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TWIC Members' Newsletter Summer 2016

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TWIC Members’ Newsletter: Summer 2016

Welcome

Graeme Wilson

Welcome to the latest TWIC Newsletter. It is an exciting and busy year for TWIC with us expanding into new areas and also celebrating 25 years of TWIC in one form or another but there is a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes that is not always obvious. I am not talking about the TWIC staff (although TWIC could not exist without them!) or the office volunteers or the volunteer recorders (who both make a huge contribution to TWIC) but the work of the TWIC Board of Directors.

The Board currently consists of Sarah Eno (ex SNH Area Officer), as chair, with Ian Young (ex Midlothian Council Projects (Environment) Manager, Rob Briers (Napier University Lecturer) and David Dodds (Ecological Consultant) and they meet four times a year to give TWIC a strategic steer. It was the Board that made the final decision to expand, it is the Board that have overall financial responsibility for the organisation and the Board also approves policies and documents such as the Strategic Business Plan.

TWIC’s Articles allow up to 7 individuals to sit on the Board so there is currently space for up to 3 more. The Board have taken the decision to have a good cross section of experience on the Board so Directors do not have to have an extensive knowledge of ecology or recording, they just need to believe in the aims and objectives of TWIC. The Board is looking to welcome a Director with financial experience so if you think you have some suitable experience, or know someone who might be interested, then please get in touch with me for more details. Of course filling one Board seat still leave room for a couple more so if you think you might like to sit on the TWIC Board then please get in touch with me. By getting in touch you are not committing to anything other than receiving some more information.

My contact email is graeme@wildlifeinformation.co.uk or you can phone the office on 01875 825968.

Reports

TWIC's Data Holdings - An Update
Natalie Harmsworth
Over the last year or so, TWIC staff and volunteers have been working hard to acquire and process datasets for the expansion area to enable TWIC to start offering LERC services in this area from April 2016.

Read the full report here.

 
Mammals Workshop Tillicoultry, June 2016
Graeme Wilson
On Saturday 11th June TWIC held its first workshop in our new area at Tillicoultry, Clackmannanshire on the subject of mammals with 10 participants taking part. The workshop was held in partnership with the newly formed Central Scotland Mammal Group.

Read the full report here.

 

Upcoming Events

Date Location Leader Topic
Sat 6 August Pilton to Newhaven disused railway, Edinburgh Graeme Wilson Joint excursion with the Edinburgh Natural History Society (ENHS).
Sat 13th August Location TBC David Chamberlain General wildlife recording - including bryophytes
Sat 20 August Delph Pond and Wood (Clackmannanshire) Pat Batty Joint excursion with the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative (IFLI).
Sun 25th September Gallowberry Wood, Scottish Borders David Long Joint meeting with the Borders Bryophyte Group.

For more information visit the excursions page of the TWIC website.
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