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Mon, 17 Sep 2018 Goldcliff Cattle Egrets
Sat, 15 Sep 2018 Goldcliff Lagoons Little Stint
Sat, 15 Sep 2018 Goldcliff Lagoons Collins guide

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Due to the recent significant vandalism of the hides at NWR Goldcliff, it may be wise for the time being to be extra vigilant. 
Stay safe and if you see anything suspicious please report it to NWR staff.
at GOYTRE VILLAGE HALL, Penperllenni, NP4 0AW at 7:30 pm
Marcus John will give an illustrated talk 'BIRDING TOURS IN AFRICA' - From South Africa to Ethiopia via The Gambia and Tanzania. Marcus is a tour leader for Naturetrek, one of the leading wildlife tour operators in the UK.
Entry £2 includes tea & biscuits. Come along and enjoy what promises to be a wonderful journey with Africa's wildlife.
PORTLAND OBSERVATORY -- 12-14 October 2018

We have nearly filled our allotted 20 places in the lighthouse for the annual trip to Portland Observatory.

Cost is £15pn for a bed for the two nights of 12th and 13th.

You will need however to supply your own sleeping bag and food (there is a kitchen).

Car sharing may be possible once we know final numbers.

Please contact Dave Brassey on david.brassey@ntlworld.com to book or for further information.

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.
Curlew Sightings and Heards

Your help needed

Have you heard the haunting cour-lii call or bubbling song of a Curlew in Gwent this year?  Or seen one?  There are now thought to be fewer than 400 breeding pairs in the whole of Wales and it is feared that the much-loved Curlew could become extinct as a breeding species here.  We need to know where they are to be found in the breeding season (April – July) in order to put conservation measures in place. 

Please help by telling us where and when you see or hear a Curlew this spring and summer.  Don’t wait till the end of the year – email the GOS County Recorder, Darryl Spittle, on countyrecorder@gwentbirds.org.uk as soon as possible.

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:
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.