AGM and TRIALS & TRIBULATIONS of MANAGING LAND FOR WILDLIFE by BRIAN SHAW

Our meeting on March 9th is given by the group’s chairman Brian Shaw who has been attempting to manage two nature reserves for the benefit of wildlife for a number of years. The two reserves are very different, one a piece of woodland on Froggatt Edge and the other a wetland in Lincolnshire comprising  reed beds and ponds. The woodland has been very successful with pied flycatchers and other species being easily attracted to nest boxes, some not always welcome. The wetland has proved more difficult to manage and there have been successes with some species e.g. marsh harriers and kestrels but also some failures and difficulties with managing the vegetation in an area known for its good growing conditions. Our photo shows the wetland in spring when it abounds with whitethroats, sedge and reed warblers, reed buntings, tree sparrows and kingfishers. Some species have proved elusive however despite Brian’s best efforts. Come along and hear the full story.

This should be one of the more light hearted talks this year but hopefully no less entertaining. It will be slightly shorter than normal as the AGM will be held at 9.00pm afterwards. Visitors are welcome to stay for the AGM or leave after the coffee break if they wish but members are urged to stay.