The branch AGM, Photographic Competition & Member’s Day this year will be held at the Forest Centre at Marston Vale in Bedfordshire. Proceedings will commence at 1.30pm with a guided walk (about an hour) in the vicinity of the venue to see Spring butterflies which will hopefully include Grizzled & Dingy Skippers and Green Hairstreaks. The AGM will start at 3.00pm followed by our guest speakers and the photographic competition, aiming to finish by 6.00pm. Refreshments will be available from the centre’s cafe.
The Speakers this year will be Douglas Goddard and Bryan Holden who’s talk is entitled ‘BB and his Butterflies’.
The venue is situated off the A421 at Marston Moretaine, from the M1, Junction 13, and along the A421 towards Bedford. From Bedford take the A421 towards Milton Keynes, the venue is signposted from the A421. Grid Ref:TL004417
Entries for the photographic competition (prints only) may be submitted in advance to any committee member (see back page) or submitted on the day. Entry is open to all branch members.
Could last years trophy winners please contact Stuart Pittman regarding return /engraving arrangements.
There will be four categories:
The Chairman’s Shield The Best British Butterfly in the wild.
The Don Askew Memorial Shield This includes Branch Activities, Field Trips, Winter Work parties, Sales Events, Members etc.
The Butterfly Conservation Shield The Best Picture of a Butterfly or Moth in it’s early stages (egg, caterpillar, pupa etc)
Best British Moth Shield Best Picture of a British Moth.
Rules for the photographic competition
No more than 6 entries per category per entrant.
All pictures to have been taken in the last year.
An entry fee of £0.50p will be charged per picture entered and no larger than A4 in size.
Every entry must show name/initials of entrant on the reverse.
Digital images must not be enhanced by computer manipulation.
Committee accepts no liability for loss or damage to entries.
Winning entries are to be available for publication on the branch website and in the Branch Newsletter.