The Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS) is the monitoring scheme for non-breeding water birds in the UK, which aims to provide the principal data for the conservation of their populations and wetland habitats.
The UK is of outstanding international importance for water birds. Lying on some of the major flyways for Arctic-nesting species, large numbers of water birds are attracted, especially during winter, by the relatively mild climate and extensive areas of wetland, notably estuaries. The UK thus has both moral and legal obligations to conserve both these water birds and the wetlands upon which they depend.
Cornwall has a number of locations that require counters and it is hoped that we can recruit willing volunteers to fill some of these important voids. The areas that currently need filling are as follows:
Helford Complex: This area is a particular priority due to its international importance in the winter months when several species winter here in significant numbers. Currently we are in need of counters at Gweek, Helford Passage, Mawgan Creek, Men-aver Beach, Treath and Tremayne Quay.
Par Area: Whilst not as critical as the above locations this is still an important site for wintering species.
There are also a number of smaller locations that would be ideal for anybody local who could give up a small amount of time once a month to go birding! These areas are listed below:
Cargenwen Reservoirs and Clowance Pool
St Erth Pools
For more information on the survey please take a look on the BTO website here: www.bto.org/volunteer-surveys/webs
If you are interested in counting at any of the sites listed please contact me via e-mail at email@example.com or phone me on 07955216836.
Researchers at Oxford and Exeter universities are studying how migration patterns change over time, and Blackcaps have only begun wintering in Britain in recent decades. Please submit any reports of wintering Blackcaps, especially in gardens and at feeders, to Benjamin Van Doren at firstname.lastname@example.org, and indicate if you would be interested in having the bird(s) colour-ringed so as to be individually identifiable.
The British Trust for Ornithology in conjunction with the University of Exeter and Mark Grantham (CBWPS Chairman) invite Cornwall Birding readers to a one-day conference at Falmouth’s Cornwall Campus, Penryn on Saturday 25th February (0900-1630hrs)
Talks include Cornwall’s Wintering Chiffchaffs, Seabirds in the South West, Urban Gulls and three local patch talks by local birders. (Full programme HERE)
Conference price for the full day including buffet lunch and tea/coffee is just £17!
For full details and to book your place see link HERE
Evening All, there have been a number of breaks to vehicles at secluded spots along the north coast recently. Car Parks and remote beauty spots from Gwithian to Newquay and beyond have been targeted by thieves. Please be vigilant, do not leave valuables on view in your car and report any suspicious behaviour to Devon and Cornwall Police on 101. If you see an incident occurring then please phone 999.
Evening everyone. On the 12th November 2016 there was an adult Yellow-legged Gull present on the Hayle estuary wearing a yellow colour ring with alpha-numeric sequence of A1C. After consultation with ringers who run YLG colour ringing schemes in southern Europe, it appears that this is a bird ringed on Gran Canaria as a chick in 2010. Xabier Remirez, who ringed the bird, states that they have never had a record north of Gran Canaria, so this one is an amazing recovery, over 2500km north!! Well done to Liam Langley on reading the ring! Our request therefore is for further sightings and possibly photographs of the bird in question. So keep your eyes peeled on the estuary and other local gull roosts.
Please send your sightings and images to email@example.com
Many thanks Paul and Ash.
Morning all, the 2nd Cornwall Birders meet up will be at The Watermill pub, Lelant tonight from 7.30pm. Join likeminded poeople for an informal chat and a drink. All welcome.