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St Mary's Island & Wetland

The entry below is a synopsis of our speakers talk on 18th November 2018.

A very interesting presentation this week was given by Mr. Colin Bradshaw entitled “St Mary's Island & Wetland”.

Colin started off by giving us a brief history of the area saying that in medieval times it was the site of a chapel. In the 19th Century due to the number of shipwrecks it was decided to build a lighthouse there to warn shipping of the rocks and was built 1896-98, in 1997 it was switched to automatic electric light and decommissioned in 1984 it then became a museum in 1987. The area has been a haven for wildlife and boasts that in 1838 the UK’s 1st Yellow-browed Warbler was sighted in 1960 a Red-flanked Blue-tail was sighted and 1979 Ross’s Gull.

He went on to show photos of many birds that use the area either for over winter or a convenient stop over to their migration locations the setting up of the Conservation Group and the aims they set themselves was discussed and how what they have done to complete each task. Colin ended with outlining what they are aiming to do in the future and how anyone can get involved with or without skills in area such as Litter Picking, Cutting Bushes & grasses, helping us on counts or Raising Money and finally an invitation to visit the wetlands for a guided tour individually or a group visit.

This was a very thought provoking presentation and was well received by our members.

Questions on several points were asked through the presentation.

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