Swallowtail (upperwing) by Peter Eeles

A successful Members’ afternoon and AGM had 66 people attending.  We were joined by Jim Asher and Mike Dean, Chair and Vice-chair respectively of Butterfly Conservation Trustees.  Jim Asher opened the proceedings with a short overview from a national point of view.  Our main speaker, the entomologist Paul Waring, talked about how he was turning a large over-worked garden surrounded by intensive agriculture into a wildlife haven.  Arguably he had purchased a house in the most unlikely area of west Norfolk, but the results of just 18 months work were quite remarkable and inspired those present to think carefully about making our own gardens wilder and more wildlife friendly.  After tea and a wonderful choice of homemade cakes, we had our usual short AGM.  Andy Brazil then finished the afternoon with a talk about recording and how the records you all send him are used.  He also explained about the many other sources of records and how the advent of digital recording and social media has expanded in this field.  As next year is the last year of the 10 year cycle for county-wide coverage, Andy finished with an update on the current situation.  The afternoon concluded with presentations to the two winners of the photographic completion.