We are trying to get back to our usual programme of activities and hope very much that with suitable precautions we will be able to run our programme of talks in the Autumn. We are very pleased, therefore, to announce the following talk:
Thank you to all our members for supporting this meeting - we are now full to our COVID-safe capacity so: If you would still like to come, please do email email@example.com, as we may establish a waiting list and If you find you are unable after all to attend, please email firstname.lastname@example.org as well!
Dick will contact everyone who has registered with a 'joining instruction' reminder just before the meeting.
Alex is a Tisbury resident and an environmental scientist by training who well understands the complex environmental challenges that face our rivers. He joined the Trust after a spell in the North West as an ecological consultant, carrying out impact assessments for a wide range of infrastructure and restoration projects. Before that he worked for the Environment Agency monitoring fisheries and the environment in the Thames region.
PLEASE NOTE: We apologise for any inconvenience, but to comply with government guidelines we have had to relocate to the Victoria Hall, and make a number of other changes.
There is a limit to the number of people the Victoria Hall can accommodate safely, so we need to limit the number at the meeting to no more than 30.
If you want to come to the meeting you need to register in advance by sending an email to Dick Budden at email@example.com. We will be unable able to admit anyone who has not registered in advance
To arrange seats at suitable distances, we need to know the number of people from the same ‘social bubble’ coming together, please make this clear in your message.
A few days in advance, Dick will send a further message to everyone who registers, with more detail on how we can all manage the evening COVID-safely.
Please also bear in mind that the government guideline is that anyone at increased risk from coronavirus, including anyone aged 70 or over, should stay home as much as possible and, if they do go out, take particular care to minimise contact with others outside their social bubble.
Our next talk will be on: Thursday, 15 October David Waters, Director of the Great Bustard Group Many of us will remember the visit in August last year, when we were able to see these amazing birds in their natural wild habitat, although we would have liked to have been able to get a bit closer. So let's hope we can look forward to some close-ups as well as an update on how the population is developing.
Please put the date in your diary and we will provide full details in due course.
Other invited speakers for Autumn/Winter 2020/21 are as follows but we do not know if it will be possible for these to go ahead, so please
Watch This Space!
PC Neil Turnbull, Wildlife Crime Officer, Wiltshire Police Wildlife Crime
Simon Smart, Black Sheep Countryside Management Farmer conservation groups (plus Xmas party food & drinks)
Bob Gibbons, botanist, photographer and author, Natural History Travel Why is the Isle of Purbeck so special?
Nick Tomalin, RSPB's Wessex Farmland Project Manager The Stone Curleew Conservation Project (plus AGM)
Anna Lewington, ethnobotanist, author of Plants for People and Birch The bounty of birches - the natural history and uses of birches in the northern hemisphere
Tom Morah, Hawk Conservancy Trust The work of the Hawk Conservancy Trust and the National Bird of Prey Hospital.