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Below is the link to access last night’s recording of Mark Sisson’s Zoom presentation ‘Alaska to Argentina, Wildlife through the Americas’ for the DOS Annual joint meeting with Bakewell Bird Study Group. For copyright reasons it will be available only for a week after the live presentation.

https://ukri.zoom.us/rec/share/gwgcYfKitH6DzSvqbtUZLaPQtxq5E0mYPbFcDDqEsRkgYdRj3DwLWRA2s3KMmBt2.AKe2lvCoEl5FSWXE

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CBC Newsletter – No 1 / February 2021

 Posted by on February 20, 2021  Carsington Bird Club, CBC Newsletters  Comments Off on CBC Newsletter – No 1 / February 2021
Feb 202021
 

Twelve months ago, when the first CBC newsletter of 2020 was being prepared, there were already distant warnings about Coronavirus, but in the same breath we continued talking optimistically about the events – talks, walks and trips – the club had got planned for the year.  Well, as we now know, the situation soon became grave on a global scale and virtually all those things we had hoped to do were cancelled.

Now, in early 2021 there is a ripple of optimism as the vaccination programme is rolled out across the various age groups and we might now hope, with a little justification, that some walks and trips might be possible at some point later in the year.  The traditional indoor season – with speakers visiting us to talk on a wide range of wildlife topics – was decimated but, with the emergence of Zoom as a social media outlet linking many people in real-time sessions, we have been able to ‘piggy-back’ online talks provided by two of our local wildlife peer groups, DOS and RSPB Derby.

Indeed, a small handful of these online talks remain to be staged in the next several weeks, so there will be more opportunities to join these enjoyably varied presentations, generally packed with fine photos.  We would, nevertheless, hope to be back to ‘normal’ for the 2021-22 indoor season, beginning in September, with real-time in-person presentations at the Visitor Centre … with tea, coffee and biscuits provided!

As Covid restrictions (hopefully) loosen over the spring and summer, we could also expect to be able to support wildlife walks at the reservoir and perhaps stage club trips farther afield (as we all strive to expand our annual bird lists, even if overseas travel remains very difficult, as seems likely).  With luck, our next newsletter in May will contain some better news in this area.

As for the club itself, we are currently at ‘that time of year’ when we ask existing members to renew their subscriptions.  Somewhere around half of last year’s membership have already, but if you’re one of those still to do so, please contact Treasurer John Follett.  The membership fee remains unchanged, as it has for very many years, at £7.50 for an individual and £10 for a family.  John is happy either to receive a cheque (sent to him at 8 Buckminster Close, Oakwood, Derby DE21 2EA) or via a bank transfer (contact him for details on 01332 834778 or by e-mail at johnlfollett@virginmedia.com).

As a member, of course, you will continue to receive four monthly newsletters plus the annual report that reviews club activities, the Carsington site and, in fine detail, what species were recorded – where and when and in what numbers – in 2020.   The report should arrive before the next newsletter, hopefully in April.  And, as touched on above, we also hope to be able to organise walks and trips as the weather – and Covid conditions – improve.  Watch the website, online notices and the newsletter for updates.

Things are, however, not in such good shape administratively, where we are skating on very thin ice.  We lost two committee members late last year, when our Secretary and Recorder stood down from their roles.  That means there are only four of us now conducting the club’s affairs … so, please, if you think you can help out in any capacity, do let us know. 

One area of immediate deterioration is the non-appearance of the monthly bird notes.  We hope to be able to reintroduce some form of regular round-up, but it may not be in the same form or level of detail as before (and may only be a wrap-up in the newsletter).  Looking to the future, a recorder is very important; if we remain without one, the depth and richness of real-time data will be reduced and the information in the annual report may also be considerably diminished. 

Similarly, with the lockdown and far fewer visits to site by either casual or regular recorders, recent sightings have been incomplete.  For a number of reasons, sightings have not been appearing on our own website, though again we hope this will resume when the lockdown eases. 

But in the meantime, those who do visit the reservoir and have a decent list – particularly any unusual species – please ensure you report it via the DOS website on their “report a sighting” page (https://www.derbyshireos.org.uk/cgirecord2.php).

Meanwhile, I hope you are all keeping well and most of you have had at least your first Covid jab, the first step to a return to something like normal life.

Gary Atkins

 

FEWER RECORDS – BUT STILL PLENTY OF BIRDS ON DISPLAY

Although the Carsington site’s car parks and paths have been open, the lockdown that began in early January has meant that visits to the reservoir have been necessarily much fewer and farther between.  Some reports have nevertheless been received – and the regular WeBS count (which is undertaken for the BTO’s statisticians) was completed in February – so the report below is a short summary of what was around in January and February.

Before lockdown, there was growing concern that our annual star winter visitor – the Great Northern Diver – may not be turning up as two birds, an adult and junior, had briefly dropped in during November only to disappear and not return … then nothing for the following month.  Until 25 December, in fact, when another adult, thought likely to be our regular traveller, gave at least one observer a Christmas present.  This bird looked very much at home and at the time of writing was still around, often seen far out towards the centre of the reservoir.

A bird present every month last year was Red Kite but apart from a single sighting on New Year’s Day, this attractive raptor has been keeping a low profile, while other regular birds of prey Kestrel, Sparrowhawk and Peregrine have all been observed, and as many as six Buzzards have been seen overhead at any one time. 

Tawny Owls have been located several times, up to four on a single day, and a Barn Owl has been seen at least three times recently around Tail Bay and over the road between the sailing club and main entrance.

Water Rails are often heard rather than seen and there have been five records this year, the most recent being on 13 February.  This skulking species was an absentee the following day, however, when the monthly WeBS count was carried out.  Another absentee on the 14th was Pochard, which had been seen in very good numbers – up to 267 – during January, but sightings rapidly dropped to single figures in February. 

Coot was unsurprisingly the most numerous species on display across the site, with 476 individuals, but there were also good numbers of Tufted Duck (211), Wigeon (184), Canada Goose (172), Mallard (119), and Teal (105) plus exceptionally good turnouts by Gadwall (121) and Great Crested Grebe (70).  Fifteen Goldeneye were still around and the Great Northern Diver duly turned up on parade.

Only 29 Lapwings were spotted on the WeBS count, but this was clearly an aberration and contrasted sharply with the maximum of 590 that had been seen ten days earlier.  Otherwise, just 2 Oystercatcher, a single Redshank and a long-staying Ruff represented the wader community.  On other days, Woodcock, Snipe and Curlew were observed.

An overwintering Chiffchaff was noted in mid-January, and the ever popular Kingfisher was recorded only once during the first two months, though other passerines were not in quite such short supply.  Up to 200 Redwings and Starlings were counted in a day, as were other winter favourites including 55 Fieldfares and 60 Siskins and single figure counts of Lesser Redpoll.

Common residents look to be in good shape, as 65 Blackbirds, a remarkable 93 Robins, 79 Blue Tits and 38 Great Tits were healthy daily counts, along with 43 Skylarks and a dozen Willow Tits.

Overall, during January and (most of) February, 89 species were recorded, which is not far short of the typical species counts at Carsington for those individual months in recent years.  Hopefully we’ll be back up to full speed once the lockdown eases in the coming weeks and months.

 

BIG THANKS TO DOS AND RSPB DERBY FOR ‘SHARING’ THEIR SPEAKERS

One of the big disappointments over the last several months has been our inability to meet up in the cosy environment of the Carsington Water Visitor Centre, enjoying the company of our fellow members, over tea and coffee, and marvelling at wonderful photographs as a succession of talented speakers tell us about their wildlife experiences.

Our usual venue, the Henmore Room, was never going to be big enough once key Covid restrictions like social distancing became a way of life and even our alternative plan of using the much larger New Leaf restaurant fell foul of the rules once group sizes were limited.

But while we have been unable to stage any of our own planned programme, a welcome substitute (for those with the will and patience to adopt Zoom online technology, at least!) has been a succession of ‘virtual’ talks arranged by those larger local organisations – DOS and RSPB Derby – who have been kind enough to allow us to link in to their programmes.  Each of them has been staging a talk every month since late autumn, actually enabling CBC members potentially to access twice as many talks as usual!

The subjects on offer have been quite varied – from Tony Davison’s exciting hunt for the elusive Snow Leopard (and brush with Covid) in Mongolia to Peter Holden’s review of the “Good News, Bad News” of UK wildlife and environment, using detailed case studies. 

In the meantime, we’ve also enjoyed the pin-sharp specialist photography of Michael Leach, and have travelled twice to Africa – firstly to Tanzania in December, with CBC members John and Louise Sykes who showed many of their huge list of birds and mammals recorded there, and then to Morocco, a key migration point with its surprising range of both common and less recognisable birds, in the company of Neil Glenn.

As mentioned earlier, a few more talks will be available before the end of DOS’s and the local RSPB group’s respective seasons.  On 28 February Keith Offord will be talking about ‘Magical Merlins’ and in early March Mark Cocker will describe the birds and wildlife of Lake Prepsa, and Dr Martin Sullivan will speak on ‘Tropical Forests in a Changing World’.   Finally, on 14 April, Nick Martin (who is due to give the club a talk next October, hopefully in person) will be showing ‘A Photographer’s Wild Britain’.

As usual, you will be e-mailed information and links enabling access to these talks nearer their scheduled times.

KNOW YOUR COMMITTEE – Here are the club officials and their contact details……..

 

 

 

 

Committee Post

Name

Telephone

Email Address

Secretary

Vacant

 

 

Treasurer / Membership

John Follett

01332 834778

johnlfollett@virginmedia.com

Recorder

Vacant

 

 

 

 

Publications / Indoor Meetings

Gary Atkins

01335 370773

garysatkins@aol.com

 

Events co-ordinator

Chris Lamb

01629 820890

cflamb@yahoo.co.uk

Ex-officio

Roger Carrington

01629 583816

rcarrington_matlock@yahoo.co.uk

…..and the website address   –   http://www.carsingtonbirdclub.co.uk

Webmaster

Richard Pittam

n/a

Contact Richard via the website

         

 

No 4 / November 2020

 Posted by on November 15, 2020  Carsington Bird Club, CBC Newsletters  Comments Off on No 4 / November 2020
Nov 152020
 

First of all, best wishes to everyone.  I hope you’re keeping well and safe in the continuing difficult conditions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

We might reasonably have hoped that by now we would be returning to some form of ‘normality’, but from a slightly easier position mid-year, we are now once again enduring a national lockdown, though perhaps not quite as stringent as we encountered in March/April.  One silver lining around the massing clouds is that Severn Trent have decided to keep the site open – enabling people to exercise and, of course, witness the reservoir’s wildlife.

There are some important changes, however, while the month-long lockdown continues.  The Visitor Centre, together with its restaurant, cafes and shops are closed, as is the Wildlife Centre along with all other viewing hides. The car parks, paths and toilets do remain open, however, but visitors should be vigilant in maintaining social distancing and any other restrictions required.

The Covid situation has hit our planned events programme, though we did manage to link up with DOS for our annual joint ‘meeting’, which took the form of an online Zoom presentation – centring on a brilliant talk by Tony Davison on his hunt for Snow Leopard (and quite a lot of birds!) in Mongolia.  But more of that later. 

We had already recognised that the Henmore Room was not going to meet our indoor meeting needs when set against the general Covid restrictions; social distancing would have meant not being able to accommodate anything like our usual numbers.  Meanwhile, we had negotiated with New Leaf Catering to use the wide open spaces of the centre’s restaurant but the imposition of the ‘rule of six’ put paid to that idea, too.  We may be able to return to this alternative location later … and, in time, to our original home.  Developing circumstances around controlling the pandemic will dictate as and when.

As a result of all this, like September, our November meeting has been cancelled, but we are planning to join another Zoom talk by members John and Louise Sykes on 9 December (see below).

We had also hoped for an autumn club trip and had settled on a couple of potential locations – and a November date – but that is now also ruled out for the time being.  Outside exercise has generally been encouraged, so with luck we’ll be able to restore that trip to our programme soon.  Keep a watch on the club website for any upcoming trips and talks as and when the current situation changes for the better.

Unsurprisingly, news is a bit thin on the ground, but almost-daily recording has continued as strongly as ever and this newsletter contains a fulsome reservoir report.  Most months have seen high species counts, including more records, and there have been plenty of interesting birds about.  There was also an ‘all-day watch’ by a team of regular recorders and they noted 92 species in a 24-hour period.  This impressive achievement is reported below as well.

If the latest lockdown serves its purpose, there’s a chance we can enjoy Christmas with loved ones, so, with fingers firmly crossed, I wish you all the best for the festive season.  Meanwhile, please read on for our latest news …

Gary Atkins

 

WE ARE JOINING LOCAL RSPB GROUPS TO ENJOY A ‘ZOOM’ TALK ON ‘TANZANIA’ BY JOHN AND LOUISE SYKES ON WEDNESDAY, 9TH DECEMBER … KEEP AN EYE ON YOUR E-MAIL INBOX NEARER THE TIME AS WE WILL BE SENDING YOU DETAILS OF HOW TO LINK TO THIS PRESENTATION

AUTUMN BRINGS ANOTHER MONTHLY RECORD – AND IMPRESSIVE MIGRATION FLY-BYS

Following two record months for species counts over the summer, another was achieved during the autumn as 119 were recorded in September, beating 2002’s previous record by just one.  Among birds boosting that total were three records of Great Egret (two of which were also seen in late August) and a juvenile Garganey that was sighted on several dates spreading into October.

As well as the departure of many summer visitors, the autumn as ever delivered increasing duck, geese and gull numbers and impressive migration movements overhead as well as the arrival of a few species likely to spend their winter at the reservoir – though as of mid-month the Great Northern Diver was yet to turn up!

More than 500 Canada and Greylag Geese were often counted, and Coot numbers had risen to 1,270 by the last week of September and remain at a similar level.  Teal and Wigeon both topped 350 by the second half of October, along with 300-plus Pochard and Tufted Duck, 166 Mallard and 79 Gadwall. 

Smaller numbers of Pintail, Red-crested Pochard, Goosander and, most recently, Red-breasted Merganser freshened up the wildfowl list, as did a couple of non-counters – a Black Swan that seems to have formed an attachment to the reservoir, and two Nene (Hawaiian) Geese spotted among a group of 40 Barnacles.

Gulls have predictably been massing in recent weeks, and peaked at 10,000 Black-headed and 4,000 Lesser Black-backed Gulls leaving the roost at dawn on 28 October, with 520 Common Gulls counted three days later.  Up to four Yellow-legged Gulls are regularly seen, as are three Great Black-backs including ‘One-foot’ whose deficiency doesn’t seem to affect this ability to catch a breakfast feast of crayfish.  Two Caspian Gulls were identified on 17 October, and a Kittiwake was noted a week later, while the highlight of a relatively sparse tern passage was a juvenile and three adult Sandwich Terns.

Fifteen wader species were listed during September, including a nap hand of plovers as Grey and Golden joined the Little Ringed and Ringed Plovers that have been evident over the summer, plus the sizeable groups of Lapwings seen daily. 

Knot and Little Stint were more unusual arrivals, while a Jack Snipe was identified among a group of its ‘Common’ cousins on 21 October, and early the following month 50 Common Snipe were flushed from the dam wall during foggy conditions.  Meanwhile, Water Rail was fairly regularly heard more often than seen, but was spotted in the reeds at Hopton end on 8 November.

A few Chiffchaffs and a Blackcap were still being recorded in November, so they are probably planning on a winter at Carsington, but the amazingly late Swift seen on 22 October – a full 28 days later than the previous latest ever Carsington record for this species – was very definitely getting a move on, heading south.

Among those many departing summer visitors, the final Swallow was logged on 15 October while, a little earlier, the last recorded Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Yellow Wagtail, Reed and Sedge Warblers and Lesser Whitethroat all set off to warmer climes between 10 and 23 September.

Within a few days, the first Redwings had arrived, and by early-mid October were arriving in droves, with 1,678 Redwings and 286 Fieldfares counted moving through on the 11th.  The absolute highlight of the large autumn migration, however, must have been the phenomenal 43,200 Woodpigeons counted flying through in waves, heading south, during a three and a half hour ‘visimig’ from Stones Island in early November.

Up to 1,000 Jackdaws, 160-plus Rooks and healthy numbers of Skylarks and Meadow Pipits also filled the skies above the reservoir in October, and 30 Brambling were also noted on the wing.

But the most noteworthy passerines of late were in October, when a Yellow-browed Warbler was seen near the Wildlife Centre in poor weather conditions, and a Lapland Bunting – the first at Carsington for more than 10 years – on the 18th.  Others included a handful of Crossbills occasionally heard and less often seen, and a Hawfinch that flew north over the site on 8 November.

Red Kites have spearheaded the raptor sightings over this period, with three on 20 August, two at the same time on 2 September, four on 17 September, two more singles in October and one in November.  A juvenile Marsh Harrier flew low over the reservoir on 7 September, while a handful of Ospreys inevitably passed through on five dates in August and two in September.  Most recent raptor highlight was a Merlin that was spotted perched on a fence post during one of the recent foggy days.

 

“ALL DAY WATCH” NETS IMPRESSIVE 92 SPECIES

Last year some of the regular Carsington birders had the bright idea of spending a whole day – well, dawn to dusk – at the site just to see what we might spot.  We did this twice: on 21 May we recorded 81 species and the same number again on 10 September.  For obvious reasons we were unable to repeat the exercise this spring but five observers – Roger Carrington, Alan Stewardson, Neil Moulden, Andy Butler and myself – did muster in September, with at least one of us present from 05:45 to 20:00hrs.

The first areas that we covered were Hopton reedbed and Brown Ale Bay, which yielded Hobby, Reed Warbler and five Tawny Owls but disappointingly few wildfowl.  At Millfields, three Yellow Wagtails were among the Pieds on the dam wall, a Kingfisher put in an appearance, while fly-over Crossbill and Siskins were useful additions. 

With the total mounting to 60, I joined Roger on Stones island, Neil arriving shortly afterwards and promptly finding a Common Scoter out on the water, while Andy had walked the dam wall and seen single Wheatear and Skylark.  The weather went a little bit downhill at this point, as low cloud and heavy drizzle descended, but the total nonetheless rose to 73.

New birds kept appearing and a pair of Shelduck spotted by Neil took us to 76, while it was the appearance of two Red Kites that took us beyond last year’s total, still with much of the day remaining.  Just after midday the probable highlight of the day, a juvenile Marsh Harrier, flew the length of the reservoir, raising the tally to 85 species.

At least one of us remained on Stones Island at all times while others checked other discrete areas of the reservoir.  Constant scanning and listening yielded Swift, a single flying Red-crested Pochard, a Willow Warbler, a surprise flock of four Lesser Redpoll that dropped into Wildlife Centre creek and then, to take us to the 90 mark, a distant Pheasant – something of an anticlimax to reach that milestone but hey, birders can’t be choosers!

It was inevitable that further additions would be slow to come, but a Common Gull appeared in the early evening, the only one of the day.  Just two of us remained to watch dusk fall and count the incoming Lesser Black-backed Gulls (2,300 in total by the time we left).  But finally, just as we were about to finish for the day, a Great White Egret flew over Stones island and headed north-east across the reservoir.  This was certainly a quality end to a very enjoyable day – and hoisted our day’s total species list to 92.

Simon Roddis

 

TOP TALK: HUNT FOR THE ‘GHOST CAT’ … AND A BRUSH WITH COVID

As mentioned earlier, it’s not been our greatest year for events, with the September and November talks cancelled (or, hopefully, only postponed) and any thoughts of an autumn trip disappearing into the distance as the second Covid lockdown bit.

We did, though, have the most amazing presentation in October – our joint ‘meeting’ with Derbyshire Ornithological Society (DOS), via Zoom – when Tony Davison told us the awesome (and at the same time tense) story of his two visits to Mongolia in search of the “ghost cat” or Snow Leopard.  Admitting his treks were something of an obsession, Tony told us of his disappointment in failing to catch up with this magnificent Asian big cat first time around, but still managed to pepper his presentation with some fantastic photos of a variety of other wildlife, notably birds such as the iconic Lammergeier.

That initial journey was in 2019, but his appetite was truly whetted by that ‘dip’ and he quickly organised a second trip to the remote regions of Mongolia with hope ever in his heart of finally getting shots of the Snow Leopard. 

He gave us an insight into the travelling and living conditions while there which were, to say the least, basic, but said he was with a very good and knowledgeable local team that eventually delivered on their promise … and the photos we all saw on our screens via Zoom were truly memorable.

That was not the end of Tony’s story, though, because while he was hunting the ghost cat, the Mongolian authorities were hunting him!  He’d nothing wrong – except on his inward flight to sit next to a Frenchman who, it turned out, had brought Covid-19 into Mongolia … and Tony was the last person on the flight they had yet to trace. 

He had been out of mobile phone range for several days because of their remote location, and it wasn’t until he hit an area with signal that he picked up the messages indicating he was well and truly wanted!  Ultimately, he had to stay an extra two or three weeks in Mongolia, much of it in isolation, until cleared to leave the country and catch virtually the last flight out of Japan home to the UK.

 

KNOW YOUR COMMITTEE – Here are the club officials and their contact details……..

       

Committee Post

Name

Telephone

Email Address

Secretary

Peter Fletcher

01332 383682

petefletcher1@hotmail.com 

Treasurer / Membership

John Follett

01332 834778

johnlfollett@virginmedia.com

Recorder

Clive Ashton

 

01629 823316

 

cliveashton@btinternet.com

 

Publications / Indoor Meetings

Gary Atkins

01335 370773

garysatkins@aol.com

 

Events co-ordinator

Chris Lamb

01629 820890

cflamb@yahoo.co.uk

Ex-officio

Roger Carrington

01629 583816

rcarrington_matlock@yahoo.co.uk

…..and the website address   –   http://www.carsingtonbirdclub.co.uk

Webmaster

Richard Pittam

n/a

Contact Richard via the website

         

 

 

“ALL-DAY WATCH” AT CARSINGTON – 7th SEPTEMBER 2020

 Posted by on September 16, 2020  Carsington Bird Club  Comments Off on “ALL-DAY WATCH” AT CARSINGTON – 7th SEPTEMBER 2020
Sep 162020
 

In 2019 some of the regular Carsington birders had the idea of spending a whole day – well, dawn to dusk – at the site just to see what we might spot.  On 21 May we recorded 81 species and the same number again on 10 September. For obvious reasons we were unable to repeat the spring ‘big sit’ this year but we have just repeated the exercise, with at least one observer present from 05:45 to 20:00, and with five observers for part of the day – for the record, they were Roger Carrington, Alan Stewardson, Neil Moulden, Andy Butler and myself.

The first areas that we covered were Hopton reedbed and Brown Ale Bay, which yielded Hobby, Reed Warbler and five Tawny Owls but disappointingly few wildfowl.  At Millfields, three Yellow Wagtails were among the Pieds on the dam wall, a Kingfisher put in an appearance, while fly-over Crossbill and Siskins were useful additions.  

With the total at 60, I joined Roger on Stones island, Neil arriving shortly afterwards and promptly finding a Common Scoter out on the water, while Andy had walked the dam wall and seen single Wheatear and Skylark.  The weather went a little bit downhill at this point, with low cloud and heavy drizzle, but the total nonetheless soon rose to 73.

New birds kept appearing and a pair of Shelduck spotted by Neil took us to 76, while two Red Kites that appeared took us beyond last year’s total, still with much of the day remaining.  Just after midday the probable highlight of the day, a juvenile Marsh Harrier, flew the length of the reservoir and took the growing tally to 85 species.

At least one of us remained on Stones island at all times while others checked other areas of the reservoir, and constant scanning and listening yielded Swift, a single flying Red-crested Pochard, a Willow Warbler, a surprise flock of four Lesser Redpoll that dropped into Wildlife Centre creek and then, to take us to the 90 mark, a distant Pheasant – something of an anticlimax to reach that milestone but hey, birders can’t be choosers!

It was inevitable that further additions would be slow to come, but a Common Gull appeared in the early evening, the only one of the day.  Just two of us remained to watch dusk fall and count the incoming Lesser Black-backed Gulls (2,300 in total by the time we left).  

But finally, just as we were about to finish for the day, a Great White Egret flew over Stones island and headed north-east across the reservoir.  

GWEgret

Great White Egret – library image

This was certainly a quality end to a very enjoyable day – and hoisted our day’s total species list to 92.

Simon Roddis

Cancelled Events

 Posted by on September 9, 2020  Carsington Bird Club  Comments Off on Cancelled Events
Sep 092020
 
Dear fellow CBC member — it is with huge regret that we must cancel our previously advertised events this month as a result of the government’s latest rule change, reducing the size of public assemblies (inside or out) from 30 to 6.  This effectively means we can stage no indoor meetings at the Carsington Visitor Centre or club trips until further notice.  This is a great shame as we had negotiated to hold indoor meetings in the New Leaf restaurant, a huge space compared to the Henmore Room that would have given us ample scope for social distancing.  As well as Ian Newton’s originally-scheduled talk on the 15th, we will also have to cancel (or hopefully postpone) our trip to Old Moor on the 20th.
 
We will update you on any changes in this status (an occasional check on the website is advisable) – either to confirm further cancellations in the coming months or, more hopefully, to inform of any resumption in events as and when things change for the better.
 
All the best … and keep on birding.

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