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Sunday, 27 September 2020

RSPB Shropshire Group - Newsletter no.3 September 2020

RSPB Shropshire Group - Newsletter no.3 September 2020

It's been a while - the weather has been too hot or too wet to do much outside, though my garden enjoyed one delightful morning when sparrows, blue tits, great tits, magpies, jackdaws, starlings, wood pigeons, goldfinches and - to my great surprise - a pair each of greenfinches and yellowhammers - popped in! Not for long, unfortunately, but it was a real treat to see them.
Out on walks I've been spotting butterflies and was recently thrilled to get a couple of good photographs of a comma feeding on blackberries. I've never seen one before.

Your committee has also met and thought hard about the rest of this year and next. We miss you all and very much hope you will want to return, whenever that will be. Steve assures me he has our Programme well in hand but of course nothing definite can be decided for a while yet.

What we expected to be doing was preparing to meet each other again in Bayston Hill Memorial Hill at the end of this month.

Even though the Hall is working hard to enable some small groups to return, sadly we cannot be among them.

The RSPB head office holds a meeting every month and every month I sit in on a ZOOM meeting for Group Leaders to find out what's going on. This is when I can ask them specific questions about our own Shropshire Branch, which do get answered!

No RSPB Groups are currently permitted to organise outdoor or indoor meetings while the government is limiting the numbers of people from different households that can meet. Head Office reviews this every month, and every month there is no change. But we keep on badgering them! Of course, there's nothing stopping anyone going birdwatching; it's just that we can't organise it for you.

Consequently, the Committee has decided NOT to ask for your subs until we are ready to resume meetings. Please don't worry about this. We have enough funds to resume when the time comes and will get in touch with you about it eventually.

Next month you will receive official notification of our AGM. This will be done by email and post and will be kept very simple. The AGM will actually happen in November. It's always a good idea to check in with our website now and then as any changes may happen quickly and this is the quickest way to find out.

Some sad news is that we cannot hold the Charity Card Shop this year, and you all did so well for us last year. I understand that there will be some charities in St Mary's but the RSPB regards this as a public event and won't sanction us taking part. Please bear this in mind for 2021 though when we hope it will be possible again.
RSPB cards can be bought online or from the shop at Lake Vyrnwy but it might be wise to check their availability as building work is scheduled.

The good fundraising news is that Mim has passed on all your used ink cartridges and we have raised £62 for the organisation's funds. Mim asks that we all continue to store them for her as she is prepared to be greeted with a huge bundle on our return!
Anyone who attends car boot or garage sales is invited to use these to raise funds for the RSPB. And if there are people who would like to be trained by the RSPB to be fundraisers, please let me know and I'll pass your details on or ask them to contact you. Similarly, you can become trained to run campaigns or be a recruiter. Just speak up. It's all free.

So, what's your birdwatching news? I can't image that no-one is noticing anything! Have you been to any Reserves? Do you know good places to go and are there any screens? It would be such a boost to hear snippets from lots of members. We might even collect them and send them out as YOUR newsletter! The picture is an Osprey seen at Venus Pool on the day of the West Midlands All Day Bird Watch in September.

Very best wishes

PS From Yvonne and Steve Mancey
Whilst making our first cuppa of the day Steve spotted a kingfisher sitting on the hazel branch placed in good reserve fashion over our pond at the bottom of our garden. We haven't caught sight of one for over a year; they have come in the past to feed on the small minnows which inhabit the pond-there aren't enough to feed them for very long!