Well! The rain I asked for in the last Villager fell in torrents in April, not just at night as some wanted, but on what seemed to be most days. Both Angus Dart and Rosemary Greasby recorded totals of about 120mm, more than they had ever recorded for the month since 1998. Across England and Wales April was the wettest month in the Met Office archive going back to 1910 and possibly the wettest since raingauges were first used consistently in the UK since 1776. Floods in the Thames and other rivers resulted but quite a lot more rain is needed to satisfy the drought.
This summer, with the help of the County Moth Recorder, we are starting a project on moths. A moth trap will be set up overnight and the number and species counted the next morning.
Annual Meeting of Members
Steve Head, who many of us have known at the Northmoor Trust and at Pond Action, came to talk to us on 22 March on “Has conservation failed?” He presented a number of examples of what was happening to different species, addressing population growth and climate change to sum up the prospects for humanity. It was an interesting but sobering talk.
The Officers and Committee was elected as follows:
Alison Bloomfield, Paul Chilton, Daryl Dixon, Josie McCarthy, Betty Price (Secretary), David Evans Roberts Annabel and John Rodda (Chairman), Peter Varley and Trevor Wintle (Treasurer).John Rodda
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