Berwick Wildlife Group
Promoting wildlife within the Berwick area.
Present: Fiona Aungier, Leslie Cook, John Inglis, Enid Turnbull, M. Williams.
Apologies: John Rae, Elizabeth Bamford, Molly Hardie, Malcolm Hutcheson
By invitation: Gillian Simmonds of BBLSP.
Decisions to Make
Minutes of last meeting
Agreed following amendment: that JR had asked that updated membership lists be circulated to all committee members.
Matters arising not below
Discussion with Gillian Simmonds re. Refreshed Community Plan and the (natural) environment.
FA welcomed Gillian Simmons of BBLSP who told members that the Community Plan was being ‘refreshed’ prior to the change to a unitary authority so that progress could forge ahead.
Indoor meetings. David Rollo. Next is AGM (7th May) with JR's talk. Dec. 08 talk?
Outdoor meetings. Spring walk at Plantation, Sat. 5th April. Led by group members – who will be there?
Displays. BOG potato day at Kelso – thanks.
Indoor meetings. David Rollo’s talk was excellent. Microphone would have helped. Extremely high turnout.
Outdoor meetings. Spring walk at Plantation, Sat. 5th April. Led by group members. JI offered to cover ‘birds’ if he is available.
Displays. BOG potato day at Kelso very well attended. Lots of interest in BWG memberships.
Squirrel surveys – brief report please.
Beach Litter 13th March.
Butterflies (T the M and Cocklawburn) begin Tuesday April 1st
Summer Birds 4th May.
Membership of squirrel/butterfly groups.
BBC/Woodland Trust want records.
Squirrel surveys – 3 transects completed. Feeders have been installed in Plantation with BBC permission.
Beach Survey. High tides had left Little Beach clean, but the Pier Road site was badly polluted. Two new helpers came.
Butterflies (T the M and Cocklawburn) begin Tuesday April 1st. Cocklawburn - one group to start with; 3 groups for T the M.
Summer Birds 4th May.
Membership of squirrel/butterfly groups, ET and Molly H to be the named members.
BBC/Woodland Trust wants records. Item carried forward to next meeting.
Sarah Dulwich of RSPB wants volunteers to survey on a farm at Beal. JI, JR, Malcolm H to be asked.
Morrisons and Northern Gasworks. Progress. Ideas, please.
FA – Northern Gasworks grants 2008 not yet on stream. Verbal offer of £50 from Morrisons for litter pickers etc (spent already).
Keeping us informed.
Ross Weddell says Network Rail land above it to be sold. Is earmarked for industrial use.
Tub planting to be carried out in Marygate.
We have not done anything yet……we should
We havn't done anything yet. Need to make suggestions re. planting on site.
Cocklawburn Dunes Possible Cattle Erosion
Meeting with Steve Pullen, Jo Wilkinson, JI & FA re. fixed pt photos, etc.
Following meeting with Natural England, FA, Malcolm H & EB to do fixed point photos thrice yearly to record erosion and vegetation change. Currently vegetation looks good. Also do butterfly transect, and record any Pirri-pirri Burr.
Any Other Business
Wagtails, Tappee Fen. FA now has all data on computer up to 2007.Committee would like to thank Plilomena Johnson for observing and recording wagtails almost daily throughout the year. JR said it highlights what motivated individuals can achieve, and it is a powerful piece of work that emphasises the importance of very small green/wildlife areas in the urban environment.
Date/venue of next Meeting
Wednesday 16th April – then Wed 21st May.
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