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FIELD MEETING REARRANGED
Our Kingley Vale field meeting scheduled for 16th March was sadly cancelled due to the threat of severe gales and consequent dangers in the woodland.
However, an additional meeting will be held at this site on 3rd August at which we will hopefully see the resident colony of chalkhill blue butterflies.

RICHARD MUIR
It is with great sadness that the Committee reports the death of Richard Muir on 26 February.  Until April 2018 he had been our President for over 20 years.   He had expressed a wish that there should be no memorial service.

BLACK DOWN & HINDHEAD NATIONAL TRUST SUPPORTERS PRESENTATION
The Haslemere Society is holding its spring meeting on Friday April 12th at Haslemere Hall.
They have asked BD & H NT Supporters to give a presentation of their work and of plans for the Black Down Estate and Valewood. These include
'extensive grazing' by long horn cattle and the exciting prospect of a beaver introduction.
HNHS members are invited to the meeting at 7:30 pm on Friday April 12th at Haslemere Hall.
There is no entry charge for non-members of the Haslemere Society but there will be drinks and canapes served and if non-members partake they will be asked to make a donation of 5.00 to cover costs.
If you would like to attend, please register your interest with Jeremy Bonnett of the supporters group.

THE ADDERS OF MARLEY COMMON
During 2014 and 2015 the society funded a study of the adders on Marley Common aimed at understanding the movements of males during the mating season and their foraging behaviour.
A preliminary report of the study findings can be downloaded by clicking here.
No part of this report may be used without permission from Haslemere Natural History Society.

GODALMING AREA BIRD E-MAIL GROUP
Ed Stubbs tells us of this group, covering a loose area down to Haslemere. They post sightings and chat about wildlife. If you're interested e-mail us, and we'll pass on your details to Ed.

LUTRA WILDLIFE TOURS
Members may remember Lee Morgan's wonderful talks.
Lutra Wildlife still have a couple of places available for their fantastic August 2019 Ultimate Killer Whale tour of Vancouver Island. They will happily provide a bit of a discount for any HNHS members that would like to join them on that tour. For further details please see  webpage www.lutrawildlife.com or email Lee Morgan directly at lee@lutrawildlife.com if you would like to find out more about the tour.

REPORT YOUR BIRD SIGHTINGS
The British Trust for Ornithology is always interested to hear of uncommon bird sightings. See their web site for details of the various recording and survey schemes they run to see if you can help.

FLAWED BADGER CULL EXPANDS ACROSS ENGLAND
The Wildlife Trusts have drawn our attention to the recent extension of badger culling despite serious flaws in the reasoning behind it. Vaccination of badgers is a far cheaper and more effective way of addressing the vectoring of a small percentage of bovine TB via our wildlife.
Find out the facts and see how to raise an objection by checking the trusts' website:
https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/news/flawed-badger-cull-expands-across-england

FIELD MEETING LOCATIONS
Each of the grid references for our field meetings is now linked to a map of the location. Just click on the link to see exactly where to meet.