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Muriel Hamar

It was with great sadness that I learned of the death of Muriel Hamar in the Royal Gwent Hospital aged 95 on Thursday 14th December.  Muriel was the younger sister of Bert Hamar the founder of the Society.  When she retired to Llanellen in 1983 after a lifetime of teaching in London and Germany she became a regular attender at the Society’s events and was a member of the Committee for a number of years from 1998.  She was an active traveller going on a number of foreign trips with other Society members.  Although fit and sprightly Muriel suffered with failing eyesight in recent years but this did not prevent her coming to indoor meetings on a regular basis.  She told me that she preferred the talks that told a good story which was reasonable given her poor vision.

When I last visited her in hospital after suffering a devastating stroke she could barely speak and you were unsure if she was able to understand what she was being told.  I said I had seen a merlin at the Newport reserve that morning.  She managed to say ‘small’.  She understood what I had said and showed that she knew a merlin was our smallest falcon.  A birder right to the end.

Alan Williams

 
2016 Annual Report

The 2016 Annual Report is now available for collection.

It was distributed at the indoor meeting on 9th December and will be available again at the AGM on January 20th 2018.

If you are unable to collect it in person is there anyone who can collect it on your behalf at the AGM?  The cost of posting the report exceeds £1 per copy so arrangements will only be made to post the uncollected reports to members after the AGM.

 
Reporting sightings of rare and Schedule 1 birds on the GOS website
In Gwent's wide variety of habitats we have many sites of ornithological interest which hold rare and Schedule 1 breeding bird species.  Newport Wetlands Reserve, which encompasses Goldcliff lagoons, Uskmouth reedbeds and the grasslands, is a well managed site and very secure for breeding birds, but sites elsewhere in the county are unprotected and the many breeding species present there are vulnerable to threats such as disturbance and, potentially, even egg collectors.  
 
For this reason please AVOID POSTING SIGHTINGS WHICH INCLUDE SPECIFIC LOCATIONS (other than at NWR) for any rare, locally rare or Schedule 1 species that you suspect are breeding, showing signs of breeding behaviour or are in suitable habitat, on the Gwent Ornithological Society Sightings page.  
 
If you discover a rare or Schedule 1 species that you suspect is breeding, please report your sighting directly to the county recorder at countyrecorder@gwentbirds.org.uk or on 07982 719881.  
 
Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any queries.           
 
Tom Chinnick
Gwent County Bird Recorder
 
 
Schedule 1 species which may be found include the following:
 
Garganey
Spoonbill
Red Kite
Marsh Harrier
Osprey
Little Ringed Plover
Kinfisher
Merlin
Hobby
Peregrine
Firecrest
Bearded Tit 
Woodlark
Cetti’s Warbler 
Crossbill
 
GOS policies

GOS policies, as required by the Charity Commission, can be read here.

 
Solar energy and wind farm developments
From time to time the committee is asked where the Society stands with regard to solar energy or wind farm developments.  Policy statements detailing our views have been drawn up.
 
Click here to see our policy on solar energy
 
and here to see our policy on wind farm developments.
 
Gwent Birders Facebook page
A Facebook group for anyone with an interest in birds and birding in Gwent is now up and running.  Set up by Marcus John, it is intended to complement the GOS website and other internet resources.  Birding news, photos and comments are welcomed on the Facebook page but sightings should continue to be posted on the GOS Sightings page http://www.gwentbirds.org.uk/sightings .  
 
To find out more about Gwent Birders go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/1402732016717810/ .  If you don't yet have a Facebook account go to https://www.facebook.com/ to open one.
 
Swan Rescue

If you come across an injured swan when out and about in Gwent the number to phone is 01633 895241.

 
Gwent Police Wildlife Crime Officers

Click here to see a list of the Gwent Police Wildlife Crime Officers by area.  This will make it easier to contact the appropriate person straight away.