Cornwall Birds/CBWPS – News Page

November 2017

WeBS Counters wanted: The BTO in Cornwall are looking to recruit new counters for a number of sites for the Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS), the long-running national waterbird survey, especially around the Helford complex and at a number of other smaller sites around the county. It would be great to get these areas covered for the coming winter months when information from the Helford in particular is of especial importance. Please see WeBS 2017 for more information or to take part.

Access at Davidstow Airfield: Davidstow Airfield is an active airfield and we have been reminded that there is NO right to roam here and that cars must NOT drive onto the airfield at all. We have been advised that we can WALK onto the grassy areas, but not the runways. Cars should be parked alongside the road. Failure to comply, could lead to access being withdrawn altogether.

Help requested: Please look out for this collection box missing from Mousehole Wild Bird Hospital, carved for them in 1958, more important than contents:

Tawny Owl Study:  a BSc Zoology student conducting research into regional dialects in Tawny Owls has requested our help with recordings taken in Cornwall. If you have any, or can help with making recordings please see futher details Here

October 2017

Help requested: Please look out for this collection box missing from Mousehole Wild Bird Hospital, carved for them in 1958, more important than contents:

Tawny Owl Study:  a BSc Zoology student conducting research into regional dialects in Tawny Owls has requested our help with recordings taken in Cornwall. If you have any, or can help with making recordings please see futher details Here

Autumn Palores: The society’s quarterly members magazine is now out – this autumns bumper issue contains reserve reports, news, photos, articles and more.

Website update:  New content on the website includes listings of rarer birds seen in the county in 2015 and 2016 – please read and contact us if you can help with a description or provide further details for publication in BiC and the county record. It would be a great shame to lose these records – some great birds in there. One obvious change to the website is the header change to include ‘Cornwall Birds’ – as a society we’ve decided to simplify and use this as a working title, following on from a similar decision made by the Devon Bird Watching and Preservation Society (Devon Birds), please see the Autumn Palores magazine for more details.

September 2017

Summer seawatching in Cornwall – Where to go, When to go, and an Introduction to the Basics – article Here

Seawatching – Summer 2017 – Dave Flumm looks at the extraordinary Great Shearwater and Wilson’s Petrel influxes this summer. Read the Article Here

Access at Davidstow Airfield: Davidstow Airfield is an active airfield and we have been reminded that there is NO right to roam here and that cars must NOT drive onto the airfield at all. We have been advised that we can WALK onto the grassy areas, but not the runways. Cars should be parked alongside the road. Failure to comply, could lead to access being withdrawn altogether.

Help requested: Please look out for this collection box missing from Mousehole Wild Bird Hospital, carved for them in 1958, more important than contents:

Breeding Swifts – Dr Thais Martins of the Centre for Applied Zoology, Cornwall College Newquay is on a quest to find out where swifts are breeding in the County. She would like to know not just where screaming parties are, but more specifically where nesting sites are. If you can supply any records, they can be sent to recorder@cbwps.org.uk and we can collate and forward them to Dr Martins.

‘Birds of Guyana’ talk – Friday October 27th, 7.30pm. at Chacewater Village Hall. A talk by Ian Gasper about birding in this tropical South American country. Trogans, hummingbirds, cotingas, tanagers and toucans. A birding paradise.
Admission is £3 and refreshments are available. Contact: Roger Hooper 01209 820610

Tawny Owl Study – I am a BSc Applied Zoology student at Moulton College, Northamptonshire. I am conducting my third year research project on Tawny owls and aiming to investigate if they have regional accents.
I was wondering if anyone may have any recordings of Tawny Owls from around your local areas that I could have access to as part of this study? Or if members of your bird group would be interested in going out and collecting some recordings of Tawny owls in the wild.
Along with any recordings, the date, location and if possible the type of device in which the recording was taken would be required if available.
If this is something that you would be able to assist me with, please contact me on my email address – katmounsey@icloud.com to discuss further details. Many thanks, Katherine Mounsey

August 2017

Save Europe’s Vultures from Poisoning with Veterinary Diclofenac

Cait Hutchings

Young Scientist of the Year 2017

Seawatching in Cornwall – Part 1) Late Summer

Bird Dialect Names Survey

July 2017

*Seabirds Count – survey 2017* A census of breeding seabirds has been organised in the UK and Ireland approximately every 15 years since 1969-70. Together with the JNCC and partners we will be surveying the whole of the Cornish coastline over the next few breeding seasons to continue this work. To take part or find out more please see *Seabirds Count*

Guidelines for submissions of bird news: We welcome submission of all bird news from anyone, CBWPS member or not. To make it easier to collate submissions we would ask you to follow the Guidelines for Submissions which can be found HERE

Breeding Season Records: We will not be publishing specific news of Sensitive and Schedule 1 Breeding Birds on the news page during the breeding season. Common sense applies – the welfare of the birds comes first.

We would still very much like all records of these species however, including photographs where appropriate, for the County Record etc even if the news is not specifically published on the day.

Website update: New on the cbwps website – ‘First Spring Arrivals 2017’ detailing first dates of new migrants into the county.

To read all the latest News, views and updates and find out what is happening within the Society and Cornwall’s birdlife please visit the News Page on the website.

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