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January 23, 2007 / bfsa

– Spring Term events

Welcome back and hope you all had a good break.We’ve been kept busy over the holiday arranging the diary of events for you all so here it is:

Sunday 28th Jan : Tree Pruning at Henfaes. We’ll be working on the trees in the Agroforestry experiment cutting them back and generally giving them a bit of a tidy-up. This is a great chance to learn all the intricate skills in cutting trees back and it’ll be a good day out for all. [This activity will be weather dependent though – too windy and it may have to be cancelled]. Price : Free for Members, £2.50 for non-members. Please email us now if you want to reserve a place on this event.

Friday 2nd February : Serendipity 2. Come and say hello to us at Serendipity 2. If you want to help out on the stall or have ideas for what to do on the day to demostrate what we, as a society, do, please contact us ( Also, if you’ve got any friends who still haven’t joined BIFSA, make sure you drag them down to visit us so that we can sign them us.

Tuesday 13th February : Guest Lecturer. An Evening with David Wood. David will be talking about Wood Energy and Biofuels. Price : £1 for Members, £3.50 for non-members.

Sunday 18th February : Woodland Walk around Treborth. Nigel Brown, the Curator of the University Botanic Gardens at Treborth, will be taking us on a guided tour of the woodlands around the estate. This includes a SSSI and Semi-Ancient woodlands. Price : Free for Members, £2.50 for non-members. Tuesday 13th March : Guest Lecturer. An Evening with Simon Toomar, Curator of Westonbirt, the National Arboretum. Simon will be talking about the role of the Arboretum in conservation of species. Price : £1 for members, £3.50 for non-members.

Sunday 18th March : Coach trip to Westonbirt. Following on from Simon’s talk on the Tuesday, BIFSA has arranged a coach trip to the park. Westonbirt houses some of the rarest, most beautiful trees in the world including the Japanese Maple Collection. For more details about Westonbirt, check out this website Price : £10 for Members, £15 for non-members. Tickets are limited though so if you want to reserve a space, please contact us immediately.

So, that’s everything that we, as BIFSA, are arranging for you this term.

And don’t forget, every Tuesday you’ll find us in The Waterloo for a social get-together if you want to relax a bit between exams or lectures.

Other events that are happening this year that might be of interest to BIFSA members are:

Saturday 3rd February : Treborth Student Work Day. This is being arranged by STAG – the Student Treborth Action Group. If you want to know more about them or about this day, please contact Rosie Barratt

Sunday 4th March : Treborth Student Work Day. This is being arranged by the Friends of Treborth. More details of this event will be mailed out closer to the date.

Other News:We’re now taking pre-orders for BIFSA branded clothing. We’re arranging BIFSA branded polo shirts and checked shirts. If you want more details drop us an email or come along to one of the Tuesday night socials.Facebook and Flickr members: If you’ve got a Facebook ( or a Flickr ( account, a ‘BIFSA’ group has now been setup on both for people to share photo’s taken at BIFSA events. A search for ‘BIFSA’ should find these groups so join them and start sharing!Dates for your diary in the Summer Term:There’s 2 provisional dates for you to keep clear in the summer term so far :

April 24th : Guest Lecturer. An Evening with Dr Helen J. Read. Helen is the author of ‘Woodland Habitats (Habitat Guides)’ [ISBN: 0415180902] and ‘Animals under Logs and Stones’ [ISBN: 0855463015]. Price : £1 for members, £3.50 for non-members

May 5th : Woodchoppers Ball. BIFSA will be finishing off the year with a bang at the Woodchoppers Ball.

So, we hope that’s plenty to keep you occupied for the rest of the year and hope to see you all at a BIFSA event soon. Tickets for the Guest Lectures will be on sale a week or so before the event and don’t forget if you want to reserve you place on the Westonbirt trip to email us ASAP.

Hope you all have a good 2007!

Barry, Ed, Laura, Andy, Rob and Stephen. The BIFSA Committee

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