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Updated 18 February, 2019


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! NEW ! 17/02/2019 "Beautiful walk round Shireoaks Pit Top"

All photos @ Shireoaks © Pete Kenworthy

04/02/2019 At the end of January the group held it's indoor meeting & AGM. The AGM was brief and all the current post holders were reelected (click here to see who carries which role). We were delighted to elect Mick Clay to the role of Conservation Officer and Paul Bloor to the role of Membership Development Officer. Following the reports from the various group organisers Geoff Facer gave the group a wader ID masterclass, which seemed a popular format of question and answers, using various audio visual props. Something I'm sure we'll do again. We also welcomed six new members to the group.

22/01/2019 In an attempt to encourage Peregrines to nest in the area, Mick Clay constructed a nesting platform and sought permission to place it on the parapet at the church in South Anston. On Sunday several members helped Mick put the platform in position. Lets hope they make use of it!

Narrow stairway up the tower
Bells in tower dated 1871


Peregrine platform
South Anston Church

Mick & John
Mick placing platform in position


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Graveyard from parapet- all photos © Andy Hirst

14/01/2019 We heard today that planning consent has been given for Firbeck Hall. Details of the development into apartments along with planning conditions/plans etc... can be found here

01/01/2019 A HAPPY NEW YEAR! A reminder the group holds it's AGM at the 30th January indoor meeting. Anyone wishing to stand or offer help with the running of the group should let the recorder- Andy Hirst know prior the the AGM. We currently have several positions to fill, covering the Secretary's role and Publicity/ Membership Development. And of course any help with general tasks would be greatly appreciated.

A further reminder to submit all of your 2018 records to the Recorder ASAP, so we can correlate and pass them on to the YNU. We have a database which you can use to enter your records, or an Excel spreadsheet, which means we can input your records directly in to the groups master database. However records are welcome in any format.

We've reviewed the list of species which require descriptions and have removed Marsh Harrier from this list. Given the increase of this species around SK58 (Idle Valley, Potteric etc...) the number of records will no doubt increase, making Marsh Harrier less scarce locally.

25/12/2018 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 search, download and install the free "Whats App" 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 as well as being able to broadcast to other members, any good birds you find within the square.

17/12/2018 Mick Clay informs us the farmer has planted 3 larger trees at Axle Lane and will look again in the spring to see if he needs to plant anymore. If you recall an overzealous employee chopped down all the trees the group planted a few years ago (scroll down for full story).

Don't forget at the January indoor meeting, we hold our brief AGM. At this moment in time, all the current incumbents in the various roles are willing to stand for another year. However we do have several vacancies within the group, so if you are interested in possibly becoming our Secretary, Publicity/ Membership Development Officer, or simply wish to offer some time towards group activities and events, then do please let Andy Hirst know before the AGM, ideally before the Organisers meeting on the 23rd January so we can ensure you make your intentions known at the AGM.

08/12/2018 Once again SK58 Birders have contributed a tree to the South Anston Methodist Church Tree & Light Festival. And once again, thanks to Susan Parker and Paul Tennyson we have adorned a tree, plus an environmental message reflecting the groups interests. click here for further details and opening times to view the trees and lights.

SK58 Christmas tree @ South Anston Methodist Church© Allan Parker ASP

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