Sunday 12 November
Many thanks to everyone who came along to the BC reserves today, to help continue the major restructuring work. Ed Jnr and I brushcut a large area of Bracken on Park Corner Heath, while the rest of the team beavered away cutting new SPBF habitat in Rowland Wood. Volunteers today came from as far afield as Australia (a new BC Sussex record). Having missed the BC national AGM on Saturday, this was an opportunity to pass my own thanks and congratulations to Theresa and Gary, who picked up richly deserved Outstanding Volunteer Awards.
We also took the opportunity to have a look at the excellent progress made with heavy forestry work by our contractor, Ian Hampshire. There's a lot of wood coming out, and a lot of light going in! (Neil Hulme)
Some 250+ members attended Butterfly Conservation's AGM and Members' Day held in Cheltenham on Saturday. They witnessed the presentation of the Outstanding Volunteer Awards to Gary Norman and Theresa Turner, which they had earned by virtue of their extraordinary efforts over a long period of time in successfully breeding Small Pearl-bordered
fritillaries for re-introdcution into Park Corner Heath and Rowland Wood. The award was presented by Butterfly Conservation Chairman Dr Jim Asher, after which Gary and Theresa posed together with the other award winners, Tricia Atkinson of Gloucestershire Branch and Barry Shaw of Cheshire and Peak branch. Finally, the winners lined up with Jim Asher and Butterfly Conservation Chief Executive Julie Williams.
Meanwhile out of the limelight Dr Dan Danahar and his wife Libby manned a stand and sold copies of 'The Butterflies of Sussex'. (nigel symington)