February meeting of the WI was an excellent talk from John Clews
of the RSPB.
John gave us the history of the organisation as well as telling
us about the decline of birds, the RSPB campaigns and how we can
help the bird population in our gardens.
The protection of birds was first thought of in 1889 when Emily
Williamson was concerned about the number of birds killed for
the use of their feather in hats. She got together a group of
friends and they boycotted hats with feathers.
The RSPB was eventually formed in 1904 and the plumage trade abolished
He told us that 55million birds are killed by cats and encouraged
cat owners to keep their cats in at dawn and just before sunset,
also put a bell on the cat's collar.
The RSPB works with Farmers and with children, they also work
for renewable energy to reduce global warming, which is another
threat to birds.
They work to preserve rainforests in Indonesia and have 209 reserves
in the UK.
John accompanied his talk with beautiful slides and he said we
were the only group that he had talked to who identified all his
meeting is Wednesday March 9th when Rod Quilter will amuse us
with "Remarkable Restraints- the history of corsetry"
New members very welcome. We meet every second Wednesday of
the month in the Village Hall at 7.30.