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3rd December 2011 - Gwent Bird Report 2010 PDF Print E-mail

Among the many benefits of joining Gwent Ornithological Society is that you get a copy of the annual 'Gwent Bird Report'. Mine arrived the other day and, as usual, it was a cracking read - 132 pages of essential information about birdwatching in Gwent.....Fantastic!

The report details each individual bird species seen during the year along with migrant arrival/departure dates, a gazetteer, a bird ringing report and review of the year. Plus, there are a  number of very informative articles, this year's focusses on two fascinating birds; hawfinch and goosander.

Did you know that 199 species of bird were seen in Gwent last year? Or that during the winter, goosander can be seen on 25 local lakes and ponds? Were you aware that there are thought to be at least 550 elusive hawfinsh living in the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean?.... Me neither until I read the report.  

 This little gem retails at £10, but is included in the cost of GOS membership (£15 adult, £18 family, £12 junior/senior citizen) – If that's not an incentive to join GOS I don't know what is!

For details on GOS membership visit www.gwentbirds.org.uk or call me on the number below.

Goosander Hawfinch

Keep Feeding

You might have noticed a distinct lack of activity on your garden bird feeders over the past few months. Don't worry, the birds haven't taken a dislike to you, they have been busy feeding their feathery faces with the abunbance of natural food available in fields and hedges. However, they will probably return now the weather is getting colder. Gardens are an important source of food during the winter so check you feeders are clean and keep food available - I've already heard of bullfinch and goldcrest making a welcome return appearance.

Birdwatching Events

Local bird expert Chris Hatch will be at Goytre Village Hall (just off the A4042 by the Goytre Arms) next Saturday, 10th December to present his illustrated talk entitled 'Northern Wildlife'. Chris is a widely travelled and very knowledgeable birdwatcher, as well as being a very personable bloke, and his talk will focus on the real specialists of harsh winter conditions – If you have been enjoying 'Frozen Planet' on TV this talk will appeal to you!

The talk starts at 7.30pm and entry is £1.50 - including tea and biscuits.

There is no need to book places - just turn up. New faces (especially Argus readers) are always very welcome.

For more information visit www.gwentbirds.org.uk or give me a call on the number below. Likewise, if you want me to send you a copy of GOS's programme of walks and talks, just let me know.

Keep in Touch

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