Here you can read all the news items that have been posted to the website.

The Lundy Company have announced the success of their urgent appeal that was launched in August. The LFS was able to make a donation of £10,000 to support the conservation work on the island in line with our charitable objectives. We recognised the impact the COVID-19 lockdown has had on Landmark's income from visitors to the island that we all care about so dearly and the potential impact on Lundy's long-term conservation work is a huge concern so we have donated to the appeal to support the Conservation Team and help them protect Lundy's unique wildlife. More details about the success of the appeal can be seen here.

The LFS held its first online AGM on Saturday 12th September following the postponement of the meeting in March. A total of 94 members joined us for a business meeting where the Officers gave their reports and the elections of Officers and Committee members took place.

Our Annual Report for 2019 has now been published and is currently being distributed to members, with the generous assistance of the Lundy Shore Office staff.

Our rescheduled AGM will take place online on Saturday 12th September from 1.30pm prompt using Zoom. We look forward to seeing you for a short business meeting followed by the Warden's Report, presented by Dean Jones, and the Lundy General Manager's Report, presented by Derek Green.

We recognise that many Lundy enthusiasts will be missing the opportunity to visit, or stay on, the island at present. To help fill this void we are arranging a series of online talks - hopefully one each week. The topics are being notified to LFS members by email and advertised on our social media channels.

We had hoped to distribute copies of the new volume of the Lundy Field Society Journal at the AGM earlier this month. Due to the restrictions on movements, we have been unable to post these, so we have taken the decision to make the Journal available on the website immediately - see here.

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The planned Marine Festival on Lundy this summer has been postponed, due to travel retrictions and related concerns over introducing COVID-19 infection to the island. It is hoped to utilise much of the planning for a future event.

Rosie Ellis, the new Lundy Education Officer, was due to talk at our AGM about the education programme and the volunteer ambassadors. She currently has 13 ambassadors who help her and Dean, the Warden, to deliver a range of activities. Last year they helped over 700 school children come to the island and guided hundreds of visitors. This year they are anticipating even more events and are keeping the ambassadors very busy, so are looking to recruit some extras!

After careful consideration we have decided to postpone next Saturday's AGM.

It was not a decision taken lightly but given the current situation with the coronavirus we were concerned that there was a significant possibility we would have to cancel at the last minute so are taking a sensible, precautionary step now.

We are already considering when the meeting could be rescheduled and the form it will take and I'll update you when details are firming up.

We are sorry to have to postpone, but feel this is the only practical way to handle this unprecedented situation.

All the very best, Alan Rowland & Michael Williams (LFS Chair & Honorary Secretary)

Peter Davis, Lundy Warden in the early 1950s has passed away at the age of 91. He was the author of the green 'A List of the Birds of Lundy' booklet which the LFS published in 1954. You may be familiar with it as a copy resides on the library shelves in each property on Lundy and in the Tavern. As with many other Lundy wardens, he went on to have a distinguished career in ornithology. A full obituary can be read here.

On a cold and blustery day in November, 14 curious stayers joined our new Assistant Warden Rosie, John Hedger and myself, to learn more about fungi. Starting in the warmth of the tavern, John explained how the wet conditions this year have resulted in huge numbers of fungi of all shapes, sizes, and colours to appear all over the island, making it the best year for records for about 13 years. After an interesting introduction to their life cycle and biology, we headed out to find some examples. Passing through the Camping Field into Lighthouse Field, we were greeted by dots of colour as far as the eye could see – the waxcaps were out in force.

The 2018 Annual Report has now been collected from the printers and volunteers from the committee will be stuffing envelopes over the weekend. Copies should be dropping through letterboxes sometime next week.

Bee Cox is busy with the production of the next Bulletin (Discovering Lundy) which should be ready in the New Year.

Don't forget the AGM is on Saturday 14th March 2020 at the Boniface Centre in Crediton. The list of speakers is already taking shape including Sue Sayer who will talk about Lundy's seals. More details will be circulated in February.

We are sad to report the death, on 2 August, of Peter Rothwell. In addition to being a regular visitor to Lundy for many years, he served on the LFS committee from 1999 to 2005 and had recently retired as the Landmark Trust's librarian, looking after the libraries in each of the Lundy properties.

Peter's funeral will be held at Barnstaple Crematorium at 3.00pm on Friday 23 August followed by refreshments. The Lundy Field Society will be represented. Donations in memory of Peter, to benefit Lundy, will be by retiring collection at the service or by care of funeral directors: A D Williams, 31 Portland Street, Ilfracombe (01271 866332). Family flowers only.

The LFS committee are pleased to be able to share a summary of the results of the recent membership survey. This was discussed at length at our May 2019 committee meeting and has generated some good ideas for how we can better serve our members as well as providing re-assurance that we are doing most things satifactorily. The summary may be downloaded here.

I was on Lundy yesterday 21st May and got chatting to a visiting film crew.

Together with Dean, they were filming for a "good news" story highlighting the growth in numbers of seabirds emphasising the increase in Puffins and Manx Shearwaters.

They thought it would be aired on ITV next Monday 30th May.

I would be cautious with the date knowing how these things slip, so would be grateful if anyone who sees the broadcast let us know through social media.

Alan Rowland

(Chair LFS)

To help attract more members we have produced a small business card, for regular visitors to hand out to potential members.

We are grateful to the photographers for allowing us to use their work:

If you were unable to attend the LFS AGM on 9th March then you missed an excellent series of talks. Before the talks members enjoyed an enjoyable lunch and an uneventful business meeting. All the Officers retained their posts and Tim Jones & Tom Dickins were re-elected to the committee. Alan Rowland gave an update on the endowment fund.

Our Annual Report for 2017 has now been published and is currently being distributed to members.

The long-awaited publication dedicated to the fungi of Lundy is now available to purchase from LFS Sales. Full details can be found on the Books page on this website.

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On 28th August Martin Thorne observed and photographed an ovipositing Emperor Dragonfly at Rocket Pole Pond.

If you enjoyed the article about the Catford photographs in the recent issue of Discovering Lundy you'll be interested to know that, thanks to LFS member Chris Blackmore, all twelve photographs can now be viewed on this website.

We had a very successful AGM last Saturday with the highest ever attendance at a meeting - 95 members and guests! There were a series of fascinating talks including Bob Cowley talking about the population of dung beetles on Lundy and Grant Sherman updating us on his study of the Lundy Guillemots.

If you have been wondering where the 2016 LFS Annual Report has got to, we are delighted to let you know that it is now with Short Run Press of Exeter for printing. Unfortunately, with the Christmas period almost upon us, the printer will not be able to deliver the report until early in the New Year. As soon as it arrives, we will aim to get the report out to you as quickly as possible. Please accept our apologies for the long overdue appearance of the Annual Report.

Lundy will feature in the BBC4 programme 'Invasion' presented by Dr Sam Willis at 9.00pm tonight. It is about the occupation of the island by Barbary pirates in the seventeenth century. The programme can be seen on the BBC iPlayer after broadcast.

You may be interested to know that Lundy featured on the BBC4 programme, "Britain's Outlaws" last Thursday in a segment about Thomas Benson. You can see the programme on the BBC iPlayer and the relevant part starts about 36 minutes in.

We had a busy and productive LFS committee meeting yesterday in Swindon. By now you will have usually received your Annual Report for the preceding year. Unfortunately our editor, Tim Davis, has been very busy with other work commitments but good progress is being made and we hope the 2016 edition will go to the printers within the next month and be posted out in October.

Belinda (Bee) Cox is now starting to pull together the content for the next Discover Lundy bulletin, and would love to receive any stories of interest from members (that's you!) to consider for inclusion. Please send articles about your recent or historical trips, or anything else relating to Lundy that would be of interest to other LFS members, to Belinda by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you live in the BBC Points West region, there will be an item about Lundy with Miranda Krestovnikoff on the evening news programme tonight. The programme starts at 18:30.

A number of members enquired about the availability of the slides from Dr Steve Jones's presentation about the geology of Lundy at the AGM in March.

These slides are now available to download here. Please note there are 60 slides and the file size is 24MB.

If you are in the BBC Spotlight region in the South West, you may be interested to know that the church restoration project should feature in
the programme tonight, 6.30pm, BBC1.

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