Chairman's Message from Duncan Watt

The past year has been successful and we remain financially sound, thanks to Susan’s careful stewardship. While John’s planning of talks produced a wide variety of talks and speakers.
 
“Giving Nature a Home” was the theme and Hayley Douglas, Ranger at Clyde Muirshiel stole the season with her track-cam videos of badgers, otters and other fauna. I am very concerned, therefore, about the dwindling Renfrewshire Council support of the Ranger Service there.
 

We Have Not Forgotten...

It may have come to your attention over the last couple of weeks a series of allegations against the RSPB from another organisation going by the name 'You Forgot The Birds'. Their statements have managed to capture the attention of the media and are seemingly representing the thoughts of conservationists and nature lovers across the UK, throwing doubt onto the credibility of one of the largest nature conservation charities in the world.

A detailed response from the RSPB can be found at the link below, which we hope will clear up the misleading information this group has peddled recently and reassure you that the RSPB is still a leading voice in nature conservation.

RSPB Response

 

Meet the Team - Susan Montgomerie

If you have had the chance to read the newsletter, you will have noticed a new feature that will include an insight in the committee members of our group. A lot of readers will only know our committee members by name, mentioned in articles or on the syllabus, so this was seen as a chance to delve a little deeper into those who give their time and energy into running the group. Susan had quite a bit to say, so we took a brief summary and published it in the newsletter, but you can read the full interview here.

 

About the RSPB

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds is the largest single conservation charity in Europe with over 1,040,000 members whose aim is to achieve a healthy environment, rich in birds and other wildlife. The RSPB is part of the global partnership of bird and habitat conservation organisations called BirdLife International.

The North Ayrshire RSPB Local Group has been in existence since 1976 and is one of a network of Groups spread around the country. The committee organises a varied programme of monthly indoor meetings and outdoor field trips. Occasional weekend trips to further afield destinations such as the Farne Islands, Leighton Moss RSPB Reserve, Speyside and Islay are also organised.

Volunteers from the group are aso actively involved in "Showing People Seabirds" on board the Ardrossan - Brodick CalMac ferry during the summer months.

Membership of the North Ayrshire RSPB Local Group is open to all RSPB/Wildlife Explorers Members. A yearly subscription of £8.00 (£12.00 family, £3.00 junior) enables the committee to organise the comprehensive programme of indoor meetings and field trips shown overleaf. A regular newsletter is also produced to keep you in touch with current local events. Our meetings are open to all and are generally free of charge. We are also available to give illustrated talks to local community groups.

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