A tradition is the January bird count, taking place on the first Sunday of the year. This year seven teams, of up to four members each, scoured the WVBS recording area for as many species as possible between 8.00 am and 4.30 pm. The day started out clear and mild, but rain was forecast so everyone was anxious to make a good start. Teams can look around the valley in any order they wish, but certain reserves, like Sculthorpe Moor and Sparham Pools are sure to be included in most itineraries. My own team began at the Sculthorpe end, and were lucky to see a rough-legged buzzard fly over the reserve. The weather did indeed deteriorate, making afternoon additions to our lists hard to come by, and most of us were really glad to reach the new village hall at Great Witchingham. Here the results were announced, the trophy awarded to Three Men and a Baby, and more importantly, hot drinks and cakes were served. The winning team had notched up 77 species, while the combined effort totalled 89. It’s a great way to start the year.
Indoor meetings at Weston Longville Hall for All, 7.30pm. All welcome. (There is a £2.00 charge for non-members): Thursday 17th March – Farming and Wildlife by Nicholas Watts of Vine House Farm. Thursday 21st April – AGM Followed by ‘Uganda, the Pearl of Adrica’ by Allan Hale
Field trips: Sunday 28th February Lynford and Santon Downham. Saturday 26th March – Lackford Lakes. On 23 April we will have a limited numbers trip to Wheatfen.