SWAN notes

WE have just had our AGM and one or two changes have been made to the constitution of the trust regarding quorums and length of service for chairmen.

The result is that although the period for chairman has been lengthened to five consecutive years, we had to elect a new one. Barrie has retired and Dick Goff our new chairman.

Barrie has served the trust for many years and has deserved a rest. He will continue to serve on the committee member but his wife Anne is standing down. Barrie is also standing down from writing the column so it will be Graeme and myself plus news from volunteers explaining what they do what they have learned and how they never know what to expect when the arrive for their shift. Hopefully it will give everyone an insight into what really happens at the shed.

The last week has seen changes down there as the large pond pen has now got a length of lovely grass along the whole length of the pond. We have been able to do the work thanks to our two Jim’s who as soon as Kay says ’I wish we could get this fixed’ get the job done. This year has seen a big reduction in cygnets. Usually at this time of year the pond pen would be full of growing birds but this year none have been brought in. The grass laid in the small pond pen last year is being greatly enjoyed by the ducklings.

When I called in on Friday, Graham was worrying about thawing the fish in time to feed the gannet as he was sure it was giving him the ‘evil eye’ each time he went into the pen to take food to the other birds. I checked it up and sure enough it did glare at him when he passed by. Thankfully the fish soon thawed and Graham went to feed the gannet.

It took three fish one after the other no messing about. Graham escaped and put more fish out to thaw!

I must thank D R Colin for their generous donation of fish. Whitebait is an absolute necessity for the smaller seabirds and the 25 boxes collected by Barrie and Donnie this week will last some time and save us a lot of money. Many thanks.

Our tawny owl babies are all doing well. The youngest one is still the feistiest and glares at anyone entering the aviary. All should be ready for the big wide world before too long.

PAT GOFF

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