PRESENT: Mr B Stewart (incoming Chairman), Mr R D Pryce (Secretary), Mrs D Hopkins (Treasurer), and seven members:  Mrs E Jones, Mrs V Lewis, Mrs K A Cottingham,  Dr P A Jones, Messrs T Lewis and I K Morgan, Miss J. Nightingale.

APOLOGIES were received from Mrs J Crowden (Chairman), Mrs S Stewart and Messrs J Taylor and R N Stringer.

MINUTES of the 2000 Annual General Meeting (reproduced in Newsletter no 65) were adopted and signed without amendment.

There were no MATTERS ARISING.

CHAIRMAN’S STATEMENT: The Vice-chairman conveyed the Chairman’s apologies and continued by thanking the officers and committee members for their continuing service to the society and the membership as a whole for their support.  He then called on the secretary to present his report of the year’s proceedings.

SECRETARY’S REPORT: The Secretary opened by thanking the Vice-chairman for his statement and continued by outlining the society’s activities over the past year which had consisted of six indoor meetings and five field meetings. Attendances at meetings was still a cause of concern and the secretary appealed for future meetings to be well supported. Two editions of the Newsletter (nos. 65 and 66) had appeared which included both field meetings reports as well as notices. A new feature was that the Newsletter now included colour photographs.  The secretary thanked the editor, Ian Morgan, all contributors and the distributors. The Bulletin of the Llanelli Naturalists no 5 would be published shortly. The Carmarthenshire Biodiversity Action Plan had been launched on September 30th at the National Botanic Garden of Wales as reported in Newsletter no 66 but the Plan requires much input in the next year or so by the writing of Habitat and Species Action Plans, subsequently followed by their implementation.  The Llanelli Millennium Coastal Park project is now well advanced and much habitat has been destroyed with few areas of unkempt land remaining – all mown or parkland.  However Great Crested Grebes bred for the first time at Ashpits Pond. Pwll Ash Lagoon was becoming more scrubbed over but a new record of Lesser Centaury (Centaurium pulchellum) (photo page 2) was made. The Secretary expressed great concern that fishing interests seem to be overly well catered for, with fishing platforms constructed around most new and existing ponds.  A comprehensive survey of the Burry Port Harbour area and the route for the proposed relief road had taken place and revealed several new floral and faunal records. The construction of the Machynys Golf Course is the next feature to be developed. The National Eisteddfod proved to be too expensive for the Society to be represented with stands costing £400.  Llanelli Naturalists had been consultees in the Pembrey Peninsula Feasibility Study which was undertaken for Carmarthenshire County Council and the Welsh Development Agency.  The SSSI extension to Ffrwd Fen was confirmed and the Marsh Pea (Lathyrus palustris) appeared to have benefited greatly from the reed management undertaken. Ditch management is scheduled to be carried out soon.  The Secretary concluded by echoing the Vice-chairman in thanking our Patron, Prof. Charles Stirton, all officers, committee members and the supporting membership without whom the Society could not function.

TREASURER'S REPORT: The accounts, which were adopted by those present, are presented below.  Membership now stands at 61 with 9 complimentary.  Three new members had joined in 2001 so far. Although a small profit had been made during the year, the greatest expense continued to be the hire of the room for indoor meetings.  Both the public liability insurance premium and affiliation to the BTCV had remained unaltered.  After discussion it was resolved to retain present subscription levels for 2001 but, as in previous years, the Treasurer was given leave to raise subscriptions from January 2002, if required, which would then be ratified at the 2002 AGM.  The accounts had been audited by Mrs S.Stewart.

RESERVE REPORTS

Lliedi Reservoirs   No report received.

Factory Road, Pembrey (Tony Lewis) The Bloody Cranesbill (Geranium sanguineum) continued to flourish but the reserve continues to receive no formal management.

Ffrwd Fen (I.K.Morgan) The Marsh Pea area had not been adequately grazed in recent years and reed cutting was carried out in spring 2000 which had enabled the Marsh Pea to flourish.

Both the Vice-chairman and Secretary thanked the Hon. Wardens for their attention during the year.

ELECTION OF OFFICERS AND COMMITTEE MEMBERS: Prof. Charles Stirton, Director of the National Botanic Garden of Wales, Middleton Hall, continues as Patron of the Llanelli Naturalists.  As the number of nominations for officers and committee members equalled the number of vacancies, the following were elected unopposed: Mr Barry Stewart (Chairman), Mr Tony Lewis (Vice-chairman), Mr Richard Pryce (Secretary), Mrs Diana Hopkins (Treasurer). Committee members: Mrs Kath Cottingham, Mrs Edith Jones, Mrs Jan Crowden, Mrs Viv Lewis, Dr Philip Jones, Messrs Ian Morgan, John Taylor and Andrew Stevens. Wildlife Trust West Wales’ Observer: Steve Lucas.

OTHER BUSINESS: There was a proposal to assist the Wildlife Trust West Wales with the purchase of the northern part of the Ffrwd Fen Nature Reserve. The purchase price is about £2000 and the Llanelli Naturalists proposed to pledge £250, which was approved by the floor.   

The meeting closed at 8.10pm and was followed by slides shown by Richard Pryce on highlights of recent Llanelli Naturalists’ meetings.