New to the job, I must first thank Richard for all the time and effort he has put in over the years as Hon. Secretary, I am beginning to appreciate just how much work that involved and apologise in advance if my efforts fall short of his high standards.

You may have noticed that the last Newsletter acknowledged financial help from CCW for its publication. Initiated by Nigel Stringer and which we hope will continue, it enables us to contribute more realistically to the printing costs, much of which Richard had been absorbing. The Newsletter continues to impress everyone and I challenge any small society to match it for quality of content and production- thanks to Richard, Kath and Ian.

Part of the CCW remit is to reach out to communities, particularly to electoral wards that score highly on the so-called indices of economic and social deprivation of the Llanelli area and elsewhere. Consequently, copies of the newsletter have been made available in local libraries, but if you know of other locations where it might encourage interest in our activities, copies are available. It is always pleasing to see new faces at our meetings, and I think we have done reasonably well on this score recently. However, there is scope for more varied topics and venues so please come forward with ideas, and tell others what we are doing: word of mouth is still the most effective publicity.

The next edition will be the 75th, so I think we should aim to make it special and truly inclusive, therefore I am appealing to everyone to consider contributing reports. observations and photos, relating to the natural history of Carmarthenshire. Writing reports of field meetings is not difficult and is an excellent way of getting to know (and remembering!) names of plants and animals. whether in Welsh. English or Latin. Additionally, it helps spread the workload and offers refreshingly different viewpoints and literary styles.