||Noel Allen called a meeting of seven
people at Spinneys, Bossington Lane (home of Mike
Barbee) to discuss advisability and practicability
of forming a Society to study and enjoy the Natural
History of Exmoor.
||These same seven (see
People section) held the first meeting of the
Executive Committee at Stile, Wootton Courtenay
(the home of Miss J.F. Cochrane) (see
||Inaugural Meeting of Exmoor Natural History Society
at Church Hall, Bancks Street, Minehead. 44 members
present and more enrolled (see
||First Day Walk from Robbers Bridge up Weir Water
and down Chalk Water. Leader: Miss Joan Cochrane.
||First Half-day Walk from Chetsford Bridge to Nutscale.
Leader: Mr Frank Frisby.
||First indoor Winter Meeting at Church Hall, Bancks
Street, Minehead. There was a review of the ten
Summer Walks illustrated by colour slides taken
by Noel Allen, plus sound recordings by Bernard
Gillette. An average of 25 members attended each
walk. Tea, coffee and biscuits were served at 5p
||First Annual General Meeting (at Church Hall Bancks
Street, Minehead) A letter from Major Courage on
the National Trust at Holnicote Estate suggested
that we may like to provide bird nest boxes in Horner
||First issue of Exmoor Naturalist Magazine.
||Venue for indoor meetings changed to Further Education
Centre, Middle Street, Minehead as we had outgrown
||Membership had reached 100+
||First ten nest boxes put up in Horner Woods (Cloutsham
||Mr C.E.J. Oxenham headed a group which included
Mr N. V. Allen, The Misses B & K. Staddon, Miss
O Russell, Mr F. Porter, and Mr F. Frisby who walked
the Parks Walk, Minehead every month for a year
to record the wildlife with a view to producing
The Parks Walk Nature Trail booklet (1st
edition) in conjunction with John Grooms Association
for the disabled.
||Special meeting of the Executive Committee at
Oare Village Hall, to discuss offer from Trustees
of Village Hall headed by Dr J. Gardham of Oare.
This was the use of the Hall rent-free provided
certain responsibilities were complied with.
||Special meeting at Spinneys, Bossington Lane,
to agree points and opening date for Oare Village
Hall Project (Malmsmead Centre).
||500 copies of Flowers of Exmoor a provisional
duplicated check-list. Cost £75 to retail 20 p each.
||First annual service for Society at Oare Church
conducted by Rev. Matthews.
||Parks Walk Nature Trail booklet (1st
||2nd Revised edition Flowers of Exmoor
published by Alcombe Books.
||First Autumn Newsletter distributed.
||First annual service at Oare Church.
||Pied Flycatcher design by Alison South selected
as Society's logo and badge.
||Official opening of Treborough Woods Nature Trail
(created by Society) by Rt Rev John Bickersteth,
Bishop of Bath & Wells.
||Tenth Anniversary Dinner at Stenners Restaurant,
||Warren Wild Flower management agreement made with
Minehead Town Council in agreement with Butlins
||Wildlife recording cards introduced.
||Awarded £100 third prize from European Year of
the Environment for entry of The Flora and Fauna
of Exmoor National Park a check-list (1st edition).
||Entered into management agreement for Woodcock
Gardens with landowner Dr D.C. Gibbs.
||20th Anniversary. New edition of The Flora
and Fauna of Exmoor Nationa Park published
by Exmoor Books.
||A number of dormouse nest-boxes erected at Woodcock
||First Sorbus trees planted by Malcolm
Scott at Luckbarrow, West Luccombe.
||Exmoor National Park Conservation Award received
for work at Woodcock Gardens.
||Computerization of our accumulated wildlife records
||Noel Allen received MBE in Queens Birthday Honors
List for services to nature conservation on Exmoor.
||25th Anniversary Dinner at Foxes Hotel, Minehead.
So popular there had to be two sittings of 60 each
||25th Anniversary Walk in Parks Walk, Minehead
to correspond with publication of 2nd edition of
Parks Walk Nature Trail booklet.
||Noel Allen created Life President
||Noel Allen received Samuel Foss Conservation Award
presented at the Exmoor Society A.G.M. in Dulverton.
||Computerisation of backlog of our wildlife records
||Questionnaire sent to all members. Results published
in Exmoor Naturalist No. 30 Spring 2004.
||30th Anniversary Luncheon held at Raleghs Cross
||Photographic competition introduced for Members.
||ENHS received Luckbarrow as bequest from Mr John
||Malmsmead Natural History Centre closes.
||Porlock Weir Natural History Centre opens.