Ben Osborne talk, 13 February 2019
Following the Group’s AGM, we were treated to a superb talk by the acclaimed photographer, Ben Osborne.
He shared his experiences of working on South Georgia and in the Antarctic, with wonderful pictures of their wildlife and starkly beautiful landscapes, as well of visits to Greenland and Botswana. And just to show that you don’t need to visit such exotic locations to be able to appreciate nature, he rounded off with some cracking shots of South Shropshire and Montgomeryshire and a look at the inspirational ‘Curlew Country’ project.
Thank you, Ben, for a thoroughly enjoyable evening!
Bird Box Workshop, 12 January, 2019
The usual peace below the Kerry Ridgeway was temporarily shattered by the sound of many hammers hammering as around 20 people spent a couple of hours on a Saturday afternoon constructing enough nestboxes to provide the equivalent of a decent-sized bird housing estate.
The materials, tools and instruction were provided by Paul Roughley, with around half the boxes made going to his projects supporting local birdlife.
The speed of construction improved rapidly as people became more familiar with the construction method, leading to 40 boxes being made in all, with even a couple of owl boxes thrown in for good measure.
Fungi Foray – Saturday, 20th October 2018
Led by fungi enthusiast Rob Rowe, the group found plenty of types before we had even left the car park! Moving up on to the hillside, we learned that there are around 15,000 species of fungi to be found in the UK alone, and that many are associated with particular trees: oak, beech and birch often host several different types, while ash and sycamore tend to offer little for the fungi hunter.