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Birdwatch review of the 2013 Gwent Bird Report

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The 'Go Wild' event at Pantside, Newbridge

The GOS stall stood up to the rain and wind and a new audience learned about the Society and what we do.  Click here to read Richard Clarke's account of the event.

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Lee Taswell and Richard Clarke manning the GOS stand

 
Gwent Birders Facebook page
Good news!  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.
 
Wildflower meadows under threat in Torfaen

Gwent Wildlife Trust is looking for support in their attempt to safeguard rare wildflower meadows in Cwmbran.  A proposed housing development would directly impact the site.  For further information and to see how you can help (if you wish to) click here

 
Can you help us find Swift nests?
GOS is organising Swift nest surveys in Monmouth, Abergavenny and Usk during June and July so volunteers are needed
 
The task is very straightforward – you will be asked to watch a particular building or walk a short circuit, noting any nest sites visited by Swifts. The surveys will start at about 8.45pm and finish at around 10pm so only 75 minutes of your time is required!  Dates to be decided nearer the time.
 
The data gathered will be sent to SEWBReC so that it can be used in the planning screening process and thus ensure the long-term conservation of this spectacular but declining species. 
 
If you can help on even one evening please contact one of the following local organisers:
 
Monmouth     Steph Tyler           01600 719890    steph_tyler2001@hotmail.com
Abergavenny Andrew Baker       01873 830539    andrew@bakerglan.fsnet.co.uk
Usk                John Bennett       01291 672054      jrb.usk@virgin.net
 
Birding weekends away

Our new Field Secretary, Dave Brassey, would like to hear any suggestions for out of county weekend trips.  The annual trips to Portland have proved very popular but we'd like to try one or two new locations.  Please send your ideas to Dave at outdoor@gwentbirds.org.uk .

 
GOS transport to the Rutland Bird Fair?
GOS is thinking of organising a mini-bus to the Rutland Bird Fair in August if there is sufficient demand.  It would, of course, involve an early start and late return but just think of all the driving, petrol and hassle you'll be saving yourself!  Costs to be determined when numbers are known.  
 
If interested please contact Dave Brassey at outdoor@gwentbirds.org.uk or by phone on 01633 664212 or 07973 734092, saying which day you'd prefer (Friday 21st, Saturday 22nd or Sunday 23rd).
 
Reporting sightings of rare and Schedule 1 birds on 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 Recorder
 
 
Schedule 1 species which may be found include the following:
 
Garganey
Spoonbill
Red Kite
Marsh Harrier
Osprey
Little Ringed Plover
Merlin
Hobby
Peregrine
Firecrest
Bearded Tit 
Woodlark
Cetti’s Warbler 
Crossbill
 
Llandegfedd Reservoir update

Click here to see the summer opening times and how to obtain a permit and key for the winter months.

 
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.

 

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