Tuesday, 25 December 2012

River Nairn Swans and Waterfowl Trust

For some time now I have been thinking of the River Nairn  waterbirds future, and the best way of protecting them for future generations. Their very existence on the river gives so much pleasure to locals and visitors alike. Since the successful creation of the Swans nesting island five and half years ago, they have featured in the life of the community, and enhanced a tourist attraction for many visitors.

After talks with local wildlife watchers, I am pleased to announce The Founding Trustees of the Nairn Swans and Waterfowl Trust : Charles Gardner (Chairman), Joe Telfer (Founder Treasurer), Simone Laraway (Secretary),  Ronnie Main, and Lorraine Byars.
The inaugural first official Trust meeting will take place in January.
In time it is hoped we will become a registered Charity.

The trust will be Non political, and willing to cooperate with other river bodies such as the Nairn Angling Association, Scottish water, the fisheries board and Highland Council. We will also deal with local Vets and the Scottish SPCA as and when required. The aims of the Trust will be the water birds welfare, maintenance and preservation of their environment, nesting sites, and riverside habitat, for the benefit and well-being of the whole community. 

The tidal reaches of the River Nairn are unique, in as much as the environment changes twice a day with the tide, and is subject to occasional extreme conditions. It is also an urban environment which presents different challenges. It cannot be compared with tranquil duck ponds, or meandering weed filled rivers where food is plentiful.
We the Trustees of the River Nairn Swans and Waterfowl Trust, intend to raise sufficient funds through membership fees and donations, to maintain the current family of Swans and waterfowl numbers into the future. The tidal reaches hold around 120 + resident birds throughout the Winter months, as well as migrants that over winter here. The cost of caring for these birds is at least £1500 per year for natural food, such as wheat grain.

In addition to our local trustees we have an honorary Trustee with over 20 years experience on the care of Swans and wildlife, her name is Sue Hulbert who runs a swan sanctuary in Swindon. Sue has kindly agreed to be our voluntary online Avian expert on the health and welfare of our wildlife, her expertise and advice has been, and will continue to be invaluable.

Our Chairman and resident of Fishertown Charlie Gardner, has known the river since a boy and can offer valuable historical perspective to any debate.
Simone and Lorraine both reside overlooking the river, and keep a watchful eye on the wildlife.
We know the people of Nairn value and enjoy the river wildlife, and will be happy to have committed local people speaking out on their behalf and caring for their wildlife's future.
The trust is a non profit organisation, and a bank account will be opened and administered by the unpaid voluntary trustees. The public can donate any amount, or become members of the trust with an annual membership fee of £15. Anyone wishing to contribute to the River Nairn Swans and Waterfowl trust, can contact any of the trustees or send donations to The Nairn Swans and Waterfowl Trust, 10 Douglas Street, Nairn. IV12 4DJ. Donations can also be made online by using the Donate button above.
For £15 you get a years free subscription to my pictorial Blog, and every penny goes to feeding the birds !


Anonymous said...

Good for you guys and the very best of luck.i look forward to making donations.i wonder what the gurn Will have to say about this great idea ? No doubt something negative.

jayteescot1 said...

I hope People will see the Trust in a positive light. It is being done for the welfare and benefit of the river inhabitants, and the community of Nairn as a whole.
The Gurn title speaks for itself.