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Chalke Valley History Festival 2018

This festival is taking place in Broadchalke from Monday 28th June until Sunday 1st July. There are events which will be of interest to birders and natural history lovers. See www.cvhf.org.uk

Open Farm Sunday 10th June 2018

There are many farms participating in Open Farm Sunday. Matt Prior, Chair of WOS will have the WOS stand at Temple Farm, Rockley SN8 1RU, the event at this venue being organised by the Marlborough Downs Space for Nature and will run from 11 am to 4 pm.

WOS AGM Wednesday 11th April 2018 at 7.30 pm

in the Wessex Room, Corn Exchange, Market Place, Devizes, SN10 1HS

The WOS AGM followed by Stephen Moss who will present “Britain’s Big Wildlife Revival”. Stephen is a naturalist, author & TV producer who worked mainly for the BBC Natural History Unit in Bristol for almost three decades. He and the wider team received a BAFTA Special Award in 2011 for BBC’s Springwatch.

Swift Awareness Week 16th - 22nd June 

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Do take a look at events being planned in Salisbury and Wilton by the Secret Garden

https://www.secretgardensalisbury.uk/diary/

for Swift Awareness Week. 

Other events are listed in the diary which are likely to be of great interest to those fascinated by the natural world and keen to help conserve it.

Festival of Flight, Blakehill Nature Reserve, 19th August

Festival of Flight

Saturday 19th August 11 am - 4 pm

Blakehill Nature Reserve, Cricklade SN6 6RA

Join the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust on the historic airfield of Blakehill to celebrate the wonder of all things that fly! From Dakota to Dragonflies, whether your interest is the history of the former airfield, the wildlife of the reserve or just having fun, there will be something of interest for everyone. All ages welcome. Admission free.

https://www.wiltshirewildlife.org/Event/festival-of-flight

Hen Harrier Day South 6th August 2017

Hen Harrier Day South is to be held at RSPB Arne, Nr Wareham, Dorset on Sunday 6th August 2017 from 1100 - 1500 hours. Chris Packham will be one of the speakers.

James Ferguson-Lees 1929-2017

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We are very sorry to have to announce that James Ferguson-Lees, President of the Wiltshire Ornithological Society, died on the 11th of January at the age of 88. James moved to the village of Rode in Somerset in the late 1970s, and in 1984 he carried out a breeding bird survey of the Longleat Estate and later he became involved, together with John Pollard, a founder member and long-time Treasurer of WOS, in a project to install Pied Flycatcher nest boxes at Longleat. It was WOS’s good luck that because of this connection, he decided to become involved in the activities of WOS rather than the Society’s Somerset counterpart. He joined the Society in 1984 and was elected to the Executive Committee in 1994, where he served until 2006 when he was elected President of WOS, a position he held until his death. Among his many contributions to the work of the Society were chairing the Wiltshire Tetrad Atlas Group, responsible for planning and organizing the fieldwork for Birds of Wiltshire (1995-2001) and subsequently as Chief Editor on the Birds of Wiltshire Editorial Board (2002-2007). James had also held many senior positions in the national birding community, including editor of British Birds, President of the British Trust for Ornithology, Deputy Director of the RSPB and Records Committee Chairman of the British Ornithologists’ Union. He wrote or co-authored a number of books and was one of the original planners of The Birds of the Western Palearctic. He will be greatly missed.

A full obituary will be published in WOS News and in Hobby in due course.

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