NEWSLETTER No. 42 - Spring 1999
WEST MIDLANDS BRANCH, BUTTERFLY CONSERVATION
|Retiring Chairmanís Message :||Cover|
|Chairman's Message, Spring 1999||2|
|Educational Tours at Stratford Butterfly Farm||5|
|Supermoth is it a bird ?||6|
|Butterflies lead the way||7|
|Moths of the Wyre Forest Royal Ordnance site||8|
|Silver-washed Fritillary - Valezina||9|
|Review: O.S. street atlas of the West Midlands||10|
|Minutes of the Annual General meeting||11|
|Annual Review of WM butterflies and moths||12 - 19|
|Millenium Atlas Coordinators speak||20 - 24|
|Instructions for Contributors||26|
|Health and safety||27|
|Dates for your diary||27|
Retiring Chairmanís Message
I never did remember much about the ďmanagement"
training that I was given at various times during my 40 years in industry. Being
a technical guy, I got my kicks from tackling the many and varied technical
problems that came my way, the management bit was just something that had to be
done to make the wheels go round. But I did enjoy working with all sorts of
people, all the many characters that inhabit the complex social structure of a
modern industrial company.
However there was one management training tenet that remained firmly fixed in my mind, a rule for every newly appointed manager - "Identify your replacement." Thus it was that when Ian Duncan approached me asking to be shown what the West Midlands had to offer in the way of butterflies, a little "flag" was raised in my mind. Ian is a Geologist by profession, a long-time birder and is deeply committed to the cause of conservation, and when the day arrived for our tour of local butterfly sites, good fortune smiled upon us. It was a warm, sunny July morning, we walked the Malvern Hills transect and various other sites round about and every possible species that could be seen was seen, and not only seen but positively flaunted! He was hooked! A confirmed butterfly man! The little "flag" now became an illuminated sign and the rest, as they say, is history.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my couple of years in the Chair. I have enjoyed the involvement with the conservation aspects of the job (and hope to continue with them) and I've even enjoyed most of the other "making the wheels go round" aspects of the job, but especially I've enjoyed being involved with people, the characters who make up our happy band, and we do have some characters!
Thanks to everyone who willingly did the little jobs (and big ones) that I asked them to do, those who phoned to pass on some interesting bit of information or to share in some moment of lepidopteral pleasure. Thanks also to those who didn't moan when I got it wrong and to those who said "Well done!" on the occasions when things went well. I know that you will all give Ian the same support that you have given me and that being so, the West Midlands Branch will soar to new heights of excellence over the next few years.