We are a local (within one hour’s drive of Market Harborough) birdwatching group who try to help each other improve our identification skills and which beginners are very welcome to join. Our 2016 annual species list stands at eighty-nine so far. For a variety of reasons and for the third month running there was no group visit last month. Clearly the current arrangement of fixing a date and venue weeks ahead of time isn’t working, so this month I propose that anybody interested in going birdwatching at a local site should telephone me during the weekend of 15/16 October to find out where and when this month’s visit will take place. If I’m not available leave your name and either your landline number or e-mail address and I’ll get back to you with the information. John Cameron.