Friday, 9 December 2022


Here's a suggestion put forward by Mal McGar at the last AGM

what3words – A better way to help all if there is an emergency

For those of you who do not know about this geocoding system app, I will briefly explain how it can help you all. 

Go the website ( and you will find a more detailed explanation of all that this FREE app has to offer. As long as you have a smartphone or other device able to log into the web, you can download this app and use it anywhere.

Basically the world has been divided into areas that need just THREE WORDS to denote a precise location. All the emergency services now use this system.

So how can it help you? For instance, you are at Linford Lakes Nature Reserve and you need medical help but you cannot move! Call the ambulance service and give them the ‘what3words’ location. Without it, it will be almost impossible for you to tell them exactly where you are. Saying you are between any two of the hides will mean nothing to them!

Also imagine you come upon an accident on a road you are not familiar with. By using the ‘what3words’ app you can give the emergency services the exact location. Also it can be used to arrange a meeting point if you do not know the area where you are. What if your car breaks down in a strange area? Both the AA and RAC use the app.

Please take the time to look at the website so you can fully understand the benefits of having the app on your phone. Let others know, family and friends, and help them to feel more safe out and about.

Recently I have found people give their news of an interesting bird’s location that seems a bit vague to me. Think how much more helpful if you post your exact position with ‘what3words’ and also give a location as to where you last observed the bird if it flew off.

A final point for thought. Do any of you carry a whistle and torch with you at all times when out birding? Think how that can help you in an emergency!

Mal McGar

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