Latest Sightings        

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 Forest farm Country Park Little Bunting
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 Newport Red Kite
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 Nedern Gadwall

Latest News

Restricted access to coastal path at Collister Pill

Sea defence improvements are to be undertaken at Portland Grounds during April-September 2015.  As the Wales Coast Path in the region of Collister Pill will be diverted inland during this period, birding along this stretch of coast will be severely curtailed.  The western end of the diversion will be just to the west of Magor Pill and the eastern end close to West Pill. Click here to see a map of the affected area.

Saturday's talk: Saving our Swifts - helping Swifts survive the 21st century

Join us in Goytre Village Hall at 7.30pm on the 28th to learn about the amazing life and remorseless decline of this stunning bird.  The speaker is Edward Mayer.

Saving two Monmouthshire meadows
The Monmouthshire Meadows Group is appealing for funds to buy two beautiful species-rich hay meadows at Kingcoed.  These meadows are great for insects and are bordered by good hedges with trees so they provide habitat for birds too!  If you'd like to help secure their future by donating click here.
The right call

The toss-up: a bacon sarnie in a warm, dry kitchen or a trudge round Newport Wetlands in pouring rain. Click here to read Mat Meehan's account of finding the first Savi's Warbler for Gwent.

Access restrictions at Llandegfedd Reservoir
Welsh Water have restricted access to the Fisherman's car park at the north end of Llandegfedd Reservoir by locking the gates with a second padlock to which GOS members do not have a key.  This action was taken after finding the gates wide open and the car park strewn with litter over recent weekends.  
For those GOS members who have a key please note the new access times:
Until 1 April 2015
WEEKENDS - the gates will be locked with two padlocks throughout the weekends so there will be no weekend access
WEEKDAYS -  the second padlock will be removed between 9.30am and 3.30pm so access will be possible during this period as long as you have your key.
After 1 April 2015
Access will be possible seven days a week between 9am and about 5.30pm (getting later as it gets lighter).  
BTO House Martin Survey

A map of the House Martin squares is now available on the BTO website so potential volunteers can view them and make a request to cover any square that is still available.  This will generate an email to their Regional Organiser, who will be able to allocate the square to them.  Further information about the survey, including the resources for volunteers, is presented on the BTO website House Martin pages.  Click here to view.

BTO training session for volunteer surveyors
          on Saturday 28th March at 10.00hrs in Llangasty Village Hall (LD3 7PJ) - next to Llangors Lake
BTO members, volunteers and potential volunteers are invited to come to a meeting to meet other volunteers, share experiences and learn about existing and future BTO surveys.
The agenda has not been finalised, but we will be covering an introduction to BBS, update on BirdTrack (if you don’t already use this system for your bird recording or would like to know more), learn about the Waterways Breeding Bird Survey, the Wetland Bird Survey (new surveyors are needed so find a site close to you), the Heronries Census or the 2015 House Martin survey, and any other additional items you may want to discuss.
Kelvin Jones, the BTO Cymru Development Officer, will be hosting the meeting. Tea/coffee and afternoon refreshments will be available.
We would love to hear from you about what you would like to get out of this meeting and if you know of anyone who would like to get involved in BTO surveys do bring them along.
In order to cater for refreshments we would appreciate knowing whether you can attend in advance so RSVP by 20th March to kelvin.jones@bto.org .
Llandegfedd Reservoir permits and keys

Click here (or on the Articles tab) to find out where to obtain a permit and a key for the restricted north end of Llandegfedd Reservoir.

Birdwatching Walks in Gwent

Birdwatching Walks in GwentTakes you to places in Gwent you never knew existed

Place your order here

Or pick up a copy (or two) at one of our indoor meetings.

File Description File size
Download this file (Front cover only.pdf)Front cover   3309 Kb
Download this file (King's Wood, Hendre.pdf)King's Wood, Hendre example   1000 Kb
Download this file (Black Rock.pdf)Black Rock example   1437 Kb
Download this file (Back cover only.pdf)Rear cover   470 Kb

Latest Images