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May 2012

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Coach Trip to the Scottish Bird Fair

I'm hoping to purchase the tickets for the bird fair in the next couple of weeks. We still have places available on the coach so if you would like to go, or you know others who may want to go, then please let me know. The cost of the coach is £9 and for the Bird Fair £8.

Please see link below for more information on the fair.

http://www.scottishbirdfair.org.uk/

Also, if you would like to volunteer and help out at the fair for a few hours during the Sunday, you will be given free entry and refreshments throughout the day as a thank-you. For more information on volunteering at the Scottish Bird Fair please e-mail katie.cullen@rspb.org.uk or phone her on 0131 317 4100. If you have a confirmation of volunteering and have already paid then please let me know and I will refund your entry fee.

See you all soon,

Margaret Brown
Leader
Renfrewshire RSPB Local Group

Saturday, 12 May 2012

Annual Plant Sale

I just wanted to give you a gentle reminder that the indoor meeting of the 4 May will be the last day for you to bring in any donations you have for our Plant Sale on the 12 May (and our Gala event that is still in production). As most of you will be aware the Plant Sale is our biggest money raising event of the year so the more prizes we have for the tombola/raffle, the more money we can raise. All the funds help with the running of our group and our events and it allows us to make a generous contribution toward the RSPB to help with conservation. We welcome bottles/cans of all shapes and sizes from tomato sauce to champagne (I wish), bubble bath to baked beans. Any unwanted gifts that you know will just stay in your house and collect dust we will also welcome. Books/CDs/DVDs in good condition would also be great to sell. Whatever you can spare would really really be appreciated......especially any home baking which always flies of the tables.

As always we are looking for people to help out on the day even if it's just an hour or two. If you can help then please let me or any of the committee members know.

Margaret Brown
Group Leader

Friday, 4 May 2012

Binoculars

AGM and Members' Night

The evening began with a short but fascinating talk on bird ringing by Hayley Douglas who works for Muirshiel Country Park. Hayley outlined the difficulties of living on an island where there are no mod cons and detailed the problems of catching and ringing large, unhelpful, sea birds who nest in places where access is difficult (to say the least). It was a wonderful insight into the world of bird ringing, a largely amateur and expensive hobby that gives us lots of good information on the movement of birds.

Hayley's talk was followed by tea and cream scones which were greatly approved of by the assembled membership!

The AGM followed with a review of the past year given in the manner of a political election address by our Group Leader, Margaret Brown. The financial statement was approved and the main office bearers were reappointed for another year. Unfortunately, four members of the committee resigned and their positions remain vacant at present. Notwithstanding, the tone of the AGM was very positive with membership going up and increased attendance at our outdoor activities, and we are looking forward to the next session in a confident mood.

Jim Sutherland