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Group News 2004
Updated February 25, 2019


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24/11/04 Roger Mitchell from Potteric Carr gave a thoroughly complete and interesting development of perhaps our nearest proper nature reserve, showing how Potteric has developed, and continues to delve over the past 30 years.

27/10/04 Our indoor meeting was a technophobes nightmare, as Andy Hirst explained and displayed everything from digi-scoping with a Coolpix to the groups very expensive Canon Xl1s and 200mm, superfast lens, showing what magnifications and image quality could be achieved.

24/10/04 We have just added a form for all your enquiries, or reports of birds. This can be accessed via our contacts page

30/09/04 We are having a Christmas social again, this time returning to the old favourite of a buffet at the Loyal Trooper. It's on Friday 17th December. Ticket only , £7.50p from Lyn Facer (see contacts). This year we will have a leisurely buffet with plenty of time to chat and catch up. They will be a raffle, so prizes if you please on the night, with the odd, brief, light hearted slide show. Book early, number limited. Andy Hirst still has bits of birding gear for sale.

29/09/04 Allan and Susan Parker gave us, as usual, a stunning presentation, this time on the the island of Cyprus. Based in southern Cyprus Allan toured the hot spots taking stunning pictures as he went-what's next Alan?

25/08/04 At our indoor meeting (extra meeting, we don't usually bother in August), a special visitor in the shape of Diana receives a thank-you book from chairman Mick ClayDiana Vulpe from Romania gave us an insight into this superb part of Europe, encompassing the the Carpathian mountains to the Danube Delta. It's little wonder over 200 species can be seen in ten day tour. Diana's website.

07/08/04 The plans for the hospice and access road have, unfortunately been approved, this despite RMBC receiving over 100 letters of objection. If any disturbance occurs to nesting LRP's in 2005, then we will attempt to enforce prosecutions.

19/07/04 A tiny amphibian could be the saving grace for the proposed road along the pit top (see below). Apparently Great Crested Newts have been recorded several times in Cramfit Brook and associated waters. This species is given very special protection on account of being so rare. This means a full environmental survey will have to take place next spring. Lets hope common sense prevails and they put the road on the western side of the site and leave the pit top nature reserve alone. We estimate the council has received over 100 letters of objection to the road.

14/07/04 Our annual trip to Budby was slightly disappointing. A dullish but mild evening produced just one sighting for one of the party, however at least 3-4 churring birds were heard. Perhaps the storm from the previous Thursday has had a disastrous effect on nests/ eggs and young. The group had a successful event at Harthill Carnival. This was a great opportunity for the group to push the objection of the proposed road at NAPT. Over 30 people signed pre-printed letters, which were handed to the planning dept. of Rotherham Council.

10/07/04 It's come to our attention that a road is proposed to go in along the SW boundary of the newly created nature reserve at North Anston Pit Top. This would devastate the the only remaining bit of marsh and scrub at Cramfit, which holds breeding Turtle Dove, Reed Warbler, Willow Tit, Bullfinch, Lesser Whitethroat, as well as 2 schedule one species. PLEASE WRITE AND OBJECT TO THIS PLAN. Please print off a copy of a petition letter by clicking here. Or if you wish to object more personally, the a copy of the salient points can be found by clicking here. Please send your objections by July 16th to: Chris Wilkins, Planning Officer, RMBC, Bailey House, Rawmarsh Road, Rotherham, S60 1TD. And quote Ref: RB2004/ 1184-Thank You. Please use this letter that we wrote as guidance only, and don't copy it word for word.

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29/06/04 Our June meeting proved to be a very interesting one. We received news of plans to put a road on the pit top (see above). The highlight was, however the welcome return of Pete Brown who gave a very interesting., Entertaining, and humorous account of his local "French Patch" the Vende.

26/05/04 Our May meeting was a very interesting as Jonathan Walker from Renaissance gave a detailed an informative talk on the redevelopment of North Anston Pit Top, including past present ad future plans.

26/04/04 Please note a change of Speaker for our April meeting. Steve Knell is away in Ireland, so it's a warm and welcome return to Pete Brown.

16/04/04 It's come to light that someone is illegally shooting along the Chesterfield Canal. We know Little Grebe, Mallard and Tufted Duck have been shot so far. If you go down there, then please be vigilant, and report any incident straight to the police.

07/04/04 The tetrads have been allocated, but if you want to get involved I'm sure most people would welcome help with theirs. On March 31st Geoff Facer gave a colourfully illustrated account of his and Lyn's trip to Peru. The countryside, birds butterflies and plants really brought home by Geoff how varied this country is-Thanks Geoff.

22/03/04 The tetrads for the 2004 Tetrad Atlas Survey are going fast, don't delay call Andy and reserve your 2km x 2km tetrad now

25/02/04 Our monthly meeting was well attended. Despite the grim weather. We were rewarded with a superb talk and slides from local photographer John Lintin Smith. An engaging talk on nesting birds, superbly illustrated. We look forward to a return visit by John soon.

31/01/04 At the AGM the organising committee were re-elected en-bloc, afterwards Andy Hirst gave an illustrated talk on Birdwatching in the Scottish Highlands. Don't forget this year is Tetrad Atlas Survey year. Would participants last time please contact Andy Hirst.

23/01/04 Our AGM on the 25th, do please attend and have your say. Also it's Tetrad Atlas Year, so we will be asking for your help to cover SK58. Details to follow.

11/01/04 Seven group members enjoyed another great winter weekend in Norfolk. Although no Bean Geese were found, Cranes and raptors were ample substitution at Horsey. Sunday was more coastal with Snow Buntings and Shorelark at Holkham. Some enjoyed good views of a Rough-legged Buzzard at Flitcham.

06/01/04 Just a reminder that the AGM takes place at the January meeting. Nominations for the electoral positions to Mick Clay before the AGM.

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