Sunday, 19th November 2017

Another Day out at Brockholes

This year our Annual Members Meeting was again held at the Brockholes Nature Reserve following the positive feedback from the last AMM.  A clear November morning with blue skies and not quite as cold as forecast.

The day started at 10:30 with a walk around the reserve led by John Leyland, our treasurer, who continues to support Brockholes as a volunteer on the reserve. John gave an insight into the progress and ongoing works within the reserve. Having completed a full and interesting tour particularly for those of the party who had not previously visited the reserve we returned to the floating reserve centre to take lunch .Some of the group enjoyed the excellent food on offer in the reserve restaurant while others consumed their packed lunch in the conference centre where we planned to hold our AMM later in the day. Our meeting commenced at 2:00 pm, Robb (Chair) and Ian (Group Secretary) led the meeting through the agenda and concluded the formal requirement of approval of the annual accounts and election of the committee. The meeting was lively with many contributions from members on the topics raised by both Robb and Ian.

 David Kelly, the Area secretary, had joined the group for the morning walk and gave a brief presentation on some of the footpath issues which still remain unresolved in the county. We had short break for tea and coffee ….  The eagerly expected homemade biscuits were missing ….who forgot to order?? Returning to the conference room to receive a most interesting presentation from Harvey Hamilton-Thorpe from the Ribble River Trust, one of several River Trusts in Lancashire.

The Ribble Rivers Trust is a charitable organisation formed in 1997 with the aim of restoring the Ribble and surrounding catchment to its former glory for the benefit of wildlife and people.

Harvey covered the history of the trust and the many interesting projects which are being currently undertaken or completed within the Ribble Catchment.

The meeting concluded a little later than planned however another successful AMM Well Robb thought so !

At the entrance to the Visitor Centre . . .

there are clear reflections on one side . . .

and on the other side . . .

it is time for breakfast

More reflections as we leave the Visitor Centre . . .

via the boardwalk

John explains about activities in this area but . . .

someone isn't taking any notice!

If you go down to the woods today . . .

you can post your letters to Santa

Another stop to hear more about the activities

Pheasants don't just enter the bird feeding area . . .

one finds a way to access the food in the cage . . .

while another takes over the bird table

Cormorants enjoy the sun . . .

and the nearby Hide . . .

provides lots of information

One example of many activities - building a shelter

A kestrel enjoys . . .

its latest catch

A flow monitor . . .

on the River Ribble

To the left of the building . . .

this area has been cleared of willow

A leisurely lunchtime . . .

gives time to spot interesting angles

AMM Business is followed by a coffee / tea break . . .

before gathering for a presentation entitled 'Ribble Life Together' . . .

given by Harvey Hamilton-Thorpe from the Ribble Rivers Trust

Time to go home - as the light starts to fade

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