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Sun, 10 Dec 2017 Llandegfedd Reservoir Ducks
Sat, 09 Dec 2017 Peterstone Gout Pintail
Fri, 08 Dec 2017 Blorenge Peregrine

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Outdoor Programme: Walk at Llandegfedd Reservoir, Saturday 16th December.

Meet Keith Roylance at Fisherman's Car Park (SO333008) at 9:00 am for a 2.1/2 - 3 hr easy walk around the north end of the reservoir.

There is no requirement for participants to have a permit for this walk, however the car park gates will be locked whilst the walk takes place and re-opened at the end.

Wellington boots or waterproof walking boots recommended as parts of the route are very muddy.

2016 Annual Report

The 2016 Annual Report is now available for collection.

It was distributed at the indoor meeting on 9th December and will be available again at the AGM on January 20th 2018.

If you are unable to collect it in person is there anyone who can collect it on your behalf at the AGM?  The cost of posting the report exceeds £1 per copy so arrangements will only be made to post the uncollected reports to members after the AGM.

WOS Lifetime Achievement Award 2017: Jerry Lewis

At the recent Welsh Ornithological Society Annual Conference a lifetime achievement award was given to Jerry Lewis. We congratulate Jerry on this well deserved recognition of all his work both locally and nationally. The citation reads:

Jerry has played an important birding role within Gwent and the wider area of South Wales over many years. His quiet & modest manner belies his dedication to the ornithological fields in which he works.

He has been a stalwart of Gwent Ornithological Society from its early days and has served in a number of capacities over the years. He was a co-author of the first Gwent Atlas of Breeding Birds published in 1987 and the more recent Birds of Gwent published in 2008.

Jerry provides contributions annually to the Gwent Bird Report on ringing studies as well as regular articles on the bird species he has studied. In this latter area he has expanded our knowledge on Goshawk, Wood Warbler and Hawfinch. He is author or co-author of many reports and articles on a wide variety of species.

His Hawfinch study in particular has expanded the knowledge of this ‘difficult’ species enormously.

Jerry and his ringing group at Llangorse in Powys contribute to the national breeding bird monitoring programme through one of the UK’s longest running CES and RAS for Reed Warbler. Also featured are public demonstrations and explanation of the benefits of bird ringing.

Jerry’s enthusiasm for bird ringing has led him to encourage and inspire many people. He has given unmeasurable time to training and supporting people who are involved in the BTO scheme. The number of people he has trained now forms the backbone of ringing in South East Wales and beyond.

He has acted as the BTO representative for the vice county of Gwent for over 21 years. He has liaised and co-ordinated the regular BTO surveys as well as the specific species surveys that occur (in excess of 17 & counting), recruited volunteers and has thus ensured that Gwent has played its part. 

Reporting sightings of rare and Schedule 1 birds on the GOS website
In Gwent's wide variety of habitats we have many sites of ornithological interest which hold rare and Schedule 1 breeding bird species.  Newport Wetlands Reserve, which encompasses Goldcliff lagoons, Uskmouth reedbeds and the grasslands, is a well managed site and very secure for breeding birds, but sites elsewhere in the county are unprotected and the many breeding species present there are vulnerable to threats such as disturbance and, potentially, even egg collectors.  
For this reason please AVOID POSTING SIGHTINGS WHICH INCLUDE SPECIFIC LOCATIONS (other than at NWR) for any rare, locally rare or Schedule 1 species that you suspect are breeding, showing signs of breeding behaviour or are in suitable habitat, on the Gwent Ornithological Society Sightings page.  
If you discover a rare or Schedule 1 species that you suspect is breeding, please report your sighting directly to the county recorder at countyrecorder@gwentbirds.org.uk or on 07982 719881.  
Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any queries.           
Tom Chinnick
Gwent County Bird Recorder
Schedule 1 species which may be found include the following:
Red Kite
Marsh Harrier
Little Ringed Plover
Bearded Tit 
Cetti’s Warbler 
GOS policies

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

Solar energy and wind farm developments
From time to time the committee is asked where the Society stands with regard to solar energy or wind farm developments.  Policy statements detailing our views have been drawn up.
Click here to see our policy on solar energy
and here to see our policy on wind farm developments.
Gwent Birders Facebook page
A Facebook group for anyone with an interest in birds and birding in Gwent is now up and running.  Set up by Marcus John, it is intended to complement the GOS website and other internet resources.  Birding news, photos and comments are welcomed on the Facebook page but sightings should continue to be posted on the GOS Sightings page http://www.gwentbirds.org.uk/sightings .  
To find out more about Gwent Birders go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/1402732016717810/ .  If you don't yet have a Facebook account go to https://www.facebook.com/ to open one.
Swan Rescue

If you come across an injured swan when out and about in Gwent the number to phone is 01633 895241.

Gwent Police Wildlife Crime Officers

Click here to see a list of the Gwent Police Wildlife Crime Officers by area.  This will make it easier to contact the appropriate person straight away.