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Friends of St.Ives AGM 2019

We are holding our 2019 AGM on Wednesday May 29th at 7.30pm. Please note the new venue at the Harden Congregational Church. Andrew Cutts, the assistant Trees and Woodlands manager for Bradford Council, will be giving a talk about the ‘Management of St Ives’ and there will be time at the end for any questions you may have. We do hope you can join us for the meeting.

We now have a task team who are carrying out various key tasks within the Estate grounds such as gully clearing, litter picking, habitat improvements to name but a few. The team meet on alternate Thursday, check out the calendar for the next date and contact Sara

FoSI Guided Birdwatching spring 2019

This year’s guided bird watching walks were among the best attended since we started. The walk, organised in conjunction with Bradford and Airedale RSPB group, held on the International Dawn Chorus Day had 27 people join in.

This year the weather was kind to us for all the morning walks and we had some special sightings.

During the earlier walks we saw Brambling, a winter visiting finch, for the first time during one of our walks. Redwing, another winter visitor, was seen well into April. The regular summer migrants started appearing a little later than “normal” but at times they were joined by some scarce visitors to St.Ives Estate.

Garden Warbler which has had a toehold in St.Ives for several years now appeared in larger numbers than any year on record with at least 6 singing males one morning. On the dawn chorus day, we were lucky to find a singing Redstart which sang in full view albeit it distant.

By mid-May, sadly, it was apparent “we” were going to miss out on one or two species though. The Wood Warbler haven’t returned to breed and flycatchers have yet to arrive. The evening walk suffered from a cool gusting wind which hindered our chances greatly, however we did have good views of a roding Woodcock.

The combined species total reached 61 species seen or heard during this year’s walks.

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