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Walk at Rhymney River, 24th March, 9:00 am

An easy walk along the River Rhymney. Sightings should include Dipper, Grey wagtail, Goosander and potentially Kingfisher.

Meet Lee Taswell at Bargoed Woodland Car Park, ST153976. (Fee payable) at 9:00 am Sunday March 24th 2019 for a 2 - 3 hour leisurely walk.

Colour-ringed Curlew sightings needed
The critical decline of Curlew is well documented and your help is required in reporting all sightings of recently colour-ringed birds.
Some Curlew wintering on the Rivers Usk and Severn have been ringed, using six rings on the legs.  Information on their whereabouts will help conservation efforts.
The key colour rings to identify individuals are the single ring on the left tibia (upper leg), and the two rings on the right tibia (blue and lime green).  There is a metal ring on the right tarsus, and two colours on the left tarsus to denote the project (yellow and white).
Andrew Strong is collating information on re-sightings of any of these birds on behalf of the BTO.  Please email Andrew details of any colour-ringed Curlew that you see, to aj.strong@icloud.com, and he’ll get back in touch with you to let you know the bird's history.
Usk-marked wintering birds have been reported on their breeding grounds in both Poland and Finland.  Any further sightings of your birds will be published in The Dipper (the Gwent Ornithological Society newsletter), or see http://www.curlewcall.org .
GDPR: How we use your personal data (May 2018)

Gwent Ornithological Society uses personal data of members and contributors to Society publications and website. This is detailed in the article 'How we use your personal data (May 2018)' which you can find here in Articles.

CHICK MORTALITY / PREDATION at Newport Wetlands Reserve
A study is being made of chick mortality at NWR and your help is requested. If you see any type of chick predation / mortality whilst bird watching at the reserve would you please use the form at the link NRW Chick Predation and send your reports to Thomas.Dalrymple@cyfoethnaturiolcymru.gov.uk Whilst it is expected that most predation is by avian predators (Gulls, Herons, Corvids, Raptors ) if you note any mammalian predators the same form can be used. Your observations will be helpful in the overall monitoring exercise.
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, Darryl Spittle at countyrecorder@gwentbirds.org.uk.  

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any queries.           

Tom Chinnick



Schedule 1 species which may be found include the following:



Red Kite

Marsh Harrier


Little Ringed Plover






Bearded Tit 


Cetti’s Warbler 


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.