Membership Renewal is due from 1st August 2017: Membership Fees will remain unchanged for 2017/18 that is £15 for adults, £5 for junior members under 16 years of age and Family Membership of £30 for 2 adults and all children under 16 years.
Yes it will soon be time to renew subscriptions! The membership year starts on 1st August and those of you who do not have a Standing Order set up should send their membership fees in the form of a cheque made payable to The Surbiton and District Birdwatching Society to: Gary Caine, Membership Secretary. Alternatively please bring cash or cheques to the July or September meetings. Those members who pay UK income tax should opt to sign a Gift Aid Form (if you haven’t done so already), to enable the club to make use of its charitable status and generate some additional income. I also have forms available to enable you to set up a Standing Order to pay your subscription.
Thank you. Gary Caine (Membership Secretary)
Mayor visits the SDBWS stall at the Malden Craft Fair
The SDBWS had a successful day at the Malden Craft Fair on the 8th July. As well as distributing club leaflets to many local people, we raised £96.86 from the sale of second hand goods, making a net profit from the event of £76.86. We were honoured to meet the Mayor of Kingston, Councillor Julie Pickering who visited the stall during the afternoon. Many thanks to all those who contributed items to sell and to Gary Caine, David Abrahams, Monica Marriott , Erica Gill and Brenda Fitzgerald who helped Thelma to run the stall.
Proposal for joint Coach Outing with Richmond & Twickenham RSPB group
The Richmond & Twickenham RSPB group contacted the club recently with a view to running a joint coach trip before the end of 2017. A trip is has been proposed for 5th November 2017 to WWT Slimbridge with a fare of £20 and pick-up time of 7.30am from Surbiton. Discussions are ongoing and if this proposal is agreed, information will be provided to members in the September Newsletter and via email and we will take bookings at the September and October meetings.
Autumn Residential Weekend
NORFOLK MEMBERS’ RESIDENTIAL WEEKEND: Fri 13 to Sun 15 October 2017 – Leader Thelma Caine
Book your place now for the autumn weekend! This year, we will be based once again at the Caley Hall Hotel, Old Hunstanton, Norfolk. Website: www.caleyhallhotel.co.uk. The weekend will run from Friday evening until Sunday afternoon. Costs including bed, breakfast, evening meal and packed lunches will be £185 for a shared room and £225 for single occupancy. People wishing to book additional nights at the hotel are requested to make private arrangements by contacting the proprietors. (Tel: 01485-533486 or email: email@example.com). Travel to and from Norfolk will be in cars with lifts arranged where required. Visits will be made to several Norfolk reserves. Possibilities include Holme, Titchwell, Snettisham, Holkham or Cley. Over a hundred species are expected. This area regularly attracts exciting species. Birds seen on previous visits have included Red-throated Divers, Avocets, Snow Bunting, Bearded Tit, Pink-Footed Geese, Short-eared Owl, Barn Owl, Marsh Harriers, Great Grey Shrike, Yellow-browed Warbler and Brambling to name a few. For booking forms contact Thelma Caine (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Tel: 01372 468432). A deposit of £30 per person is required with cheques payable to the SDBWS.
Island Barn Reservoir
Island Barn Reservoir in West Molesey is one of the best bird watching sites in the areas. We were, therefore, delighted to be able to come to an arrangement with the boat club to give those members who want it access to the reservoir. Access will be via a combination lock into the reservoir compound from Ray Road.
We will be paying a total of 150 pounds a year as associate members. This will be split equally amongst all those who want the access. As we are unsure as to the degree of interest it is not possible to be certain how much the annual subscription will be. However, given the level of interest already expressed we expect this to be somewhere between 10 and 15 pounds each.
If you are interested, and have not already done so, please contact Chris Turner on email@example.com or on 07909 992956. He will then be able to work out the per person subscription. It would also be very helpful if you could state the subscription ceiling you would be prepared to pay.
Newsletters by email
The Newsletter is now available by email a few days before the meeting. It is recommended that this option is taken as it provides colour and saves the Society money.
Records from members are from within the club’s recording area, TQ16 extended on two sides. The Recorder has asked that sightings outside of this area are not submitted as they are not appropriate as club records. A map of the recording area is shown here
You don’t have to be a ‘twitcher’ to want to enjoy unusual birds locally. If you missed out on the waxwings, at Horton Country Park or the egrets on the Hogsmill, why not let us have your email address and you can be added to the Hot News circulation list. But please remember to let us know when it changes. Email addresses and comments to both Gary Caine (to add to the membership list) and Tony Quinn (for the Hot News service).
Recruiting new members
Word of mouth is one of the best ways of expanding membership of the club. Annemarie Stiegler has generated postcard size publicity cards if you can think of anywhere to put them, or people you would like to send or give them to. See Annemarie for supplies at the indoor meetings.
Do you live in the Elmbridge area?
There have been frequent attempts to build in the area, often to the detriment of local wildlife. Our conservation officer, Tony Quinn, is keeping an eye on things and making representations on the club’s behalf where we think there will be a significant environmental impact, but it isn’t always easy to be aware of all planning applications. So if you live in the area and see an application in your local newspaper or posted on a community boards or pole that you think warrants our attention, PLEASE let Tony know. He can be contacted on: 020-8241-6087 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
Records sub-committee – a plea to all members
A recent study of SDBWS records has shown that several sites in the Society’s recording area, which over the years have produced worthwhile sightings, no longer appear to be visited regularly by Society members. Below is a list of species you might expect to see during a birding year at three adjoining sites close to Epsom.
|Site + Grid Ref||Target Birds|
Epsom Common TQ 190 650
Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Pheasant, Woodcock, Stock Dove, Cuckoo, Tawny Owl, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, FieIdfare, Redwing, Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Goldcrest, Coal Tit, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Siskin, Linnet, Redpoll, Bullfinch, Yellowhammer
Rushett FarmTQ 173 608
Kestrel, Hobby, Pheasant, Lapwing, Stock Dove, Skylark, Swallow, Fieldfare, Redwing Chaffinch, Brambling, Linnet, Redpoll, Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting
Stew Ponds TQ 183 609
Great Crested Grebe, Grey Heron, Canada Goose, Mandarin Duck, Teal, Shoveler, Tufted Duck, Goosander, Water Rail, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, Reed Bunting
As the table shows, you don’t have to travel far to see good birds! Other worthwhile sites not covered on a regular basis are:
Richmond Park (southern section) TO 198 717
Hampton Filter Beds TO 130 693
|Barwell Court and Winey Hill TQ 169 630||
Prince’s Coverts TQ 160 610
Fieldcommon (TQ 127 665) and its associated sites
If you live close to any of these ‘forgotten’ sites, please think about visiting them, the more frequent the better, and submit your records.