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Birding News from Cornwall

Have you seen Blackcaps between December and February?

Blackcap on the pearsResearchers 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, and indicate if you would be interested in having the bird(s) colour-ringed so as to be individually identifiable.

Above and Beyond the Cornish Coast: Bird Conference

bto-headerThe 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.

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

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