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.
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.
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.