Cake and penguins

the committee pretending to be efficient. Photo Jude Hirstwood

the committee pretending to be efficient. Photo Jude Hirstwood

Last night the committee met for the third and final time this year. It was a long meeting –  it lasted three and a half hours, but we got got a tremendous amount done. Some long drawn out paperwork was resolved. We now know where all the bat group equipment is and even  wrote off  a 24 year old steam powered detector. Tony agreed to have a go at refurbishing our ancient Mariner radio tracking equipment ( He is a physicist and is very good at taking things apart AND managing to put them back together again)

We fixed the dates for our regular surveys next year, talked about a new regular survey,training and events for next year, what equipment we might like to get, NBMP monitoring and so on and so on.

Of course being us, there had to be a cake break. ( Thanks to Jo who sent in a delicious lemon drizzle cake. With great self control we managed to leave some for Aidan to take home). I even got to bring some of the cake I had made home.

There was also a great deal of laughter, you wouldn’t expect us to be serious for that long would you?

Soggy's memory stick turns his back on the agenda. Photo Jude Hirstwood

Soggy’s memory stick turns his back on the agenda. Photo Jude Hirstwood

 

Soggy had brought her penguin memory stick with her and it led us thoroughly astray, tho Soggy had top block its ears at some of the more risque comments. We may yet decide to co-opt it onto the committee next year

 

 

 

Some stats: Our facebook page now has 198 members, this web site is getting over 15000 visitors a month from over a hundred countries and the woodland surveys ( including bat box checks and roost hunts) racked up 680 volunteer hours

Now having patted ourselves so firmly on the back, it is back to processing all the data we have collected (sob), But we are cheering ourselves up with the thought of a post Christmas night at the pub

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