Company as part of its remit holds a selection of Field Trips during the year,
to various locations, with different conditions in order to learn more about a
large selection of birds, their behaviour and environment, for the general
enjoyment of all concerned.
However, to minimise the likelihood of incidents and/or adverse events, it is essential that all concerned are aware that certain guidelines need to be taken in account for the benefit of all concerned.
1. The Company holds Public Liability Insurance which covers all individuals who decide to join Field Trips.
2. In the absence of an Excursion Secretary, the Field Trips are being organised by members of the Development & Publicity Sub-Committee, who are acting as organisers only. A Leader will be nominated for each trip.
If you decide to join a field trip, please telephone the organiser/leader during
the week prior to the trip. This is to give an indication of the numbers coming
on any trip, and in order to pass on any relevant information such as change in
meeting times and/or places, and possible cancellations due to weather
conditions. Please note that any young people under 17 should be accompanied by
a responsible adult.
4. If you decide that once you have indicated an interest, you cannot attend, please inform the Organiser/Leader, so that the group as a whole are not kept waiting.
5. Could any members coming on a trip please give a contact phone number, preferably a mobile, in case contact is required.
6. As part of ensuring the health & safety of all concerned, at the beginning of a trip the organiser/leader will give out information about any site hazards, assembly times/places and communication information.
7. If at any time during a trip, you decide to leave the group, please inform the organiser/leader.
8. All field trips can include an element of going over fairly rough terrain. As such it is essential that all members joining field trips come with suitable clothing and footwear which is appropriate for the terrain and weather conditions concerned. An adequate supply of food & drink should be taken. Members must be aware of the hazards that could be encountered on country walks, such as insect bites/stings, terrain hazards. It should be remembered that toilet & refreshments may not be available in the immediate vicinity of the walk.
9. It should be noted that any members joining field trips are to comply with these guidelines, at their own risk. If you feel uncomfortable about the conditions under which the trip is being made, or doubtful of your own ability to take part, this should be discussed with the organiser/leader, whose decision to exclude members for whatever reason is final.
10. It should be understood that all Organisers/Leaders are doing so in a purely voluntary capacity on behalf of the Company. They cannot be held responsible for any unforeseen event and/or incident.
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