Some of you might have been really lucky to see an Avocet visit the Lido last week and land on one of the nesting platforms.
The Avocet is a distinctively-patterned black and white wader with a long up-curved beak. It is the emblem of the RSPB and symbolises the bird protection movement in the UK more than any other species. Its return in the 1940s and subsequent increase in numbers represents one of the most successful conservation and protection projects.
And we had a welcome return of a Black Swan who we haven’t seen for a couple of years.
Black swans are native to Australia and are the state bird of Western Australia. They were brought to the UK as ornamental birds like peacocks and golden pheasants. Like many other captive birds, they occasionally find their way out into the wild.
They are similar in size to the closely related mute swan. They appear all black when swimming but they have white primary wing feathers, which can be seen in flight. The bill is red with a broad white band on the tip.
Chair gave update on following proposals:Boating, Swimming, café, changing rooms, toilets and overspill car park.
The majority of membership have voted that they do not want the proposed car park where it is to be located.Believed that our objections have delayed construction for up to previously two years and there are still 22 reserved matters which need resolving.
It appears that the Council may have breached their own planning conditions
It is important that FORL maintain communication links with the Council. However it appears that the Council have completely withdrawn links with the FORL.We are aware of an instruction from Mr Puddifoot that no Council officer is to co-operate with the group.However the FORL need to keep up efforts to speak with Council and maintain a good relationship with them.
The new Woodland Centre will be used for educational purposes & functions and will provide better catering facilities.
The Railway is to benefit from a new café, new ticket office and toilets near to Willow Lawn.They will get toilets and a new mess room at Woody Bay.
Only diseased Oak trees have been removed.
The current overflow car park does not have good signage
There are now yellow lines in Bury Street
FORL have suggested a free bus to the Lido
It is understood that proposed CCTV will cost approx £26K
The entrance behind the bus stand will disappear
What direction shall FORL take?
Maintain links with Railway
Maintain links with Residents Associations to support FORL protect the Lido, help the Council and to litter pick
Maintain links with voluntary groups accessing Lido & facilities
Funds are healthy current – expenditures have been on postage, publicity & bird food.
Proposed to purchase storage container for food
Consider Water testing (passed by group)
Consider applying for FOIA for details of costs of Lido
Strategy around planned future developments of lido – passed
Minutes to be published on website – passed
Lido Management Action Group:
Group will be looking at the planning approvals and Woody Bay development
Will be discussing apparent breach of own planning conditions made by the Council
The Council must still apply for a licence to Natural England
Membership is currently free – donations will still be gladly received.
Free membership to continue until next AGM in June 2013.
Roger Yates is given life membership
David Seaman is given life membership
Nominations & Voting committee membership:
Nomination of Pat Taverner to Membership Secretary.
Following voted to Committee:
Chair – Vicky Brownlee
Vice Chair – Nicky Saragossi
Secretary – Lindsey Hannigan
Treasurer – Hazel Toms
Membership Secretary – Pat Taverner
Executive Member 1 – Linda Lamb
Executive Member 2 – no nomination
Executive Member 3 – no nomination
The peace and quiet of early morning at Ruislip Lido disappeared before Christmas when the jack hammers arrived to smash up the hard standing by the beach. Ever since then we have had lorries, cars, chain saws and wood chipper disturbing the tranquility for early morning walkers, why they have to start work before 8am I have no idea.
Well this morning topped the lot with a 60 tonne crane parked on the dam wall blocking the path and probably causing damage (?). What next?
Please find below my report on recent proceedings at Ruislip Lido. I also attach two thumbnails of photos and a link to a video. I have no idea if you can access youtube on MET computers, so I will also later send a link via yousendit. Hopefully one of them will work. At approx 1min 20 of the video you can clearly see the tree come down in the background.
I visited the site being cleared at approx 10.30am on Wed 16th January 2013. I had told the site foreman the previous afternoon that we intended to film proceedings and he had made no objection. When I arrived the crew were using chainsaws cutting up trees that had been previously felled, and others were dragging them across the ground either to the chipper, which was parked on the pathway, or throwing them onto the logpile at the edge of the grass. When they saw me they stopped dragging them and picked them up to be carried.
There was still some snow on the ground, except a pathway which had been made by the workers walking and dragging branches.
While I was filming on video the chainsaw operator felled a tree. This fell directly to the ground, fairly hard, and bounced. Shortly afterwards the crew had a coffee break and I finished photographing the site and left.
Today Thursday 17th I visited the site at approx 2.15pm. A van with chipper and another vehicle with trailer were parked on the grassy area where the highest concentration of reptiles were observed in the summer/autumn. Another logpile had been created, and a further area cleared, including some small saplings.
These I believe to be ongoing and repeat offences that the police and Council should take action to stop as they have been reported now for approaching a week”.
If you have any complaints about the way the works are being carried out or have photos which are relevant please email them to FoRL email@example.com
Over this past weekend Richard, Sean and Derek have been caring for a swan with rheumatism, hand feeding it and protecting it from foxes, cats and dogs. Swan Rescue has been contacted and will be collecting the swan sometime within the next day or so.