Keeping an eye on our feathered friends

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Vice President Wilma Fleming welcomed all to the May meeting of Templepatrick Women’s Institute (WI).

After business, Wilma gave a special welcome to speaker Colin Graham from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). Colin’s presentation included information on the 10 Most Popular Birds that Visited our Gardens Last Year and members also enjoyed the opportunity to hear all their different bird songs.

Colin explained how the society has campaigned against the plumage trade since Victorian Times in 1889 when Lady Williamson founded the RSPB. The charity established in Northern Ireland in 1966 and boasted one million members across the UK in 1977.

Colin recommended Greenmount Agricultural College and Rathlin as two interesting places for members to visit and where the RSPB carried out much good work. The charity is also involved in a number of international projects including the maintenance of rain forest and the protection of the water marinas. Colin concluded his talk with a magnificent film presentation.

Carol Creighton thanked Colin for his presentation and for helping to make gardens more bird friendly.

After supper, the Ballot Prize was won by Roberta Stinson and the Magazine Prize by Wilma Fleming. This month’s Competition for ‘An Unusual Bird Ornament’ was won by Beth Mawhinney.

The Vice President reminded everyone of the outing on June 9 when members will congregate at Greenmount Agricultural College to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of WI, finishing off with a meal at Corr’s Corner. Wilma also wished everyone an enjoyable summer.