Wednesday, 23 December 2020

December Newsletter

As we approach the year end the committee would like to wish all our members a very Happy and healthy Christmas and New Year.

It has been a difficult year for everyone and so disappointing that all our normal Indoor meetings and events have been cancelled. Hopefully we can return to something approaching normal in the not too distant future.

In the meantime we have heard the following from South East Herts Local Group about the Herts Tree Sparrow Project:

The Tree Sparrow colony resident in the Tyttenhanger Gravel pits area, close to Colony Heath and St Albans, is the only colony of these birds remaining in Hertfordshire. It is also the largest of only 3 colonies remaining in the South East.
The area in question is currently being threatened by a very large housing development with a decision on the development going ahead scheduled for spring 2021. A Working Group has been created in which the South East Herts Members Group is supporting the Herts Bird Club and the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust in opposing the planning application.
The Working Group has developed a Facebook Page and a Facebook Group to highlight the importance of the Tree Sparrows and the site and provide more details of the project. Both pages are at an early stage and more info/content will be posted in due course.
We would appreciate you making the existence of the Facebook page and Group known to your members and asking those who use Facebook to 'like' the page and join the Group. The more 'likes' the page receives, and members join the group, will help make these pages appear more in Google searches therefore further raising the profile of the project.
I am sure some of your members may have visited the site but as well as the Tree Sparrows it is possible to see a further 70 species in one day. We are therefore hoping to save the site for all its wildlife.
A link to the group is shown below.