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Indoor Meeting Saturday November 17th, Goytre Village Hall, 7:30 pm

Changing Landscapes on the South Wales Coast  - David Broadbent

David will take us to our local coast and show how it is still developing. He was introduced to the Gwent Levels when asked by the RSPB to photograph Cardiff Bay before the barrage. For the last couple of years, he has returned to document this important ecological site in Wales as one joined up ecosystem rather than as a collection of reserves. This ongoing project records the places, the industry, the people and the animals and seeks to challenge the way we manage development in the future. 

7:30 pm Goytre Village Hall, Penperllenni. £2 entry includes tea & biscuits. Members & non-members welcome.

 
Binoculars found

I found a pair of binoculars at Goldcliff yesterday (Friday 5th). I’ve also reported it to Kevin and Newport wetlands. I’ll hand them over to the first person who gives a good description! Please email webmaster@gwentbirds.org.uk and I will pass your details on to Rob.

 
BIRDWATCHING AT LLANDEGFEDD RESERVOIR
Birdwatching permits are required for Llandegfedd Reservoir from October 1st - March 1st. They can be purchased from the Welsh Water visitor centre located at the Dam end of the reservoir at a cost of £8.00.
For entry to the north end of the reservoir you will need a key for the car park gate. The keys cost £6.00 and you can obtain them from the visitor centre at the same time as the permit. If you already hold a key from a previous year you do NOT need a new one.
 
VANDALISM at GOLDCLIFF
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.
 
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 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:
 
Garganey
Spoonbill
Red Kite
Marsh Harrier
Osprey
Little Ringed Plover
Kinfisher
Merlin
Hobby
Peregrine
Firecrest
Bearded Tit 
Woodlark
Cetti’s Warbler 
Crossbill
 
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.