Community Engagement – January 2024

Somer Valley FM and Big Garden Birdwatch

We are delighted to report that as a result of a letter John Yates wrote to the Bath Chronicle, which was published and picked up by several other local papers, Rob Bayly of Somer Valley FM, based in Midsomer Norton, asked John in to his Brunch show on 25th January to talk about birds whilst playing some bird themed music. John was accompanied by Helen Daniels from the group and a splendid half hour quickly disappeared chatting about birds, Somerset Levels and (correctly) identifying a few bird calls Rob played. Hopefully this generated some interest in wildlife and our local group as well. Many thanks Rob.

Following that on Saturday 27th January it was the turn of the J’s and L’s! Prior Park Garden Centre again hosted us whilst we gave out leaflets for the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch in its 45th year. The J’s were June, Jean, John and Jan and the L’s were Linda and Lin topped and tailed by Helen. We had excellent engagement with customers and staff to take part in the survey and to discuss their garden bird sightings. We hope a few will be encouraged to join our group – and indeed one such email request has just been received through this website. Image kindly taken by Prior Park staff of a few of us on the day.