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.

Events

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.

A polite reminder

Would any member of the Islay Mist 2019 team who has yet to pay the balance of the personal contribution of £75.00 per head please do so by the 18 Aug 2019 to Jan Knight.

Thankyou

Ken Earnshaw

RAFOS at the Somerset Levels Fri 31 May – Sun 2 Jun 19.

The plan is that we meet at the Avalon Marshes Centre, (post code is  BA6 9TT), on Friday 31 May.  It lies between Westhay to the north and Shapwick to the south on Shapwick Road.

I’m suggesting between 1.00 – 2.00 for a spot of lunch.  That should give people travelling some distance time to get there.

If you need to contact me, you arrive early for instance or you’re going to be late, my mobile number is 07971 570347.  

The post code for the Premier Inn is BA6 9FW. 

Pete Evans

Jon Orme’s funeral

The funeral of Jon Orme will take place at 16:00 on Friday 15th March at the

South Oxford Crematorium, OX13 5PA

A reception will follow at:

The Cosener’s House

Abbey Close

Abingdon OX14 3JD

Would those intending to attend the reception please contact Pete Evans at pete.whooper@hotmail.co.uk