We hope to see you at the NENBC Spring Social & Wildlife Activity Evening at Aylmerton Village Hall next Thursday, the 31st May. The hall activities will run from 7:30pm - 10:00pm but there is a pre-event walk around Felbrigg Park for the energetic amongst you. This year it is predominantly a social event when, as often requested, you’ll have the chance to catch up with other members for a chat without the time pressures of our usual Thursday talk rush. The event is free.

The pre-event walk will start from the Sexton’s Lodge Car Park at 6:00pm at the western end of Felbrigg Park where we normally meet for the monthly Wednesday walks. Car sharing is encouraged as the car park isn’t that big. If you could aim to get there for 5:45pm we can start promptly. PLEASE NOTE WALK START POINT CHANGE: We previously communicated that we would be starting from the hall but due to time constraints (and, it has to be said, the worries of some members that they might miss out on some of the food if they dawdled), we decided to make the alteration. Our apologies if this has caused you any problems. You can still park at the hall earlier and walk up either the Church Lane track or The Street into Felbrigg Park, but please give yourself plenty of time to get to the start point by 6pm and be aware that the hall will still be operating as a crèche late afternoon.

Events at the hall kick off at 7:30pm and there will be a full hot and cold buffet available throughout the evening. We will also be joined by some local groups:

• Norfolk Rivers Trust will be doing a bit of pond dipping across the road at the revitalised village pond and will also have a mini-aquarium. They are enthusiastically involved in many projects across Norfolk and happy to talk about any of them with you.
• Wild Touch will be there with a few rescued birds and other native specimens and they will be pleased to introduce you to their wildlife encounters and rescue work, so make sure you pop outside to their tent and see what they have to offer.
• Cley Spy will be bringing along the moth traps that they stock plus a selection of smaller items including hand lenses and magnifying glasses for sale. We think it will be a bit light to actually run a moth trap, but, weather dependent, we may be able to give this a go on the night. Although they won’t have any of their ‘scopes and bins’ range with them on this occasion, they are a font of knowledge on all things technical in the birdwatching equipment line and will be happy to answer any questions you may have, so do come prepared with a list of all the things you always wanted to know but never got around to asking!
• Find out about the Norfolk Bat Survey by listening to a short introduction to their work from one of our members, focussing on Thwaite Common.

Also at the hall during the evening we will have:

• A light-hearted DIY Quiz featuring a range of photo questions relating to birds, the NENBC area and its occupants, both of the feathered and non-feathered varieties.
• A Second Hand Bird & Other Wildlife Book Stall where all proceeds go to NENBC. If you have any publications you wish to donate, please bring them along on the night.
• Last opportunity to buy ‘The Birds of Felbrigg Park’ publication at the members’ discounted rate of £5. After the event, the book will be on sale for its cover price of £9.95. All profits will go to local wildlife conservation charity Felbeck Trust
Venue: Aylmerton Village Hall, NR11 8PX. There is parking along Church Road or in the overflow car park at the church, accessed via Church Lane. Please ensure that local residents can still access their driveways and there is sufficient clearance for agricultural vehicles to use the road. A torch might also be helpful, as the village has no street lighting. To keep the club's carbon footprint small, please consider car sharing. Please be aware that the road to the hall has recently been resurfaced and may be a bit gritty and skiddy still.