WEST WALES FIELD SOCIETY NOTES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS The ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING was held at Picton Castle, near Haverfordwest, on 14th April, 1955, by kind invitation of the Hon. Hanning Philipps and Lady Philipps. Some 150 members were present. The Chair was taken at 2.30 p.m., by the Rt. Hon. Lord Merthyr. Mr. R. M. Lockley, the Society's Secretary for the previous year, moved the adoption of the Eighteenth Annual Report, and the Minutes of the 1955, Annual General Meeting, and the Statement of Accounts for the year ending 31.12.55, already circulated to members. He referred to the increase of over two hundred in membership and to the initial success of the Society's journal, Nature in Wales. The cost of producing this quarterly was greater than was at first anticipated but he suggested that members could help very much in reducing this cost by obtaining advertise- ments for inclusion in it. The adoption of the Report was seconded by Mr. D. G. Sansbury, who pointed out that much credit was due to the editors of Nature in Wales. The Report was unanimously adopted. The following officers were unanimously elected Chairman of Council, Mr. R. M. Lockley Vice-chairman, Mr. Thomas Davies Hon. Treasurer, Mr. T. W. Harcourt-Roberts Hon. Secretary, Mr. D. G. Sansbury. Mrs. Barnes and Mrs. M. Richards, retiring under Rule 12, were re-elected to the Council. Mr. Joseph Harcourt-Roberts and Mr. Dillwyn Miles were elected to Council to fill vacant seats. The Council's proposals for Amendments to Rules, of which details had already been circulated to Members, were passed unanimously. Votes of thanks were accorded to the Hon. Hanning and Lady Philipps, for the use of the Castle for the Annual General Meeting and for entertaining Members to tea. Two films were shown Woodpeckers by Heinz Sielmann, and The Life of the Honey Bee Dr. Elfyn Hughes, Conservation Officer for Wales, Nature Conservancy, gave an address on Nature Conservation in Wales." He pointed out that there were two groups of Nature Reserves recognised by Nature Conservancy National and Local. The latter were of limited extent and their establishment depended on Local Authorities and not Whitehall. These Local Nature Re- serves were of great educational and cultural importance. The speaker praised the pioneer work done by the West Wales Field Society. Some very beautiful colour slides were shown of the Cwm Idwal and Cader Idris National Nature Reserves.
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