DDOS to celebrate Diamond Jubilee

DDOS, affectionately know as the “dodos” …. not extinct but still going strong and shortly to celebrate its 60th Anniversary!

I recall first joining back in the 1970s when the meetings were held in the St James Church Hall in Doncaster.  The days of George & Leslie Dye, George and Joan Mitchell, Enid Coleman and Reg Rhodes.  How things have changed over the intervening decades, grapevine to pagers to SMS and Apps.

A question which might now arise is that about the function or purpose of local societies?  Do they act as a data collection servicce to feed into regional and national schemes?  Do they publish their findings as an annual repport or periodic journal, leaving a lasting legacy for future generations?  Do they engage, educate and nurture the next generation of naturalists?  Do they act as eyes and ears in terms of inappropriate developments submitted through the planning system, empowering the community to act as conservation champions?  Are they a social group?

The DDOS was born out of the Doncaster Naturalists’ Society formerly the Doncaster Scientific Society (founded in 1880), both societies were involved with the founding of the Thorne & Hatfield Moors Conservation Forum in 1989.  The DNS celebrates 135 this year, the DDOS its Diamond Jubilee whilst the Forum is a mere youngster at 26.

The current committee are inviting past, present and potential recruits to a celebration on Thursday 24 September, 7.15pm at the Parklands Social Club on Wheatley Hall Road Doncaster.

Invitation to Diamond Jubilee gathering of the DDOS. Click on image to enlarge & read detail.

Invitation to Diamond Jubilee gathering of the DDOS. Click on image to enlarge & read detail.

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