Summer Newsletter 2024 May issue

Welcome to the May edition of the Wokingham and Bracknell Local RSPB Group’s summer newsletter. In his leader’s message Alan Moore announces that the group’s 45th Anniversary Celebrations preparations are well underway. Beccy Speight, CEO of the RSPB will be visiting to lead our celebration at Finchampstead Memorial Hall on the evening of Thursday 11th July 2024.

He also summarizes all the group’s successes since the New Year, and reminds members of the upcoming dawn chorus and nightjar walks.

It has also been decided that Dorset will be the destination of the group’s 2025 spring residential, and that in the autumn Lincolnshire will be the chosen residential. Both sites will be new to the group’s previous residential visits.

Worryingly we report that two reserves are under threat by two different threats.

Elaine Charlson updates us on page 2 of the progress of the new RSPB Blackbushe reserve. The group will visit this reserve in 2025.

On page 3, Elaine Charlson explains the sexual prowess of the humble dunnock.

On page 4 we look at the fact the bird numbers are falling, with two stories, both linked to human activity.

As always Diane Cox and myself would be delighted to receive any articles, images or input for the newsletter or to upload bird related reports onto our website. No matter how small, contribution to the group is very important.

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Tom Bickerton

May 2024