Butterfly Conservation West Midlands Branch

Annual General Meeting

Chasewater Staffordshire Nov 16 2002





The Chairman (Ian Duncan) welcomed the attendees (28) to the first AGM to be held in Staffordshire.

Apologies were received from Jim and Christine Chance, Jenny Joy, Dave Jackson, Andy Nicholls, Ron Hatton, Ian Hart and Richard Lamb.

The minutes of the previous AGM were approved and there were no matters arising.

The following committee members were re-elected after 3 years in office: Trevor Bucknall, Andy Nicholls, Mike Williams, John Brayford, Jim Chance, Neil and Corinna Gregory. In addition, the election was confirmed of the two new members co-opted during the year, James Hill and Tony Hatton.


Chairmanís Report

The Chairman highlighted the following in his annual report: 

The Chairman acknowledged and thanked all the members who had again contributed so much during the year.
Special thanks were made to the committee members.


Treasurerís Report 

Tony Hatton reviewed the accounts for the year. These were approved by the members.


Conservation Reports

The Chairman read the report submitted by the branch Conservation Officer, Jenny Joy. The major points were:


Dave Grundy (Moth Officer Birmingham and the Black Country) -

enthusiastically described the activities in his area during the year. Notable moths recorded included the Wormwood Shark, Angle-striped Sallow, Dark Spectacle and a new micro to the area, Tachystola acroxantha.


Neil Gregory (Moth Officer Worcestershire and Transect Co-ordinator) -

reported on the moth activities in Worcestershire and gave the preliminary results of the 2002 transect recording. He noted that the Silver-studded Blue had done exceptionally well. Over 50 transects are now walked in the West Midlands and he and Corinna have input over 70% of the data (668 years worth) onto the Transect Walker software.


Richard Southwell (Branch Organiser) -

summarised the successful campaigns at Anchor Meadow and Hawne Colliery. He also thanked the Dudley MBC branch members for their support to the campaign against the Dudley South by-pass which threatens important colonies of Dingy Skipper and Green Hairstreak.


Mike Williams -  reported that he was organising two foreign trips next year, to Hungary and Ecuador.


Tony Davis (Moth Officer Head Office) -

discussed the possibility of a scheme to start recording for a national macro-moth atlas. He also mentioned the Pyralid atlas which he hoped to publish next year.


There being no other business the meeting closed at 14.45.


Following tea, David Smith (Surrey Branch) gave a very interesting  talk on the Butterflies of Costa Rica. Davidís excellent slides showed the marvellous diversity of Lepidoptera and other wildlife in the area.

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