan to bombard you with newsletters like this but it seemed right to contact you on what would have been the last meeting of our Indoor season until the autumn. I shall keep you informed as soon as I have anything to pass on.

With my very best wishes,

Jane Muscroft
Group Leader



Sunday, 19 April 2020

Birdwatching in trying times

Birdwatching in trying times

Hello all, firstly the Committee hope that you are all safe and well, as the migration is well under way there is a frustration that we can't get out in this wonderful weather and enjoy. What I would say is that those who have gardens or, I am sure most of us have a local walk that they can manage as our dedicated 'exercise'. I have been keeping a 'lockdown list' which has grown to over 50 birds, at this time of the year the Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps and Whitethroats are now all with us. Swallows and Martins are increasing their numbers
and the first Cuckoo has been heard and seen in North Shropshire. So take heart, the birds are still out there and can be enjoyed responsibly. As soon as we know that we can meet again the Committee will let you know.

Sunday, 19 April 2020

RSPB LOCAL GROUPS EVENTS 2020

All events listed were planned but are currently on hold in line with government stipulations. Please do not expect any indoor meetings or guided walks as listed until further notice.