References GFF-0133 (Dungeness), GFF-0237 (Rye Harbour) and GFF-0238 (Romney Marsh) were amongst the original WFF references.
It is unclear as to which areas they refer… this post will attempt to draw some lines on the map!
Continue reading “Romney Marsh and Rye Harbour”
Adrian M0PAI has unfortunately decided not to continue as GxFF Coordinator.
However, his namesake Adrian G1UBL will step up into the role. Thanks both Adrians!
Allocation of references within GxFF is determined by the Reference Allocation Policy.
We have been approached about adding Llanelli Wetland Centre (owned and managed by the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust). At first glance this was declined, as the site is not designated, according to our policy.
However, on further consideration, it was noted that several of the other WWT sites are already listed (eg Arundel, Martin Mere, Slimbridge), and that WWT is a globally renowned group in conservation circles.
Continue reading “Update to the Reference Allocation Policy”
A number of changes to the GxFF Directory have been made:
- GFF-0422: The newly designated Saltwells NNR has been added, in accordance with Natural England’s announcement.
- GFF-0423: Thames Basin Heaths SPA – Whitmoor Common SSSI has been added.
- GFF-0424: Ashtead Heath NNR has been added.
- GFF-0425: Bolton Fell and Walton Mosses NNR – Bolton Fell Moss SAC has been added.
- GFF-0426: River Wensum SAC has been added.
- GFF-0427: Hamford Water SPA/RAMSAR/NNR has been added.
- GFF-0428: Pevensey Levels SPA/RAMSAR/NNR has been added.
- GFF-0429: South Solway Mosses SAC – South Solway Mosses NNR – Glassom Moss SSSI has been added – this is a distinct area near to GFF-0083.
- GFF-0430: Charnwood Lodge NNR has been added.
In addition, Team GxFF are discussing how to proceed with the new Purbeck Heaths NNR and its impact on the existing designated areas, in accordance with Natural England’s announcement.
- GFF-0059: The King’s Wood and Rushmere NNR boundaries have been adjusted, in accordance with Natural England’s announcement.
- GFF-0110: The Lower Derwent Valley NNR boundaries have been adjusted, in accordance with Natural England’s announcement. Note: the reference boundaries are unchanged, as it is all within the SPA/SAC/RAMSAR designated area.
- GFF-0145: The Ribble and Alt Estuaries NNR boundaries have been adjusted, in accordance with Natural England’s announcement. As part of this, the contiguous Hesketh Out Marsh RSPB has been extended and designated as part of the NNR.
- GFF-0150: The Marshside RSPB has become designated as part of the Ribble and Alt Estuaries NNR (see GFF-0145) – it will retain its separate reference.
- GFF-0343: has been renamed as Cassop NNR, in accordance with Natural England’s announcement to rename and reduce it in size.
- GFF-0372: has been renamed as Bolton Fell and Walton Mosses NNR – Walton Moss SAC, in accordance with Natural England’s announcement. The reference covers the whole of Walton Moss SAC, so the extension of the NNR within the SAC have no direct affect. The designation of Bolton Fell Moss SAC as an NNR is reflected in GFF-0425.
Where boundaries have changed, activators must ensure that their activation position is still within the designated areas!
The UK GxFF team would like to announce that Denise 2E0SLO will take on the new role of events organizer. Denise will work with the GxFF team to arrange and encourage more events to take place across the UK going forward.
The UK GxFF team would like to announce that Mike M0MCY will take on the new role of awards manager.
*ANNOUNCEMENT from Team GxFF*
After careful consideration, I (M0YMA) have decided that now, as we restart operations, is the appropriate time for a refresh of Team GxFF.
I am pleased to announce that Adrian M0PAI will take over as GxFF Coordinator, with immediate effect. Carl 2E0HPI will continue as GxFF Log Manager.
I thank them both for their support over the past number of years.
I will be around to support them as required, but Adie should be the first point of contact for all GxFF matters. I remain, of course, the WWFF Logsearch Admin.
The Covid rules across the UK provide a confusing mish-mash of restrictions:
- On Wednesday 2nd December, the current English national-lockdown comes to an end, being replaced by a three-Tier system, which will last until (at least February).
- In Wales, new restrictions (which have not yet been finalised) will come into force from Friday, 4 December.
- Scots now find themselves in Level 4 restrictions, which will remain in place for three weeks.
- Northern Ireland has entered a new circuit breaker, which will cover the two-week period from November 27 until December 11
Team GxFF have considered the available information and have decided that decisions whether to perform an activity should be left to the judgement of the activator, with due consideration to the rules in force at their home and at the target reference, and in particular with regards any travel restrictions in place.
Team GxFF reiterate that this is not an encouragement to undertake any activity, and accept no liability for any consequences of any decision by an activator to perform an activation.
We will, of course, keep monitoring any changes in the Rules…
All GxFF operators, especially those who are operating outside of their “home” nation, are reminded to include the correct callsign data in their logs:
- STATION_CALL = The Callsign Used
- OPERATOR = Their Home Callsign
- M0YMA operates as MW0YMA/P while activating a Welsh (GWFF) reference:
OPERATOR = M0YMA (Homecall with no regional modifier)
- M0YMA operates as MM0YMA/P while activating a Scottish (GMFF) reference:
OPERATOR = M0YMA (Homecall with no regional modifier)
- M0YMA operates the GxFF Club call as GX4FF/P while activating an English (GFF) reference:
OPERATOR = M0YMA (homecall with no regional modifier)
- GI0AZA operates as G0AZA/P while activating an English (GFF) reference:
OPERATOR = GI0AZA (HomeCall with usual GI regional modifier)
A reminder to all GxFF activators
Please submit your logs to logs AT gxff DOT UK