Forest of Galtres Society

Admirality IslandsEndemic Bird Areas of the world

General characteristicsThe Admiralty Islands, politically part of Papua New Guinea, are often grouped with the St Matthias Islands (EBA 194) and the larger islands of New Britain and New Ireland (EBA 195) into the Bismarck archipelago, but are here treated as an EBA in their own right. The much smaller islands surrounding the main island of Manus also harbour restricted range species and so are included within the EBA.

The hilly terrain of Manus (reaching 719 m on Mt Dremsel) is covered in rain forest up to its cheap jerseys china maximum altitude, with cheap wholesale jerseys an estimated 80% of vegetation being primary forest in 1987 (Kula et al. undated).

Restricted range speciesAll the restricted range species occur in forest, and a number occur in secondary wholesale nba jerseys growth. There are no reported avifaunal changes with altitude.

Of the six species confined to this EBA, four are endemic to Manus, with wholesale jerseys Monarcha infelix and Rhipidura semirubra occurring on some of the surrounding islands (there are records from Lou, Fedarb, San Miguel, Rambutyo, Pak and Tong). Several of the more widespread restricted range species are small island birds and occur in other Papuan island and Melanesian EBAs, but do not show clear affinities to any single EBA.Articles Connexes:

Winter programme

Altenburg 16/10/21 Extraordinary General Meeting and Lecture- ‘Wine in Ancient Egypt: the drink of gods and pharaohs’ 18/11/21 Lecture; A Neolithic Saltern at Street House

13/01/22 AGM and lecture;  CWGC: who we are (Commonwealth War Graves Commission)

10/02/22 Lecture; Jet Mining

10/03/22 Lecture; Eastfield, Scarborough – Roman Excavations in 2021

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October 24, 2021

It is with great pleasure that I can tell you that we have arranged now five winter Lecture meetings for the Society, to be held in person. The first lecture, a superb way of starting up our meetings once more, for our speaker has been given by our President, Professor Joann Fletcher. 

For lectures, the doors will open at 2pm. We will begin at 2.15pm.

The venue, which we do hope you will enjoy, is the Methodist Chapel, Chapel Street, Easingwold. The postcode, should you need it, is YO61 3AE.

Locals will know where to park but for those coming from beyond Easingwold, there is a small amount of parking in front of the Chapel best kept available for those with mobility needs and our speaker for the day. There is some parking space just prior to reaching the Chapel, on the other side of Chapel Street. There is an HDC carpark off Showfield Drive, and, of course, the market place.

We are very pleased to be able to tell you that currently, worshippers attending the Methodist Chapel do not wear a face covering unless they are actually singing hymns.

This means that we can follow the same practice of not wearing a face covering unless we wish to, in the Methodist Chapel buildings.

We are sure this will be a great relief for you all. If Government Regulations change in the future we shall need to bear them in mind and behave accordingly.

There is also good news of four more lectures with details nearly finalised. They will be held in the Methodist Chapel, on Thursdays, in the evening – always our preference and probably yours too, in November, January, February and March 2022.A programme card will be prepared soon.

Dr Steve Sherlock will be giving us a lecture in November, on 18th. The subject is A Neolithic Saltern at Street House, Loftus, North East Yorkshire. This is his most recent discovery at a site where he has been working for many years.

Andrew Thornton will be telling us about the work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission after the AGM to be held on 13th January 2022. At that meeting there will be two sets of financial accounts to be perused.

Chris Twigg will be talking on 10th February about Jet Mining, a subject he has been researching recently. Chris Twigg is Scientific Officer at Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, and a keen member of North York Moors Caving Club.

Dr Pete Wilson will be lecturing on 10th March on the recent excavations in preparation for a large housing development which have produced amazing Roman archaeological remains and in which he participated as a lead person, at Eastfield, near Scarborough.  Your Chairman and Secretary attended one of the only visits (fewer than a dozen people attended) which were allowed onto the site, in pouring rain, with very slippery mud underfoot, in the early summer 2021. Never has it been more important to have walking poles to keep one upright!

We shall be holding our usual raffles.  We shall welcome you in the entrance vestibule and in the Chapel and offer you a chance to purchase raffle tickets and pay £2 entry. This time it will be £1 a ticket for the raffle, not for a strip of five tickets. This means less paper needs to be handled but the money handed over remains the same. Please bear with us as we may not hand over any wine bottle to the winner within the building.  A committee member will hand it to you at the door as you leave. Other prizes may be handed to the winner.

It is quite a challenge, organising lectures after so long without indoor meetings, and we hope you will bear with us as we get used to a new venue. We can assure you that the equipment at the Chapel is top quality. We have been shown how to operate it!

We look forward to welcoming you to our series of winter lectures.

The recent EGM approved the increase in the subscription rate to £10 per person, and the introduction of a charge of £2 per person to attend each lecture. We shall be happy to receive subscriptions at the meetings, or if you wish, via the Secretary’s home. Receipts will be issued. In the usual course of events subscriptions are due in October.

We will benefit from comfortable seating and superior IT equipment in our new venue. It will not be necessary for us to move chairs.  The Society’s own equipment also need not be hauled to and fro for our lectures. That is a relief, after so many years.

Your Secretary has investigated several other venues but none seemed even slightly suitable, for various significant reasons, so we have made our lecture bookings at the Methodist Chapel.

It is with much pleasure that we invite you all to come to our events. We would very much hope that you can support our events. We look forward to seeing you and sharing once more the interesting winter programme for which we have made preparations.  We already have a date for a summer excursion in late June. Details about that will be available at our next lecture.  

Thank you               Frank Kirk, Chairman

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