Our thanks to Pauline for laying on the mulled wine and food following our walk around the bye ways of Great Bowden. Bird-wise, green woodpecker and goldcrest were the pick of the bunch but otherwise not much to get excited about. However, who would have thought we could have been so entertained by a train spotting dog!! Yes, a TRAIN SPOTTING DOG!! When he heard one coming, long before we did, he would make a dash to the footbridge in the Rec over the railway line and, as the train passed underneath, he would whiz round in circles chasing his tail! Great entertainment!! Our January meeting is on the 19th. Bruce White.