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David has helped me too tracking down a paper on smooth snakes in Devon and also identifying a lizard for me from a photo. I am very grateful for his help and interest.
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Hi,

above comments noted, but, as far as I can recall, I haven't seen David's name (in person) taken in vain on this site?

BHS is not only one man though is it?

I'm sure that some people's experiences of the BHS may not have been so satisfying as those that had the good fortune to contact the right person. From my personal point of view, my beef goes back to 1995/6, and I accept that things change, personnel changes also, and that experience may not have ANY relevance today. So i'm content to let sleeping dogs lie.    

I hope you lot won't mind too much though, if I don't renew my membership!

Cheers

Robert

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Yes Rob I actually contacted David from a link on here so nothing to do with BHS.

RSPB=Birds

?=Herpetofauna

 

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Robert V Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Aug 2006 at 1:06pm

Suz,

How about RAUK = Herptofauna?

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LOL Rob,

RAUK = herpetofauna = herpetofauna.co.uk

I knew it would catch on one day! 

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I think David has raised a very good point here about our UK herp groups/societies and organisations. Many are voluntary and limited by human resources and funding.

The main 'problem', if it is a problem as such, I've come across is that of 'expectation' of members. Often it is different to what the group either strives to provide or is able to, which may lead to disappointment.

Today I saw bulldozers moving across a site I voluntarily surveyed for an ARG, reported to the county wildlife trust as a key reptile site (exceeding their criteria for county wildlife site (SNCI)) and spent a great deal of my personal time and money trying to protect.

Today there was NO reptile mitigation in sight.. what happened to the report and records I wonder? I guess I could feel bitter that nobody ensured that the adder on the site were protected, but really I just feel terribly sad about it all, clearly my expectation of these groups exceeded what they could deliver. No protection and the site not even reconised as a key reptile site.

Still, back to the point of this thread, an important issue has been raised by way of David's defence of the BHS.

What do those who use RAUK expect of it? Does it deliver the expectations and should RAUK strive to meet some of the expectations of the public, as an organisation, rather than just being a web forum, that are currently not covered by the existing UK herp organisations?

Be interested in any views.



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So sorry to hear that Gemma.
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Sorry I'm a bit late catching up with this thread.

As I see it, we have a group of people who all want to help herps. So they join all these different organisations. Now unless you're a Time Lord and can bend space and time, you aren't gonna have enough hours in a day, to make a really good job of it. If you want to make a difference, concerntrate your efforts, don't spread yourselves out over various committees/groups. Commit to one group (preferebly RAUK) and do your damndest to get things done.

I'm already on the LVNP committee, producing the newsletter and this takes up my time 'cause I want to produce the best darn newsletter I can. When I took over the role, the quarterly newsletter was 2 sides of A4 black and white. Now it is 12 pages of colour. It is hard work keeping the standard up and so I can't help out on any more committees. 

But I do think RAUK is a worthy cause. And if any body is going to help Gemma out with this idea, please give it 110%.

Thanks Gemma for all your work. Don't you wish you could just kick some a**e, sometimes?

Maybe you could if everyone pulls together. There are a lot of intelligent people here (and I don't include myself) so one would hope something concrete could be achieved.

Here's hoping.

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