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December 2019

Sunday, 22 December 2019

This isn't just any fund raising .... this is M&S fund raising !

This isn't just any fund raising .... this is M&S fund raising !

This year the Local Group teamed up with the staff from RSPB Burton Mere Wetland to raise sufficient funds to upgrade the current IMF hide to one that was accessible to all. This involves creating a new boardwalk through the reed bed, upgrading the path and bridge to the IMF hide and replacing the old hide with a new one that has ramp access and is wide enough to accommodate wheelchairs. The total cost of the upgrade project is £95,000 .... a huge sum but one that is worth it to enable people with limited access to enjoy all the hides on this wonderful reserve. Thanks to generous donations from local bird watching families, the 'project' has been given a kick start ! We at the local group have also been busily fund raising .... holding secondhand book sales, applying for grants etc.. In June, thanks to the hard work of Fiona and Karen (two volunteers at BMW who work at M&S), the project was nominated as charity of the year at the M&S store in Chester. The lovely staff at M&S have been doing a variety of activities at the store to raise money for the project, so far collecting a staggering £4,800. Thanks to each and every one of you for your generosity !! The local group teamed up with staff at M&S Chester to do a 'bag pack' in the Food Hall over the weekend and, although the money raised has yet to be counted, we have certainly raised hundreds of pounds for the project. Our thanks go to Carole, Brian, Chris, Andrea, George, Kath, Hugh, Karen and Jeremy (Saturday) and Steve, Pat, Derek, Julia, Terry and Beth (Sunday) who were the 'packers' who, despite this being a very busy period, gave up their spare time to raise money for this project. Finally, our thanks go the staff at M&S Chester for all their help over the two days and, in particular, Amy Jones. An update will be posted once we know the exact amount raised over the weekend. Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and happy New Year !

Saturday, 7 December 2019

Cors Ddyga RSPB, Anglesey certainly has the 'cor !' factor

Cors Ddyga RSPB, Anglesey certainly has the 'cor !' factor

The weather forecasters said that the wind and rain wouldn't arrive until late afternoon .... well they were wrong !! As we arrived just after 9.15am at Cors Ddyga, the RSPB reserve near Malltraeth on Anglesey, the wind was already blowing hard and the dampness was in the air. The weather conditions made birding difficult as the birds kept well hidden in the vegetation. Although we found several Goldcrest unfortunately the Firecrest, that had been on site for a few days, eluded us. A nice find was a Grey Wagtail feeding in a shallow ditch by the side of the path, this lovely bird making a colourful splash on what was a dull morning. Plenty of Redwing and Fieldfare flying around between the berry laden trees and a Stonechat feeding off one of the barbed wire fences was about the only small bird we saw in the open ! Walking past the wet meadows we could see, and hear, plenty of Wigeon and Teal that were feeding in the wet grass. A lovely drake Pintail amongst the Shoveller and Mallard made a pleasant surprise. We found at least 8 Whooper Swan feeding amongst a flock of Mute Swan on one of the distant grass fields. Distant but reasonable views of a Red Kite flying added to the other raptors of Marsh Harrier and Kestrel seen that morning. After lunch we moved on to the Inland Sea to discover, despite the worsening weather, 10+ Goldeneye, 6 Red breasted Merganser, 20+ Brent Geese, a few Great crested Grebe plus small flocks of Dunlin, Redshank and the odd Grey Plover. Although cold, windswept and wet we all agreed that it had been a productive day !