We welcomed several new members at our November meeting.
This month we were treated to a talk by local photographer Gordon Small on the Flora and Fauna of Hampshire.
Gordon talked us through his wonderful slideshow of photographs of a variety of birds, animals and fungi photographed at various locations in Hampshire.
We saw beautiful photographs of many different varieties of birds, including Siskins, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Brambling, Hawfinch, Dartford Warblers, Yellowhammers and Redpoll in locations We also learnt how to squirrel-proof our bird feeders!
We learnt about the different types of deer that are found in The New Forest.
We saw great slides of Butterflies, Demoiselles and Dragonflies.
We were enlightened about the vast array of fungi found in the New Forest and when best to find them. We learnt which ones were edible and which are not!
Photographs of orchids were a delight to see.
Gordon’s patience is unbelievable to achieve such perfection. He also travels around the world and sometimes sees birds that have migrated to our shores in another country. He also explained the process of how he was able to get the photos. He told us that “The camera never lies, but the photographer might!”
We are fortunate to have such great nature reserves and locations such as Blashford Lakes, Martin Down, Kayhaven, Titchfield as well as the New Forest National Park on our doorstep.
Members were able to sign up to activities such as our walking group, craft group and lunch club.
Britta and Julie told members about the latest news from Greener Brockenhurst, including the new Nappy Library and what can be recycled at the Recycling Shed. Julie is happy to collect ‘washed and squashed’ aluminium and empty medication foil blister packs at our monthly meetings for recycling.
Karen won the competition of the month with her great picture, which will feature on our Christmas card for this year.
We have our Christmas party for our December meeting for members and invited guests – the next open meeting is on 10th January 2022 at 7.30pm with Linda Miller talking about Machine Embroidery.