News archive

Sat 11th Apr 2020

Nesting birds – a reminder

Please do not post reports of nesting birds or sightings of rare or Schedule 1 breeders. Sightings which might lead to disturbance will be removed.

Reports of breeding, particularly of Schedule 1 species, should be sent direct to the County Recorder.

Due to Covid 19 and the ever changing situation it has been agreed that for the foreseeable future all indoor meetings and outdoor field meetings will be cancelled.

Note also that all hides at Newport Wetland Reserve as well as the RSPB Centre and car park are closed as of 24th March.

We would ask that if you know of members or non-members who usually attend these meetings and may not have access to this website or social media please advise them of the cancellations.

Please take care and stay safe.

Fri 14th Feb 2020

WANTED – 2019 Sightings

It’s that time of year again! Please send your 2019 records to the county recorder as soon as possible. Just download the Excel spreadsheet from the GOS website and enter your sightings – records should be submitted ASAP. Click here to see how to do this.

Although we would prefer to receive records submitted using the spreadsheet, records submitted via Word documents and paper slips will still be accepted. If you use Word, please make sure there is a new line for each record and that data is entered in the following order and separated by a Tab:
Species name, location/site, date of sighting, number of birds, comments (such as age/sex of birds, breeding notes etc), your name and initials.

But please try the spreadsheet method – you’ll find it easy and we’ll find sorting and assessing your records much simpler.

Please email your electronic format (spreadsheet, Word, etc.) records to Darryl Spittle at countyrecorder@gwentbirds.org.uk. Hard copy records can be handed to any committee member at any indoor meeting.

Newport Wetlands are looking for volunteers with experience of counting and identifying wetland birds to help with the co-ordinated WeBS and winter High Tide counts at either Goldcliff Lagoons or Uskmouth Reedbeds.  WeBS surveys involve 3 hours on one Sunday a month while High Tide counts require 3 hours mid-week once a month, November to February.  Click here  for more information.

Curlews were colour-ringed by a BTO/WWT team on the Usk estuary in 2015/16. There haven’t been many re-sightings of these birds although recently there have been a few reports from Goldcliff – one of these birds is aged at least 22 years! WWT has now started a Severn Curlew project, raising chicks in captivity for release into the wild. 50 colour-ringed Curlews have been released at Slimbridge since early July this year and may appear in Gwent. Please report any sightings to curlew@wwt.org.uk

Thu 26th Sep 2019

OTTER SIGHTINGS

The South Wales Otter Trust are monitoring otters across South Wales and collecting data which is then passed on to local wildlife trusts, NRW and to SEWBReC. If you see otters please put your sighting on their facebook page together with a map reference :https://www.facebook.com/groups/SouthWalesOtterTrust/