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Sat, 23 May 2015 Peterstone Gout Brent Goose
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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:
Red Kite
Marsh Harrier
Little Ringed Plover
Bearded Tit 
Cetti’s Warbler 
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.

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.

Birdwatching Walks in Gwent

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

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