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Norman the Newt's News

MINUTES: Minutes of our October indoor meeting.

JANUARY: This Month's Old News : Anderton Resi 2007 click HERE

UPDATED: 19/01/19: Task Gallery, BCV Movies 26/09/18: Wildfest 2018 Gallery


3rd December - Christmas Loder Land
There have been a sightings of the lesser spotted John Loder across Manchester as he flits from tree to tree searching for a new perch. What is he up to? Click HERE to find out.



15th October - Luna in the Sky With Diamonds

Some sad news, Luna the ferret unexpectedly passed away on Saturday. Luna's first appearance was in May 2017 at the BCV dry stone walling competition, and later that month at the Woodland Trust Bioblitz. Luna replaced the late Ozzy as the group's resident show stealer and will be greatly missed by all who knew her, our condolences go out to Clayton at this sad time.







25th September - Wildfest 2018

Nature loves conservationists and to prove it the sun shone on our first ever Wildfest on Sunday 23rd September 2018 at Moses Gate Country Park. Wildfest was dreamt up by BCV Chairman/Co-ordinator Rick Parker to celebrate Bolton's wildlife and the work that has been done by Bolton Conservation Volunteers, the Gravel Pits Action Group and their volunteers over the years. Work on the event began in June when the idea was first discussed at our indoor meeting at The Sweet Green Tavern, over a few short months, and with Tesco grant funding, it developed from a rough sketch to a fully formed grand design.

The event was opened by our honoured guest Kath Martin who has been a supporter of BCV's activities since the group's early days in the and 1970's '80s when her son Philip was a member. Kath gave a moving speech and then cut our official ribbon and launched the day and another piece of BCV history.

The day's activities included dog obedience training, bird watching, pond dipping, hurdle making, den building, and leafy crown making. For each activity visitors got a sticker to stick on a map of the site and when they have a full set they can claim a cup of popcorn and a handful of pancakes.

When we began this journey we had no idea where it would lead, but the comments from visitors on the day and the extensive write up in the Bolton News marks Wildfest as being the most stunningly successful project we have ever conceived. Thanks to everyone involved for making it a day to remember. Photos can be found on the Wildfest Gallery.



12th August - Making A Difference

"After two members of the public found out that Rick Parker and the Bolton Conservation Volunteers have been working in and around Rivington, Bolton, for 22 years they decided to make a donation of £200 as a contribution towards their long term efforts."


These words taken from a letter sent to Rick by Kath Martin and her son Phillip in appreciation of all of the work BCV has done around Bolton over the years. Kath and Phillip have been following the group's activities for many years and even invited Rick to be guest of honour at Philip's birthday party.

BCV would like to thank Kath and Phillip for their generous donation which we are putting towards our Moses Gate project. In appreciation Rick has asked Kath to open our up coming Wildfest even at Moses Gate Country Park in September. A big thank you to Kath and Phillip from all BCV's volunteers. 


19th July - Rock and Roll Heroes


Our annual dry stone walling competiton was held at Entwistle Reservoir this year as our usual walling spot was both inaccessible due to the Winter Hill fire and also a bit rubbish now we've done all the best

bits. Thos year four teams of two competed and half of the them won.

So, who did indeed win our Game of Stones? Who rocked and who rolled? Well in second place, and winning the Rocky Sandal of Wayoh, was Tom "The Bruce" Bruce and Evelyn "The Edge" Egan. In first place, winning the Great Stone Welly of Entwistle, was Ben "Rock God" Barratt and Jane "When Will I be Famous" Arkwright.
Congratulations to all. Photos by Colin "Phake Fotos" Mather are on the Competition Page.



6th June - Willow the Wisp

A rare photo of a rare bird. The willow tit at Doffcocker Lodge has not only laid an egg but the chick has hatched and is ready to fledge. Willow tits have been declining since the 1970s with 90% loss alone in the last 15 years, mostly due to habitat loss; it is estimated that there are only 3400 pairs in the country. These tiny birds make their nests in standing dead wood which itself is declining. There are number of projects being run by various arms of the Wildlife Trust and RSPB, one of those being by Mark Champion at the Wigan Flashes where he has had some success with reviving the bird's fortunes. Thanks to Paul Thompson for the photo above. A photo of the adult bird can be found on the wildlife page.
 


18th March - Hedge to Hedge

 

Following on from the success of last months Hollins Vale Hedge Laying Competition our own Dr John Leather Memorial Hedge Laying Competition returned for its 15th bout. This year the competition, held in memory of Dr John Leather, was held at Anglezarke Reservoir. The winners of the silver bill hook were Ben Barratt and Jeff Griffiths, second place went to Neil Birtles and Paul Thompson. Photos can be found on the Competition Gallery. Well done teams.