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We have managed to rearrange the Annual Meeting for Saturday March 17th, same venue (Dartmoor National Park HQ, Parke, Bovey Tracey) and same time (10.30).

It was impossible to find a date this month that didn't clash with something that would still work with the venue, and we have ended up with the 17th being the only real option. I realise that some of the 52 people who booked for the 3rd wont be able to make it, but perhaps now some who couldn't come can now make the new date!

Unfortunately our guest speaker isn't able to reschedule, however Fraser Bell, PhD student working in Liberia, will be back from Liberia and can give a talk on this instead.

There is a very short time for me to collate a new delegate list, which I need to do in time to give the caterer accurate numbers. Please could you let me know as soon as possible if you would like to attend the rearranged meeting. I will also make a new event on Eventbrite if you would like to book and pay using this (but please don't if you have already paid for the cancelled meeting).

For those 52 that were booked to come on the 3rd:

If you paid by cheque - please let me know if you are coming on the 17th or not. If you are then I'll cash your cheque, if you are not then I will destroy it.

If you paid by Eventbrite - please let me know if you are coming on the 17th. If you are then I'll keep the money and you don't need to do anything more, if you are not then I will refund you the money as it is now in the network account.

We are very pleased that Malcolm Burgess was awarded a Marsh Award for Local Ornithology at a ceremony at the Mall Galleries in London, for his work founding and running PiedFly.Net.

A network that brought together nestbox schemes monitors and data together was originally conceived at a small gathering of Dartmoor based monitors and quickly expanded to cover schemes right across southwest England. Historic data was computerised, monitoring standardised through training and guidance, and results, news and related woodland science is shared with monitors through annual meetings. The network uses this extensive data, from nest monitoring and the detailed life history data available from near comprehensive ringing and recapture of pied flycatchers, collaboratively with researchers right across Europe. PiedFly.Net also leads on a tracking project using geolocators which is learning about migration ecology and identifying where UK pied flycatchers winter.

At the award ceremony Malcolm said "I am very pleased to accept this award, which in many ways is collected on behalf of nearly 100 monitors who willingly contribute their time each spring and share the data they collect. Many of these monitors have been collecting data for more years than I have been alive, and I'm very fortunate that they trust the network to use and share the citizen science data for science".