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News and updates from the ISBG

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Everyone at ISBG would like to wish our members and readers a Happy and Bird Filled New Year! Many thanks for your continued support in 2016 and look forward to seeing some of you in the new year!

2014 Bird and Natural History Review

2014 ReviewIf you are visiting Scilly, please pick up your copy from the October log commencing Sat 3rd. If you are on the Islands before that date you can pick up a copy from Lyonnesse House on The Strand. Otherwise copies will be posted out to paid up members in due course.

The review is also available direct from the Membership secretary for £15.00. Please email Carole Cilia at ISBGMembership@btinternet.com with your address details making all cheques payable to The Isles of Scilly Bird Group.

Rare Whale in Scilly Waters!!

On Friday 20th February a whale was seen and photographed close inshore in Par Bay, St. Martin’s. From the photos it  has been identified by experts  as a Bow-headed Whale. This is the first record of this Arctic species for Britain and Europe!

 

 

Looking for Accommodation on Scilly this Year?

DSC_5244Lin and Dave Hennessey have opened The Old Chapel in Old Town on St Mary’s on the Isles of Scilly, offering 2 rooms B&B from January 2015

“At The Old Chapel we offer a warm welcome, we want you to feel at home, both of our spacious double rooms offer all you need for a comfortable stay, along with a good home cooked breakfast to set you up for the day, as you explore the beautiful sights the islands have to offer”.

ISBG Members are offered a 10% discount when you quote your ISBG membership. For more information and Booking got to: http://www.theoldchapelislesofscilly.co.uk/

Eastern Black Redstart 2, Shark's Pit, 01.12.14, Martin Goodey

The ISBG would like to extend our sincere thanks for your continued support in 2014. Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year! Hope to see some of you on the islands in 2015!

2013 Review – Now Avaliable

Scilly Report 2013If you are visiting Scilly, please pick up your copy from the October log commencing Sat 4th. If you are on the Islands before that date you can pick up a copy from Lyonnesse House on The Strand. Otherwise copies will be posted out to paid up members in due course.

The review is also available direct from the secretary or for £12.00 plus £3.50 p & p. Please email Alan Hannington at lyonnesse-scilly@tiscali.co.uk with your address details making all cheques payable to The Isles of Scilly Bird Group. Thank you

OCTOBER IS HERE!!! – Bird Log and Trails

The bird log will again be held in the Scillonian Club from Saturday October to Friday October 31, the usual photographers, artist, IOSWT etc. tables will be running from 20:30 for some of the nights and the log will start between 21:00 & 21:15

The usual temporary trails will be open in October these are:

Peninnis Farm Trail which runs from half way down King Edwards Road (the central track along Peninnis) through the fields to Old Town Bay.

Sunnyside Trail which runs from Telegraph Road, just opposite the access gate to Shooters’ Pool across farmland finishing near 4 Lanes.

Tremelethen Trail which runs from Parting Carn through the wood and across fields to Salakee Farm.

There trails on The Garrison, which the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust have cut through the pines are still permanently open

Please keep to the trails and footpaths and do not trespass onto private areas.

Notes from the 2014 Annual General Meeting of ISBG

At the AGM on 29th July 2014 Carole Cilia was elected as Membership Secretary, to take over from Jo Hathway who resigned due to pressure of work. The Committee are extremely grateful to Jo for her work as Membership Secretary and welcome Carole, who moved to Scilly last September from Lancashire. The change in contact details have been uploaded to the Membership page of this website.
The AGM also agreed that Carole will take over from Paul Sterry as Report Editor for the 2015 issue. Carole is looking forward to meeting (or at least speaking to) all those who help produce the Report.
An additional role was created at the AGM – that of Assistant Recorder. John Headon was elected to that position and will assist Will Wagstaff (who remains as Recorder) with the collection, collation and analysis of records. This process will start later this year and you will be advised of John’s contact details, as he will then be the person to whom all records should be sent. A further development provisionally agreed at the AGM is to extend the responsibility of the Assistant Recorder to include all other Orders of wildlife. This will be a gradual process undertaken in conjunction with the relevant experts for each Order.
Perhaps the most important change agreed at the AGM concerns the subscription, which has remained at £12 for about 10 years now. Although the subscription remains at £12 this year, it will unfortunately be necessary to increase it to £15 next year (2015). This is due to ever-increasing costs – notably in the production and distribution of the annual report. I trust that you will want to continue to support the society despite this increase, which is only equivalent to the level of inflation over the last 10 years, and also in line with most other bird groups across the country.
Those of you who have the misfortune to pay tax may in future be able to help the Group increase its funds by signing a Gift Aid form. We are in the process of agreeing this with HMRC and will advise you of the outcome shortly. This has the potential to earn the Group £500 p.a. or more to spend on conservation on the islands.