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Newsletter - March 2018

Web Admin note: Apologies for the delay in uploading the regular newsletter; human error due to the Special Edition newsletter also being in circulation for March.

Dear Member


The first new date to announce is that of the Club’s AGM, which will be held at 7.30 p.m.

on Thursday 26th April in the Fire and Rescue Training Centre in Bowburn. This year’s

AGM is particularly important for the Club in that the committee will be proposing the

actions which need to be taken to convert it from an unincorporated association to the

recently-established legal category of Charitable Incorporated Organisation. Among the

advantages of this change are that it will enable the Club to own property and should

make it easier to apply for grants. Full information will be sent by post, as required by the

Constitution, at the beginning of April.

Following the business meeting there will be a social event. Kieran is hoping to book a

speaker but if this is not possible, there will be a quiz.

The Fire Services premises are modern with a fantastic room we can use and machines

for refreshments. It is on the Bowburn South Industrial Estate, less than 1 mile from

junction 61 on the A1(M). Directions from the motorway are to go into Bowburn towards

Durham City, turn L at the traffic lights and keep on to the end of the road. You will pass

the Fire and Rescue Admin centre on your L – ignore this and keep on round sharp R

and L hand bends to the end. There is ample parking.

The Lek

We are now in a position where we have a volunteer to collate and edit articles for The

Lek but we still need someone to format the booklet ready for printing. Ultimately we may

need to consider paying someone to do this but if anyone is willing to volunteer, this

would be most welcome. You can email us at to let us

know if you are interested


Unfortunately it has not been possible to give this the same attention as was previously

the case. The Club does regard it as an important means of communication but again we

would like a volunteer willing to take on the role of administering it. If anyone is willing to

do this, can you please let us know before the AGM again by emailing us at .


This App is also proving popular for giving information to a closed group. Any member

interested in joining it can again email us on

Thursday 15 March 6.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. - reminder

Lanchester Community Centre, Newbiggin Lane, Lanchester DH7 0NT

Joint DBC/BTO Fieldworkers’ Meeting.

The meeting is not intended only for those who are active fieldworkers at present, but for

all those who feel they may want to participate at some stage, and for those who would

like to know more about current and future surveys and about results from past survey

work. The doors will be open from 6.30 p.m. to allow people to meet other members,

before the presentations begin at 7.30 p.m. The Centre is almost opposite the Black Bull,

and has a generous car park.

The RSPB Durham Local Group is also holding indoor meetings, which are open to non-

members. An admission fee of £1 applies to members and non-members alike.

Tuesday 13 March 7.30 p.m. - reminder

Laurel Avenue Community Centre, Laurel Avenue, Durham DH1 2EY

Mark Pearson Filey International: arrivals and departures at North Yorkshire’s

Bird Observatory

Fasten your seatbelts! Migration never stops at this east coast hotspot - and neither

does Mark in his pursuit of its wonders. Let him take you on a whistlestop tour through

four seasons of high drama at his beloved Filey Bird Observatory. Mark has travelled

extensively over five continents in pursuit of wildlife and has appeared on Springwatch,

Autumnwatch and Natural World.

Field Meeting

Sunday 1 April Souter Lighthouse

Ringing Session organised by the Coastal Conservation Group

It starts at 7.00 a.m. It is understood it will continue until the birds run out!

Please park in the main car park at Whitburn Costal Park (SR6 7NQ) – there is no public

parking in the lighthouse grounds.

Local Field Trips – reminder and update

Provisional dates for other DBC outings remain as in the previous newsletters –

28 April – Upper Weardale and Teesdale

9 June – Muggleswick, and Pow Hill/Derwent Reservoir

14 October – Hartlepool, Seaton, Greatham, Saltholme

and further details will be announced when available.

Projects and Surveys - reminder

The Club’s 2018 surveys on Willow Tit and Lesser Spotted Woodpecker have now been

launched and detailed information is available on the Club website*. After the first month

several interesting sightings of Willow Tit have already been reported, but there is plenty

of scope for wider participation.

We would also encourage Club members to help with BTO and other surveys, some of

which are mentioned on a website at This year, too, it would be

useful to increase Durham’s representation in the BTO’s Heronries Census. This survey

began in 1928 so is celebrating its 90th anniversary. Locally few records have been

submitted – partly because some Durham colonies are small and transient. Evidence

from elsewhere in the country suggests that some heronries are now attracting egrets,

thus adding to the interest. If you would like more information on BTO and other surveys

please contact

Castle Lake - update

The Castle Lake Conservation Group has satisfactorily answered the further questions

asked by the Charity Commissioners about educational issues. It has now been given

charitable status and is still working on leasing the site from the owners.

Other Club matters

As previously stated, we will not be circulating a printed version of this newsletter, but if

you know of any Club member who needs to receive it in that form please let us know.

Finally, a further gentle reminder that subscriptions were due on 1st January. Thank you

to all those of you who have already paid; for the relatively small number who have not

yet done so, a membership form giving current rates is available on the Club website*

under the “Join Us” tab.

*Club website:


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