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Outdoor Programme - Sunday 2nd June - Strawberry Cottage Wood, 9:00 am

The next walk in our 2019 Outdoor Programme will take place on Sunday June 2nd at Strawberry Cottage Wood a GWT reserve. 

Meet Andrew Cormack at the 'Walkers Car Park', Queens Head Pub, neat Cwmyoy at 9:00 am for an approx 3 hour woodland walk. The walk includes some steep parts.

The pub charges £2 for use of the car park. 

Woodland birds have included Redstart, Pied Flycatcher, Green Woodpecker and Spotted Flycatcher on past walks in this location as well as Dipper on the Afon Honddu.

 
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.

 
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) 
Bittern 
Black Redstart
Cattle Egret
Cetti’s Warbler (away from NWR)  
Chough
Common Crane
Common Crossbill  
Common Quail 
Dartford Warbler 
Firecrest  
Garganey (away from NWR)
Goshawk  
Hen Harrier
Hobby  
Honey Buzzard
 
Kingfisher 
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
Little Egret
Little Ringed Plover (away from NWR)
Marsh Harrier  
Mediterranean Gull
Merlin
Osprey
Peregrine 
Red Kite 
Red-backed Shrike 
Ring Ouzel
Savi’s Warbler
Spoonbill 
Tree Sparrow
Willow Tit
Woodlark 
 
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.

 
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.