History and organisation.
The Wexford Naturalists’ Field Club was founded in October 2004 aided by a generous start-up grant from the Heritage Council, Ireland. Copies of the Club’s constitution are available from the Secretary. The Club is supported by a membership subscription. Facilities for meetings are kindly provided at the Wexford Wildfowl Reserve, North Slob, Wexford, by the National Parks and Wildlife Service of the Department of the Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht.
The Wexford Naturalists’ Field Club is supported by The Environment Section of Wexford County Council and the National Parks and Wildlife Service of the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.
Objectives of the Club
To promote the enjoyment of all aspects of the natural history of County Wexford among members.
To increase members’ awareness and knowledge of local natural history and its place in relation to the country as a whole and the wide world.
To collect and record information regarding the natural history of County Wexford
To organise lectures and field trips.
To act on behalf of, and in the interests of, Club members.
Unless otherwise stated, an indoor lecture is held at 8pm on the first Thursday of each month in the Pumphouse at the Wexford Wildfowl Reserve and an outdoor field trip is organised on the second Saturday of each month. Details of these events are set out on the annual printed programme, available from the Secretary of the Club, and are also posted on this website. Non-members of the club are very welcome to attend lectures. Admission for non-members is €5 and that modest sum includes light refreshments afterwards with opportunity to meet and chat with like-minded people. Since events may change due to unforeseen circumstances please check for last minute updates on the club website. Suitable clothing and footwear are recommended for outdoor events.
As mentioned above, one of the objectives of the Club is “to collect and record information regarding the natural history of County Wexford”. All these records are collected and collated by the club’s Records Officer. There are two ways to submit records. Firstly one should write the record down, the day, date, time and place of the sighting, the number of the individuals seen and the species. Then send the record, together with your name, address and contact details to “The Records Officer, c/o Wexford Wildfowl Reserve, North Slob, Wexford”. Alternatively one can go onto the Club’s web site and submit the record ‘on line’.
Membership is open to anyone over the age of 10 with an interest in the natural history of Co. Wexford. Application forms are available from The Secretary, Wexford Naturalists’ Field Club, c/o Wexford Wildfowl Reserve, North Slob, Wexford, Co.
Wexford, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. An annual fee is required.
Chairman: Gene Draper (Archive)
Vice-Chairman: Bruce Walker
Secretary: Mary Foley (Newsletter, Records)
Treasurer: Nicholas Egan (Newsletter, Facebook & members’ email updates)
Jenna Byrne (Meet and Greet)
Liz Mooney (Library)
Mick O’Connor (Events & PRO)
Marion Brady (Membership Secretary & Website)