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News and updates from the ISBG

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.

Refurbishment of the IOSBG hide in Lower Moors

The condition of the IOSBG hide in Lower Moors has been deteriorating for several years. Damage caused by last winter’s storms made it almost unusable so the IOSBG decided it was time for major repairs. Lots of the panelling, the door and the roof felt have been replaced. The screening to the left of the hide and along the approach boardwalk have been renewed and the whole structure has been repainted to make it weatherproof. These repairs involved quiet a substantial outlay by the IOSBG and it is only possible to undertake such work with the financial help of Swarovski and members and Friends of the IOSBG. Thank you all for your continuing support.
As can be seen from the attached photos Chris Ridgard has done a sterling job of repairing the hide, it is as good as new.
Well done Chris!new-hide new-hide2

Thank You!!

As you may or may not be aware, the website was ‘hacked’ for no apparent reason, back in October. Since then we have had to run another WordPress site with the sightings on as the virus would not allow admin on this site at all. This has resulted, obviously, in the lack of some of the stunning photos you are used to on this website. Anyway, after some serious IT work and at some expense we are now back on track, so if you are on the Islands during the spring and manage any decent photos please feel free to send them to scillybirding@btinternet.com

Thank You for your continued support throughout this difficult and frustrating period!!

Isles of Scilly Bird and Natural History Review 2012

The 2012 review is now available!!

If you are visiting Scilly, please pick up your copy from the October log commencing Sat 5th, or contact a resident ISBG member if you are on the Islands before that date. Otherwise copies will be posted out in due course.

The review is also available direct from the secretary 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 Bird Log and Trails.

The bird log will again be held in the Scillonian Club from Saturday 5th October  to Friday 1st November 2013. 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.

Changes at ISBG

The Isles of Scilly Bird Group is pleased to announce that Paul Sterry has taken on the responsibility of editor of the annual Review. The design and layout of the Review will be handled by David Price-Goodfellow of D&N Publishing; ISBG Officers will be assisting during this transition year. Both Paul and Dave have long associations with Scilly (30+ years) and are experienced natural historians and birders. So the ISBG are confident that the future of Review is in good hands. In addition to his editorial role, Paul will be responsible for coordinating photographs used in the Review. Before submitting text or images, please contact Paul for guidelines at: paul@scillyreview.naturephotographers.co.uk ”

Nigel and Danni Hudson have decided to take time out from editing the report and our sincere thanks go to them for all their hard work in producing the ISBG’s superb report and acting as Editor, Membership Secretary and Recorder for the ISBG. We wish them well in their future endeavours.