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Birding News from Cornwall

POLICE WARNING

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.

Yellow-legged Gull – A Request

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 cbbirdreports@btinternet.com

Many thanks Paul and Ash.

Basking Shark Tagging Project

As mentioned on BBC Countryfile last night, a reminder to report your basking shark sightings

“The University of Exeter and the Marine Conservation Society are joining forces in an exciting new satellite tracking project to tag and follow basking sharks in Cornish waters, and are asking sea users, beach goers and coastal walkers to help spot and report these gentle giants when they arrive in our waters this Spring.

If a member of the public spots a basking shark, the team would like them to call the hotline as soon as possible on 07935 098122 and give approximate location, date, time and number of sharks

More information can be found here

Basking Shark Tagging Project

“The University of Exeter and the Marine Conservation Society are joining forces in an exciting new satellite tracking project to tag and follow basking sharks in Cornish waters, and are asking sea users, beach goers and coastal walkers to help spot and report these gentle giants when they arrive in our waters this Spring.

If a member of the public spots a basking shark, the team would like them to call the hotline as soon as possible on 07935 098122 and give approximate location, date, time and number of sharks

More information can be found here

Your Support Needed again please!!

Many of you will remember that Cornwall Birding supported an application for Sainsbury’s to build a new store and Nature Reserve at Marsh Lane, Hayle a few years ago. That application was removed due to the new Sainsbury’s at Penzance. Since then the reed bed area at the back of Macdonald’s has continued to deteriorate and with no management, become worthless Willow scrub. The company have now applied for planning to build a small retail park on the south side of that area which is currently just wasteland made up of excess aggregates left over from when the A30 was built. That planning application also includes the enhancement and regeneration on the reed bed and landscaping of a new Nature Reserve that will include public hides, viewing platforms and three lagoons aimed at attracting water birds. This area, once constructed, will have its own management team, as anyone with any wildlife knowledge will know, reed beds need management. Left to their own devices they generally dry out and become scrub.

We of course, fully support this application and encourage our readers to do the same.  Please have a look at the plan below:

Marsh Lane Nature Reserve

and then go to the link below to leave your comment of SUPPORT.

http://planning.cornwall.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=MZR3JLFG0CB00

Many thanks in advance

Cornwall Birding Team.