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Butterfly Transect – Volunteers wanted

We are planning to do a butterfly survey this summer at Grin Low Wood and we are looking for volunteers. Do you have an interest in butterflies and can you identify them? The season starts at the beginning of April and goes through to the end of September. We will have a route that is walked once a week although depending on how many volunteers take part you should only need to commit to this about once a month. The walk should take no more than one hour and will start from Poole’s cavern car park. The route will be split up into sections and we will record the species and the number of butterflies seen in each section using a pre-printed sheet. At the end of the season, all our records will be sent to Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and Butterfly Conservation to help determine local and national trends. So, if you would like to take part in this citizen science project please reply to communications@buxtoncivicassociation.org.uk and put Butterfly Transect in the subject line.

Members Event – Dawn Chorus Walk

Is it a bird?

This year Buxton Civic Association is celebrating the International Dawn Chorus Day on May 3rd. This is an international event and will be taking place all around the world. Birds sing throughout the day but morning is the ideal time for them to establish their territory and impress a potential mate. We expect to hear the three species of Thrush (Song, Mistle and Blackbird), three species of Tit (Great, Blue and Coal), the Crows, Collared Dove, Woodpigeon, Chaffinch, Robin, Nuthatch, Greater Spotted Woodpecker and some of the summer migrants. Our event will be held at Grin Low woods and we will meet in the car park for a 5:00am start. The event will last for a couple of hours but it is for you to decide when you want to leave. Please do bring warm clothing and suitable foot wear for walking. Binoculars will also be a useful item to bring. Please contact Simon Fussell at communications@buxtoncivicassociation.org.uk to register your interest.

If you want to brush up on your bird song there is a link below to the RSPB website where if click on the links to the appropriate species there is recording of their songs.

RSPB Bird Guide

Westminster Tour

BCA members with Andrew Bingham MP in the Great Hall at Westminster

Members of Buxton Civic Association enjoyed a trip to London recently to take in a guided tour of the Palace of Westminster in February. A question and Answer session was hosted by Andrew Bingham MP for High Peak in one of the committee rooms at Portcullis House. This was followed by a tour of the Palace, taking in both the Lords and the Commons, and a look at some of the places made famous by the recent BBC programme, “Inside the Commons”.

Mike Monaghan Chair of the Association said “The trip was a great success and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. We have had some suggestions for future tours and members will be contacted shortly with these.”

Hilary Lawrence leaving presentation

Mike Monaghan chair of Buxton Civic Association presents a leaving gift to Hilary Lawrence

Hilary Lawrence has resigned after twenty seven years as a director of Buxton Civic Association, and to celebrate her outstanding contribution, a presentation evening was held at Poole’s Cavern visitors centre. She was presented with two pieces of work by a local artist Pauline Townsend, by Mike Monaghan the Chair of BCA. Mike told members that he was delighted that Hilary was going to remain a member and that Brian her husband was now on the board. He paid tribute to her dedicated service over the years, in particular with her leadership of the planning committee. She had done a difficult job extremely well and had guided the Association through the minefield of planning with great skill and diplomacy.

Replying to Mike, Hilary explained how much the Association had changed over the years that she had been involved.She explained that she felt that the catalyst for change was the introduction of planning awards by BCA. This got people involved and the Association became better known as a result.

She had enjoyed her time on the board, and paid tribute to the people who had served on the planning committee with her, and reiterated her feeling that it was vital for BCA to be continue to be active in the planning process. She wished Mike and the Association well for the future.