Regarding the offers of donations, the simplest way (for people in the UK) is to send a cheque, made out to 'Derbyshire Wildlife Trust', to the DWT office at East Mill, Belper, Derbyshire, DE56 1XH with a covering note saying 'For the Peregrine Project'. Please indicate if you would like a thank you letter or not (our default is to send one if an address is provided). Regarding overseas wellwishers who want to donate (such as Jenny) please send an email address to firstname.lastname@example.org saying what you wish to do and we will give you our bank account details etc.
We (the three partners) have covered most of this year's direct costs but still need considerable funds to develop the project further (eg the educational side) and also for new camera's and other IT equipment/leaflets etc for next season. If Nick at the museum needs to spend money on the project over and above that available to him via the council or from Capita UK, he either asks the Trust to buy it or he invoices us for it.
It is also possible to join the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust if you live in or near the county and we would urge you to do so. Please see the Trust website (a link to it is on the blog). If you live further away, why not join your own county wildlife trust? A full list of UK wildlife trusts plus contacts is available via the DWT website.
The Watch Point will continue only as far as this Saturday (30th) so now is an appropriate chance to say a big thanks to everyone who has helped out on Cathedral Green since we started back in mid-May. We have not counted the number of visitors we have had but it must be several 1000s! We would also like to thank everyone who put money in our donation boxes and we will post a final total when the watchpoint is finished.
As to the future of the blog, we were discussing earlier today how we might gently run it down over the next few months as news of the birds gets less frequent and (hopefully) less scary....those first few days in the air are very stressful for sure! More on this soon....