We are pleased to announce that our 2023 AGM will take place on Tuesday, 3 October at the New Apton Centre, Apton Road, Bishop’s Stortford, CM23 3SN. It will commence at 7.30pm and after the formalities and a break for refreshments there will be an illustrated talk on walks around Pishiobury Park by Sawbridgeworth resident and local naturalist, Bob Reed.

Bob, who was born and bred in the Stort Valley, is a retired science teacher. His many roles include being a Living River Champion for the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust, in recognition of his efforts to safeguard the county’s rare chalk streams. He also helped to pioneer the re-introduction of Water Voles in 2015 and 2017 and is warden of the Sawbridgeworth Marsh, Site of Special Scientific Interest. His achievements also include a successful seven-year campaign to have Pishiobury Park designated as a Local Nature Reserve and advising Sawbridgeworth Council as its ‘Eco-Auditor’.

He is an amateur wildlife film maker whose productions include ‘Bob’s Top 20! Invasive Species in the Stort’ and ‘Voices in Conservation’ – a celebration of the Stort’s natural heritage and the people working hard to protect it. He also chairs several local groups including the Stort Valley Nature Group (formerly the Bishop Stortford Natural History Society), the National Trust coppicing volunteers at Hatfield Forest and, the Friends of Pishiobury Park.

The event is open to both members and visitors.

Dave Webber – BSDFA

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