Wind, rain, Bath traffic grid locked it must be nearly Christmas. I really must start thinking about presents etc… otherwise it’ll be audio book CDs, screen wash and charcoal briquettes from the local garage on Christmas Eve. Again!
As is always the case at this time of year for Biocensus a fair chunk of my time has now switched to planning the work schedules for next year and getting in touch with clients to find out what their requirements are likely to be. I often find the best way to achieve this is to go and visit people face to face so I’ve been buzzing around for the last month or so seeing quite a few of you. Hopefully more still in the New Year.
CIEEM Autumn Conference
In November I was at the CIEEM (Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management) autumn conference in Sheffield. As usual it was a great opportunity to meet up with old friends and chew the fat over a few drinks and discuss the pressing issues of the day e.g. the new Bat Conservation Trust guidance, the UK’s possible exit from the EU and the location of the best karaoke bar in town!
By far the most important event however, was our Chairman Stephanie Wray officially taking up the reins as the new President of the CIEEM, a post she will hold for three years. It goes without saying that we’re all incredibly proud of this achievement and count ourselves as incredibly lucky that Stephanie continues to be so closely involved in the growth of Biocensus. In other CIEEM news I was re-elected to the advisory forum for another three year stint. A job I have really enjoyed over the last three years. As a profession we are still fairly young and there remains a fair amount to do to push the institute through its various stages of maturation.
We did it!
The final piece of big news is the announcement that both Rich and I completed our marathon back in October. I can just about walk again now!! In total we raised just over £4000 for Hospiscare (a Devon based charity that cared for my mother). We’d like to say a huge thank you to those of you who donated and if you missed the opportunity you can still do so here 😉
Finally, can I just take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Jolly Happy New Year!