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Sun, 16 Dec 2018 River Usk opp Graig Olway Farm Female Smew
Sun, 16 Dec 2018 Goldcliff Lagoons Marsh Harrier
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 Peterstone Gout Pintail

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Birdwatching permits are required for Llandegfedd Reservoir from October 1st - March 1st. They can be purchased from the Welsh Water visitor centre located at the Dam end of the reservoir at a cost of £8.00.
For entry to the north end of the reservoir you will need a key for the car park gate. The keys cost £6.00 and you can obtain them from the visitor centre at the same time as the permit. If you already hold a key from a previous year you do NOT need a new one.
Due to the recent significant vandalism of the hides at NWR Goldcliff, it may be wise for the time being to be extra vigilant. 
Stay safe and if you see anything suspicious please report it to NWR staff.
GDPR: How we use your personal data (May 2018)

Gwent Ornithological Society uses personal data of members and contributors to Society publications and website. This is detailed in the article 'How we use your personal data (May 2018)' which you can find here in Articles.

CHICK MORTALITY / PREDATION at Newport Wetlands Reserve
A study is being made of chick mortality at NWR and your help is requested. If you see any type of chick predation / mortality whilst bird watching at the reserve would you please use the form at the link NRW Chick Predation and send your reports to Thomas.Dalrymple@cyfoethnaturiolcymru.gov.uk Whilst it is expected that most predation is by avian predators (Gulls, Herons, Corvids, Raptors ) if you note any mammalian predators the same form can be used. Your observations will be helpful in the overall monitoring exercise.
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. � � � � ��
Gwent�County Bird Recorder
Schedule 1 species which may be found include the following:
Red Kite
Marsh Harrier
Little Ringed Plover
Bearded Tit�
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.