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Horrific raptor poisoning case in Wales

'The second worst incident of bird of prey poisoning in the UK in the last 40 years' - Iolo Williams.

Click the link to read a recent WalesOnline article http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/dead-birds-prey-found-estate-11853785 .

 
Colour-ringed Great White Egrets

A Great White Egret ringing programme has been initiated this year in the Somerset Levels and the RSPB would like to hear from anyone seeing a colour-ringed bird, so they can understand more about the birds' post-breeding dispersal and movement around the country.  Birds have a white three-letter code on a red ring on the left leg.  Please report any sightings via the EURING website, www.cr-birding.org or directly to Amy or Alison at Amy.King@rspb.org.uk or ajm@alisonmorgan.co.uk . 

 
Away Weekend at Portland Observatory
         
            ONLY FOUR PLACES LEFT!
 
This year's ever popular trip to Portland takes place over the third weekend of October.  GOS has booked the whole of the Observatory (18 spaces) for the nights of Friday 14th and Saturday 15th.  The cost will be £15pn (£20pn for non-GOS members).  First come, first served.
 
Please email Dave Brassey at outdoor@gwentbirds.org.uk a.s.a.p. if you would like to take up a place as the Observatory can then release any unwanted beds for others.
 
WOS National Conference

Book your place now for what promises to be a thoroughly interesting conference with a wide range of talks.

                                       Saturday 5 November at Myddfai, Carmarthenshire

                     Click here to see the list of speakers and topics, and a printable booking form.

 

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GOS policies

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

 
Gwent Bird Report 2014

Click here to read corrections to the Gadwall and Grey Heron species accounts.

 
Help track waders on the Severn Estuary

BTO and Wildfowl and Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust have recently started a project to understand more about the home ranges of three species of waders (Curlew, Redshank and Dunlin) and a range of duck species on the Severn Estuary between Newport and Cardiff.  As part of this work the Redshank and Curlew have been colour ringed and Dunlin and some ducks marked with yellow dye.  In addition, they have put state-of-the-art GPS tracking devices on some of the Curlew, Redshank and Shelduck - this is giving fascinating information about how birds use the estuary through the winter during both the day and the night.  Work is ongoing, with the aim of marking more birds of these species and additional duck species during January and February.  Click here to read more about the project.

 
Fancy helping to monitor reptiles or amphibians?

The Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust (ARC) needs more people to take part in their monitoring scheme – the National Amphibian and Reptile Recorders Scheme (NARRS) – in the southern half of Wales.  Sites to be monitored could include one known to you (e.g. your garden or local park) or one in a randomly selected area near your postcode, and could be for reptiles or amphibians or both.  It is essential to register before spring.  Training/mentoring is available.  All you need to know is available on http://narrs.org.uk/ .

 
Spam attacks

We have recently started suffering from spam postings on the Sightings page.  These are removed as soon as possible but the Sightings page cannot be monitored continuously.  DO NOT CLICK on any link in a sighting post – it must be assumed there is a virus attached somewhere.  We are trying to find a solution and will keep members posted on progress.

 
WOS Lifetime Achievement Award 2015

Dr Stephanie Tyler

 Until very recently, there were too few women in conservation or the natural sciences. Steph Tyler was one of the few, a pioneer. Today she stands down after eight years as a trustee of WOS and editor of our journal Birds in Wales. But this is just the latest chapter in a lifetime of championing bird science.

Growing up in Lincolnshire, a PhD at Cambridge took her to the New Forest where Steph discovered bird-ringing and fell in love with Grey Wagtails. In the 1970s, with her family, Steph lived in the Middle East then Ethiopia, where they were kidnapped and held hostage by rebels in Tigray for eight months. Since their return, home has been in Monmouthshire, from where Steph has worked hard for bird conservation in Wales, especially of river habitats.

Steph’s professional career took her from Gwent Wildlife Trust to the RSPB as Wales Conservation Officer, but she has been involved with the Gwent birding scene continuously since 1981: on the Committee of Gwent Ornithological Society, as BTO Regional Rep, as co-organiser and author of both Atlases of breeding birds in Gwent, chairing the Monmouthshire Meadows Group and joint plant recorder for Monmouthshire and of course studying the county’s birds, particularly Dippers and Grey Wagtails.

With Professor Steve Ormerod, Steph authored the standard volume on Dippers, and wrote numerous papers that highlighted the impact of acid rain and forestry on water quality, insects and Dippers in the Welsh uplands. That was a huge environmental issue in the 1970s and ‘80s, and Steph was central to gathering the evidence that brought about change for the better.

Steph is such a modest person, but has influenced conservation and many people, in Wales and in Africa, especially Botswana, and today joins the annals of those who richly deserve a WOS Lifetime Achievement Award.

 

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