26th – 27th January
Big Garden Bird Watch
Count and identify the largest number of birds seen at any one time in your garden. It provides the RSPB with vital information from all over the country so why not make your birding count and submit your results online. Alternatively let the local group have them and we’ll submit them on your behalf.
Sunday 10th February 9am
Weekend Walk – Reservoir
Meet at the south car park of the reservoir (Perry’s page 21 G1) for a walk around some of the reservoir and through the lanes.
Wednesday 20th February 10am
Weekday Walk – St Andrew
Meet at the car park by the Little Chapel (Perry’s page 23 E4) for a walk around St. Andrew’s lanes.
Wednesday 20th February 7.30pm
Slide Show with Barry Wells
‘Tales from Two Gardens’
La Villette Hotel (Perry’s page 30 A2).
Sunday 10th March 8am
Weekend Walk – L’Eree, Shingle Bank & Nature Reserves.
Meet at L’Eree Car Park (Perry’s page 20 B1) for a circular walk taking in the Island’s popular reserves.
Wednesday 20th March 7.30pm
Slide Show with Jean Brown
‘Wonders of Japan’
Join Jean on her trip to Japan. See the dancing Cranes, Stellar Sea Eagles, Fish Owls and the famous Snow Monkeys and experience some of the wonderful Japanese islands and customs.
Monday 25th March 10am
Weekday Walk – Castel Coast
Meet at the car park on the northern end of Vazon Bay (Perry’s page 14 B1) for a walk around Fort Hommet headland and taking in Albecq, Cobo and Le Guet.
Sunday 7th April 5.30am
Dawn Chorus – Saumarez Park
Meet at the car park (Perry’s page 15 G1) (not the one next to the playground) to experience nature’s dawn chorus of birdsong, followed by breakfast at Saumarez Park Café.
Monday 15th April 10am
Weekday Walk – Moulin Huet
Meet at Moulin Huet car park (Perry’s page 30 D3) for a walk along cliffs and green lanes.
Wednesday 24th April 7.30pm
Slides with Chris Bale and Friends
Chris hosts an evening of short presentations by local birders.
La Villette Hotel (Perry’s page 30 A2). Members and non-members welcome. Entrance is £5 for non-members (RSPB members £4) and includes coffee/tea and biscuits.
Sunday 5th May
Sponsored Bird Race Day
Members from the group and La Société Guernesiaise team up and scour the islands spotting and counting as many bird species as they can. This is a sponsored event raising funds for both groups.
Contact Mike Bairds on 255524 for a sponsorship form.
Sunday 12th May 8am
Weekend Walk – Pleinmont
Meet at the Scramble Track car park (Perry’s page 32 C4) for a walk around the headland in search of early migrant birds.
Friday 17th May 10am
Weekday Walk – Saumarez Park
Meet at the car park (not the one next to the playground) (Perry’s page 15 G1) for a walk around Saumarez Park and nearby lanes.
The RSPB Guernsey Group
I’m very pleased to report that our Facebook page is a great success with 258 members in just six months. There have been some excellent pictures posted and we’re building a great community space for sharing stories. We would love to hear from you as it’s a space for you to enjoy. If you want to share but you’re not proficient on Facebook let the committee have your story and we’ll post it for you.
After some 25 years our lovely Dee has decided to retire from our committee. She is not only a lovely person to work with but has given an enormous number of voluntary hours to the RSPB. Dee ran our youth section when her own children were young and then continued as a very active member of the main committee. She’s been crafty over the years making lots of little trinkets and cards to raise funds at events. We will miss Dee very much and wish her well as she retires to spend more time with her family.
It does seem to be a time for change as we are also sorry to lose Mike Smith from committee. Mike has been on committee for just over ten years. However, he’s not ready to move on completely as he’ll continue to support us as a volunteer. So, it’s not good-bye just au revoir…
We do have a new chap ready to join the committee, but we’ll announce his appointment once the paperwork is in place.
Mike Bairds would like to reduce some of the tasks he has so we’re looking for a Membership Secretary. Mike will continue with all the many other jobs he does – thankfully!
We’re also looking for a Treasurer so that Anne can finally put the calculator away and take a rest from counting the pennies.
If you’re interested in any of those roles, we’d love to hear from you.