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CHAIR'S REPORT 2023

(Presented to the AGM held on February 18th 2024; covering the year 2023)

Our first event last year was the Birdsong Walk, which took place on Sunday 14th May. It was a day of sunny spells and pleasantly warm with the birds responding accordingly with a bumper total of 34 species.

The Picnic in the Park event took place on Saturday 24th June and turned out to be a very pleasant day. We were lucky in that the weather, while hot, was cloudy and kept the blazing sun off us.

Our annual Moth Night at the Wick Country Park took place on Friday 30th June. Sadly, the weather did not play ball and, although it was cloudy (good for moths) it was cool and windy with a bit of rain at times (not good for moths). Despite the weather, we identified 14 species, some of them new to the park list and it was an entertaining night out.

The Autumn Walk with Apple Theme Refreshments was held on Sunday 1st October. On the walk 15 species of Birds were spotted, 2 species of Butterflies and 2 species of Dragonflies. Additionally, one Reptile - a Common Lizard.

The monthly Wildlife Walks again expertly organised by Martin Singleton have proved popular. Each month a comprehensive report is produced and also an annual summary which are uploaded onto the FOWCP website. Many thanks to Martin for his continued and welcome support of these events, and also the other walks.

The Wick Gardening Group - The Wick-ed Gardeners is now meeting regularly. Thank you to Marie for organising these.

In addition to the events in the Park, on Saturday 19th August the Community Showcase Event was held in Wickford High Street and the FOWCP, in conjunction with Wickford Wildlife Society, were provided a stall there. The event was organised by Wickford Town Council as part of their Summer Fest Programme and offered the opportunity for groups to promote their services to residents. It was certainly a busy day and both FOWCP and Wickford Wildlife Society had many visitors to the presentation resulting in new members joining.

We would like to say a big thank you to Ali Riley for her excellent management of our Facebook page and also the Wickford Wombles for their valued litter picks in the Wick Country Park. A thank you too to Alaric for all his hard work maintaining the website.

We are appealing for more volunteers, especially to join the committee to help arrange and give new ideas for this year's events.

Finally, free membership will be continued for another year.



Christine Lee
Acting Chair, Friends of the Wick Country Park
February 2024