Reporter: Keith Walker
The Christmas Social was held at the Swan Inn at Ringland and forty-two guests turned up dressed in their festive finery. In addition to the meal there was a table quiz coupled with some audio questions.
From the hubbub and general merriment, everyone appeared to enjoy themselves. After a fiercely fought competition the team of Richard & Beryl Norris, Chris King, Alan Fordham, Steph Plaster, David Gibbons, Ann Walker and Jacky Pett were declared the overall winners.
We also held two inaugural awards; the first was for the best photograph of a bird taken in the Wensum Valley in 2019, which was a Buzzard taken at Sparham by Hilary Gostling. The second award was for the best bird sighting in the Wensum Valley, which was a Turtle Dove sighted by Steve Connor.
The Swan was beautifully decorated and provided Xmas Fayre, which was served by their cheerful and efficient staff.
Speaker: David White
Reporter: Sue Gale
The Garden Birdwatch scheme, run by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), has now been running for 25 years, during which time over 11000 members have submitted over 250,000 records. Norfolk is the county with most members, perhaps not surprisingly as we are such a birdy place! The weekly returns cover not only birds but mammals, insects etc seen in gardens, but most records are of birds. The most commonly seen birds are Blackbird, Robin, Blue Tit and Woodpigeon, in that order, so no surprises there. The sad part is that many species are declining, Greenfinches and Song Thrushes amongst them. The latter are now only found in 20% of gardens when they used to be in almost all of them.
Please feel free to read through our reports from our monthly indoor / online meetings.