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 Minutes of Indoor Meetings

 Read Colette's minutes of our June 2017 indoor meeting  - click HERE

Norman the Newt's News

NEW July 8th - A Night at The Allotments

Thanks to everyone at Tonge Fold Allotments for welcoming BCV to their brilliant Quiz Night and buffet. The evening began with Rick's guided tour of his plot and an introduction to the £10K composting toilet.

There were about eight teams of six or less and BCV fielded two of them: The Newt Fanciers (Rick, Jane, Sheena, Justine and Katriona) and The Newt Seekers (Francis, Colin, Paul, Brian and Carol), questions covered geography, sport, literature, general Knowledge and music. At half-time food was served, some of it picked from the allotments.
After a hard fought contest The Newt Seekers were victorious, and the winnings were donated to the Birthday Party fund. Photo from Tonge Fold Allotments facebook page.

27th June - Big Fans

Big thank you to Anne and David Welding of Fanpits Cottages for putting a magnificent barbecue for BCV on Saturday. Although Anne and David's site is small it is hugely important for dragon and damselflies, amphibians, butterflies, birds, bats, hedgerows and wild flowers.

Sites like this help to make up the mosaic of smaller habitats that are vitally important to the survival of out native wildlife and fill the gaps between larger habitats that have become fragmented by industrial and urban developments. Big cheer for Anne and David. Photo is from 2015 when we built Anne's pond, today the pond is thriving with life. 

27th May - Smithills Bioblitz

The Woodland Trust held its second Bioblitz event at Barrow Bridge, Smithills, and BCV were one of the groups attending along with Greater Manchester Local Record Centre, Bolton Museum, Lion Learners Animal Handling, Friends of the Earth, North West Badger Group, Bolton and Bury Swifts, Manchester Mammal Group, Discover the Wild and Tiny World Microscopes.

Our part in the event included a hurdle making demonstration and a bug hunt. Our planned pond dipping exercise had to cancelled as the pond had dried up. However, Rick brought some creatures from his pond which visitors found just as fascinating.

10th May - Wonder Walling

Although held slightly sooner in the calendar than in previous the sun still shone on our annual dry stone walling competition. This year the competition was even tougher as our wallers  continue to get better and better.

But there can only be one set of winners and this year the Stone Boot of Rivington was won by Ben Barratt and Francis Williams, runners up were Tom Bruce and Andrew Brownlow. Photos are on the Task Gallery page and shortly BCV Movies.

23rd April -BCV Movies Gets a Second Series!

With the departure of Chris Banks as the BCV movie maker it seemed that our You Tube days were over.. but we were wrong. The Thing in My Soup (aka Andrew Brownlow) has taken up the challenge and his first BCV movie is on the BCV Movie page. Click HERE to go there. 

Photos of the day can also be found on the Task Gallery

1st April - Hopping with Joy

In August 2016 we left Bolton to carry out a unique task in London. Andrew wanted a pond outside his house next to Crystal Palace Park. We dug a pond, filled it with water and went home to await the results. Today Andrew sent this brilliant bit of news:

"Andrew is proud to announce that, following a brief gestation period,is beloved pond has had tadpoles, Many thanks to Carol, Colin, Elaine, Francis, Jane, Paul, Sheena, Tom and Trish for excavating the mother, and to timely advice from consultant obstetrician for amphibia, Dr Parker."

Congratulations to Andrew on becoming the proud 'father' of a new generation of bouncing baby frogs.

15th March - The Big Day

This year the BCV annual Dr John Leather Hedge Competition was held at Hollins Local Nature. The event was sponsored by Park Royal Stone and hosted by Hollins Conservation Group and Bury Council Ranger Serve, with tea and biscuits provided Hollins Village Bowling Green.

After a hard fought contest judge Noelle Leather announced the joint winners as team number 5 - Brian Griffiths and Barry Dorrington from Bury and team number 2 - Francis Williams and Steve Dunbar of BCV. Second place went to Ben Barratt and Sheena Flanaghan. Well done to every one.Photos are on the News page Competition Gallery.

Last year Ben narrowly missed a winning place in hedge competition with Paul taking first and second place being taken by Anna Cocker. Ben did win that year's dry stonewalling competition with Anna coming second. Deciding he was on a winning streak this year Ben proposed to Anna and she said yes, proving that walls and hedges are no barrier to romance. Congratulations to both of you from BCV.

12th February - Farewell Ozzy

BCV has lost another of its best loved members - Ozzy the Ferret. Ozzy had not been well for sometime and sadly passed away recently. He will be remembered for stealing the show at the BCV 40th Birthday Party and being the star attraction at any event where he made an appearance whether it was a task, indoor meeting or open days. Inquisitive, beer drinking and finger nibbling Ozzy will be greatly missed by everyone, condolences to Clayton.