Latest Sightings        

Mon, 22 Apr 2019 Goldcliff Lagoons Additional to RNP
Mon, 22 Apr 2019 river Sirhowy cwmfelinfach Dipper
Mon, 22 Apr 2019 goldcliff lagoons Bar Tailed Godwit

Latest News

Curlews possibly breeding? Your records wanted asap

If you see a Curlew - or hear one calling - in potential breeding habitat this spring or summer please email Darryl Spittle at countyrecorder.org.uk immediately, giving the location (with grid reference) and any details.  As you know, Curlews have declined massively and are at risk of becoming extinct as a breeding species in Wales.  Every report will be helpful.

Walk at Garn Lakes 10:00 am Sunday April 28th 2019

Our outdoor programme continues with a walk at Garn Lakes, Blaenavon on Sunday April 28th.

Meet Nicholas Beswick at the main car park (SO234098) at 10:00 am for a 2 - 3 hour easy walk.

CHICK PREDATION at Newport Wetlands Reserve 2019
Last year's study of chick mortality at NWR is to be repeated this year and once again 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 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 or raptors) if you note any mammalian predators the same form can be used. Please make sure you record the start and finish times of your active observations.  Your reports will be helpful in the overall monitoring exercise.
Reporting rare and/or Schedule 1 breeding birds
Gwent has many sites of ornithological interest which hold rare breeding bird species.  The Newport Wetlands Reserve (including Goldcliff lagoons, Uskmouth reedbeds and Saltmarsh grasslands) is a wardened site and relatively secure for breeding birds but many sites elsewhere in the county are unprotected and the species present could be vulnerable to accidental disturbance or worse (e.g. poisoning, egg collecting, etc.)
For this reason, we ask observers to please AVOID PUBLICLY POSTING SIGHTINGS WHICH INCLUDE SPECIFIC LOCATIONS for any rare and/or Schedule 1 species (see list below) that are showing signs of breeding or are resident in suitable habitat during the breeding season. If you discover any of these species, please report your sighting directly to the county recorder at countyrecorder@gwentbirds.org.uk  but please avoid putting the information on the sightings page or on any of the various social media platforms.  Some of these species are present in Gwent as passage migrants in the spring and autumn and can be reported but, if in any doubt as to whether they might be breeding, please contact the county recorder before reporting their whereabouts.  
Rare, locally rare and/or Schedule 1 species that breed, or have bred in South Wales (or may potentially breed in the future).
Please avoid publicising their presence during the breeding season (March-August) 
Avocet (away from NWR) 
Barn Owl 
Bearded Tit (away from NWR) 
Black Redstart
Cattle Egret
Cetti’s Warbler (away from NWR)  
Common Crane
Common Crossbill  
Common Quail 
Dartford Warbler 
Garganey (away from NWR)
Hen Harrier
Honey Buzzard
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
Little Egret
Little Ringed Plover (away from NWR)
Marsh Harrier  
Mediterranean Gull
Red Kite 
Red-backed Shrike 
Ring Ouzel
Savi’s Warbler
Tree Sparrow
Willow Tit
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.

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
The Gwent Birders Facebook page 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.