On 12 April the SoFA AGM was held at the Prince of Wales Hotel in Southport. This was the first SoFA AGM since 2019, with the 2020 and 2021 AGMs having to be postponed due to Covid.
There was a good turnout from Members. The voting was unanimous for the election of the SoFA Officers and Committee. Thanks was given to Norma, who had stood down from the Committee after over 20years. She was thanked her for her loyal service to SoFA and was presented with a bunch of flowers.
Frank, SoFA’s Chair, reminded the members that our outings are restarting in June and there is an outing each month until the end of September. Full details of the outings are listed in SoFA’s Spring 2022 magazine and will be advertised on this website.
Following the AGM we were pleased to introduce Chris Hunter, Lead Ranger at Formby National Trust provided those present with an update regarding what goes on at the site on a daily basis. They now have a new ‘Tuesday Group’ who will carry out controlled tree management.
Chris reported that there are currently around 200 red squirrels within their Formby boundary. This survey was carried out by the Lancashire Wildlife Trust. Chris asked that anyone who sees either a red or grey squirrel in their garden that they report the sighting on the Lancashire Wildlife Trust website.
Between April and August a survey of the Natterjack toads is going to be carried out, unfortunately, the breeding season in 2020 and 2021 were unsuccessful.
Chris also thanked the SoFA group for their generous donation which will kick-start funding for the important restoration work to be done at Wicks Lake on the Trust site.
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