BWA Annual General Meeting Weekend

The day started with four of us departing from a very mild and sunny Hull. As always the AGM is a day we very much look forward to. This year the weather was perfect for the whole weekend! On arrival we were greeted with tea and coffee and had a chance to talk to other members before any official business started. The formalities didn’t go on too long and then we had a very interesting talk called Healthy Bird, Happy Bird by Taiana Costa about common waterfowl ailments and bird welfare.

After an excellent meal in the Slimbridge café we were given a guided tour of the grounds by Phoebe Vaughan. As Living Collections Warden and lifelong waterfowl enthusiast, Phoebe shared her experience and knowledge making it a very interesting tour. It was a relaxed stroll around the grounds, giving everyone plenty of time to admire the birds and ask questions.

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Phoebe explains the plans for the wader aviary A gentle stroll gave time for talking about birds

Phoebe explains the plans for the wader aviary (left) A gentle stroll gave time for talking about birds (right)

Looking into the flamingo enclosure at Slimbridge East Indian Whistling Ducks

Looking into the flamingo enclosure at Slimbridge (left) East Indian Whistling Ducks (right)

As the warmth of the afternoon faded we repaired to the Tudor Arms at Shepherds Patch for drinks and a game of skittles. This year the victors were the Wildfowl team, and if we had not won, surely the Domestic team would have cheated! Rivalry? You bet. Rivalries set aside, we enjoyed a group meal in the consevatory at the pub.

Skittles at the Tudor Arms

Skittles at the Tudor Arms

On the Sunday morning we met at the Prinknash Bird and Deer Park. Again, the weather did not disappoint. The park is set in a beautiful valley with a wide variety of birds and animals to see and feed. One of us spent all of his pocket money on bags of feed for the animals! The visit was thoroughly enjoyable and a lovely way to end the weekend.

Charlie Hardcastle

A full report of the formal proceedings of the AGM will appear in the Spring edition of Waterfowl.

Prinknash Bird and Deer Park Chinese Geese

Prinknash Bird and Deer Park (left) Chinese Geese (right)

Preening Rosybill Andy shares his pocket money

Preening Rosybill (left) Andy shares his pocket money (right)

Gathered for a cuppa at Prinknash

Gathered for a cuppa at Prinknash