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Updated 19 February, 2018


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! NEW ! 19/02/18 Our recorder Andy Hirst runs bird tours in the UK and Europe. He currently has 2 places available on hisUltimate Scotland Tour. This is a 12-13 day tour taking in the Highlands & Islands of North & North West Scotland. For more information visit

! NEW ! 05/02/18 Following on from our AGM, all the current officers have been reelected en-bloc. Click here for details of who does what. We do still have several vacancies, so if you can spare a few hours a month, why not help out with the running of the group.

21/01/18 Five members took part in the field trip to Alder Fen today The day started bitterly cold but dry. Our first stop was Candy Corner where we walked east along the flood bank of the River Torne. Here we found a pair of Stonechat, a Buzzard, many Fieldfare, Meadow Pipit and Linnet. Our attention was drawn to several hundred geese dropping onto fields at Candy Farm, so it back to the cars and a walk west along the river. The first geese were a large flock of Greylag Geese and Canada Geese,but pressing on there were hundreds of Pink-footed Geese and on inspection we found 5 White-fronted Geese. Our next stop was Tunnel Pits which proved to be very quiet with little more than a Kestrel. It was now starting to rain slightly so we started to drive slowly towards the farm shop cafe looking for the Whooper Swans en-route. We soon located the flock and estimated around 80 present. When we left the cafe the rain had turned to snow but our hardy team did not consider it severe enough to stop us so we drove to Misson to walk along the bank of the River Idle. This produced more of the same with another pair of Stonechat, 2 more Buzzard, 2 more Kestrel and many Fieldfare. Geoff and Lyn Facer.

Did you receive a smart phone for Christmas? Did know SK58 Birders has it's own Bird News Service? We have a "WhatsApp" group dedicated to broadcasting immediate bird news to members. It works on either iPhone and Android phones. Simply download the free app from the store on your device- then let our Recorder have your mobile phone number. You'll be added to the group, and then you'll receive news and updates on SK58 Birds straight to your phone.

18/01/18 You may have noticed the hide at NAPT is looking rather resplendent nowadays, having had the vandalism repaired and a fresh lick of paint to the exterior. Many thanks a a job well done to the TCV (The Conservation Volunteers) who manage the site.

TCV staff @ the hide, NAPT (from TCV Facebook page)

15/01/18 A new feature is a running Species List for the current year and what will be an Species List Archive of each years species lists. At the time of writing we've 69 species recorded so far within SK58 this year- if you've seen a species not on our 2018 list then do send the recorder a report. The Species List can be accessed via the links above or from the Latest Bird News Page or the Species List Page.

02/01/18 We now have a spare key for the hide at NAPT. Any current member is eligible to hold a key to the hide on the proviso they are willing to give up a Saturday morning, once every six weeks, from 0800-1100 between March and October to open the hide to the public and advise what's around. Of course being a key holder you can visit the hide 24/7. If you wish to be considered for the key, contact any of the group organisers.

01/01/18 A reminder to submit all your SK58 bird records (database/ spreadsheet or paper forms) to the recorder ASAP so they can be correlated and added to the database.

11/12/17 A reminder the January indoor meeting is our AGM, this only takes twenty mins or so, then a guest speaker. Currently all the current incumbents are willing to stand for re-election, however if you wish to stand for one of the posts or offer help towards any current vacancies (Secretary & Publicity Officer), then by all means contact the chairman to confirm your interest.

11/12/17 "Wishing you a Merry Christmas & Peaceful New Year"- from the organisers of SK58 Birders

11/12/17 Each year, South Anston Methodist Church invite local groups/societies to participate in their Festival of Trees. SK58, in what is their twenty-fifth year decided to join the ever-growing number of contributors for the first time. With a theme of the 'Twelve Days of Christmas' the organisers asked our group to be responsible for the 'Two Turtle Doves'.

SK58 "Festival of Tree"s entry @ South Anston Methodist Church © Allan Parker

Thus ours became an 'alternative' Christmas Tree. Willow branches formed the basis for the display which contained a nest for our summer-visiting doves (two fine porcelain specimens). Some of our smaller resident birds also perched in the tree alongside other more seasonal decorations. The plight of the Turtle Dove was explained within an appropriate text whilst an excellent example of Alan Parker's photography showed the bird in its pomp.

Other group members had busied themselves completing embroideries of the subject bird in the weeks prior to the festival and these were important and impressive inclusions.

However it was Sue Parker who assumed responsibility for producing not only a vibrant celebration of the 'Second Day of Christmas' but also a great advert for SK58 Birders. The bar has indeed been set high for the future!

07/12/17 A group of 26 members enjoyed a good night of festive fun on December 2nd, when we all those present took part in our joint 25th Anniversary/ Christmas Meal. The room was bedecked with trimmings, complete with tree and festive background music. Aside from the excellent food, we had a quiz and lots of banter. It was a great way to meet informally, enjoy some Christmas fare and see out 2017, our 25th anniversary year.

Members @ The Loyal Trooper © Andy Hirst

Members @ The Loyal Trooper © Andy Hirst

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