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Sun, 23 Oct 2016 Hafod Farm, Brynmawr Brambling
Sat, 22 Oct 2016 Uskmouth YBW
Sat, 22 Oct 2016 Caldicot to Collister Pill Brent Goose

Latest News

Telescope stolen

A member's house was recently burgled and a fairly new telescope stolen.  If any birder is approached with the offer of a second-hand Opticron scope with angled eyepiece could you please phone Chris Hodgson on 02920 564741.

Common Crane breeding success in Gwent!
During 2015 two Common Cranes from the Great Crane reintroduction project (GCP), affectionately known as Lofty and Gibble, were seen regularly in Gwent, often frequenting the Goldcliff Lagoons area.  The birds returned in 2016, settling down to breed at an undisclosed and private site on the Gwent Levels; the birds were monitored regularly. Despite the adults being relatively young and thus inexperienced birds they successfully raised a single chick and once the youngster had become airborne the family party were sighted around the Wetlands Reserve.  The youngster has been named Garan by the Crane Project team, the Welsh word for Crane.
This historic news was reported this week by the BBC as 'First Welsh-born Crane to take to the skies in 400 years'. The Gwent birds represent one of only three pairs from the reintroduction scheme birds to successfully rear young this year.  
Horrific raptor poisoning case in Wales

'The second worst incident of bird of prey poisoning in the UK in the last 40 years' - Iolo Williams.

Click the link to read a recent WalesOnline article http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/dead-birds-prey-found-estate-11853785 .

Colour-ringed Great White Egrets

A Great White Egret ringing programme has been initiated this year in the Somerset Levels and the RSPB would like to hear from anyone seeing a colour-ringed bird, so they can understand more about the birds' post-breeding dispersal and movement around the country.  Birds have a white three-letter code on a red ring on the left leg.  Please report any sightings via the EURING website, www.cr-birding.org or directly to Amy or Alison at Amy.King@rspb.org.uk or ajm@alisonmorgan.co.uk . 

WOS National Conference

Book your place now for what promises to be a thoroughly interesting conference with a wide range of talks.

                                       Saturday 5 November at Myddfai, Carmarthenshire

                     Click here to see the list of speakers and topics, and a printable booking form.





GOS policies

GOS policies, as required by the Charity Commission, can be read here.

Gwent Bird Report 2014

Click here to read corrections to the Gadwall and Grey Heron species accounts.

Help track waders on the Severn Estuary

BTO and Wildfowl and Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust have recently started a project to understand more about the home ranges of three species of waders (Curlew, Redshank and Dunlin) and a range of duck species on the Severn Estuary between Newport and Cardiff.  As part of this work the Redshank and Curlew have been colour ringed and Dunlin and some ducks marked with yellow dye.  In addition, they have put state-of-the-art GPS tracking devices on some of the Curlew, Redshank and Shelduck - this is giving fascinating information about how birds use the estuary through the winter during both the day and the night.  Work is ongoing, with the aim of marking more birds of these species and additional duck species during January and February.  Click here to read more about the project.

Fancy helping to monitor reptiles or amphibians?

The Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust (ARC) needs more people to take part in their monitoring scheme – the National Amphibian and Reptile Recorders Scheme (NARRS) – in the southern half of Wales.  Sites to be monitored could include one known to you (e.g. your garden or local park) or one in a randomly selected area near your postcode, and could be for reptiles or amphibians or both.  It is essential to register before spring.  Training/mentoring is available.  All you need to know is available on http://narrs.org.uk/ .

Spam attacks

We have recently started suffering from spam postings on the Sightings page.  These are removed as soon as possible but the Sightings page cannot be monitored continuously.  DO NOT CLICK on any link in a sighting post – it must be assumed there is a virus attached somewhere.  We are trying to find a solution and will keep members posted on progress.


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