We hold our Annual General Meeting each year during the first week of March. Our Vice Chair gives a short report about our achievements and improvements we’ve made to the Nature Reserve in the past year.
We have a visiting speaker whose talk and presentation follow the business part of the meeting. After the talk there are refreshments and a chance to chat. There are free hot drinks, soft drinks, wine and nibbles. Everyone is welcome.
Previous Speakers’ talks have included:
Bats, Bumble bees, Butterflies and Moths of Essex, East Hanningfield Nature Reserve, Veteran Trees.
Thursday 3rd March 2016, 7.30 – 9.00pm, The Parks Depot, Waterhouse Lane, Chelmsford.
After welcoming everyone, Graeme handed over to Martin, our Vice Chairman who reviewed all our achievements of the past 12 months. Diane our Treasurer presented the accounts and then it was onto the speakers.
Paul Thwaites and Phillip Lock, two very modest engineers who work for Selex and both keen wildlife photographers saw possibilities in a camera which had been developed for a military project, but which had been shelved in 2012. They self-funded various modifications and after showing the camera to Russell Savory at Stow Maries Aerodrome they began to modify the camera. They attracted the attention of the BBC Natural History unit in Bristol and they’ve been developing the camera ever since. Originally the camera needed a massive power source (in a van) along with monitors and other heavy equipment, it now has a small monitor on top, its own portable power source and finger light touch controls.
Their talk and presentation showed what a fascinating journey it had been to develop a camera which gives images of a high level of sophistication, unseen until now.
Lyn and Elgan had organised the refreshments which were delicious, and our thanks to everyone for arranging the evening which we all felt was successful and extremely interesting.