RAFOS AGM. A note from Martin Routledge

The RAFOS AGM in November has been postponed until 20 March 2021. The astute among you may well have already put two and two together and come up with four reasons why the Committee has decided to postpone the AGM. First, there is this nasty little virus going around and although things seem to be improving, we are far from out of the woods yet – so the Mess may not be open for business as usual in November. Next, even if it is open there may still be several ‘frequent flyers’ to the AGM in the VP category (that’s Valuable Person) who may not be able to travel to the venue – we might not make a quorum and more importantly everyone’s health is a primary concern. Then, even if we did manage to put it all together there is a strong chance we might have to cancel at short notice if things took a turn for the worse as winter approaches. Finally, we felt a move to a spring AGM might be worth trying anyway as the recent AGM survey reported in the last edition of the Newsletter, though not conclusive, did show a slight preference for a spring meeting. Therefore, the Committee have decided the November AGM is postponed to 20 March 2021 with the expectation it will take place at High Wycombe on that date. In the meantime, the Committee will continue to make sensible decisions about funding expeditions such as WINTER DUCK and ISLAY MIST among other things until we can restore a more normal service. Stay safe folks and good birding.

Somerset Levels 17-19 Apr 2020

It is with great regret, but unavoidable, that the planned visit by RAFOS to this venue has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic and the necessary restrictions on movement and association.

Peter Tithecott

Sad news received today 3rd March 2020 that Pete Tithecott has passed away. He joined RAFOS in about 1965 as I recall but dropped out of the society some years ago. An engaging character he was always good company particularly on expeditions but we understand he lost his wife a few years ago. Notified by Fran Eggby via Karen Sims.

JNCC Survey – Outer Hebrides

The JNCC have asked RAFOS to mount an expedition to survey the length and breadth of the Outer Hebrides such that this is the initial trawl for members wishing to participate.

Likely dates are 14th – 28th June 2020 and with the general format and travel arrangements established on previous RAFOS JNCC surveys.

Keith Cowieson is the co-ordinator.


The Winter Duck annual Wetland Birds survey in Northern Scotland is due to commence on 25 January so here’s hoping all goes well.

The next RAFOS event is the Somerset Levels visit on 17 – 19 April 2020 based in Glastonbury. Co-Ordinator is Pete Evans.

AGM Minutes

The minutes and appendices of the 2019 AGM are at ‘About/AGM/AGM Minutes/2019’

Val Kersley

Val was the widow of Reg Kersley and both were staunch supporters of RAFOS since it’s inception and also were founder members of the Singapore branch of RAFOS. Hers was a regular presence at the Annual General Meetings of RAFOS and also at weekend gatherings at Portland, Chew, etc, where, amongst other things, she prepared lunches and evening meals for the members.

She passed away in October and will be sadly missed.

Her funeral took place on Wed 13 Nov 2019 at the West Wiltshire Crematorium, Trowbridge, Wilts and was attended by family members and friends including six RAFOS members. Eulogies and appropriate music were a fitting and moving tribute to Val.