Cornwall Birds/CBWPS – News Page

 

October 2018

2017 records requiring further information. There are many records of birds requiring a description either for BBRC or at county level where more information is needed, ideally from the finder. Many are unattributed sightings (sometimes of well-watched birds) where a named observer for the dates given below would be very helpful.

Now that Birds in Cornwall has been brought up to date with the publication of the 2015-16 report, timely submission of records is essential if it is to remain so. For this reason, future editions of Birds in Cornwall will no longer feature incomplete records. Instead, these records will be put up on the CBWPS website on a regular basis in the hope that this will encourage observers to send in descriptions and ensure that good or important birds are not missing from the county record. The records for 2017 where more information is required can be found HERE.

Please send any supporting details for the sightings on the dates specified to the Recorder as soon as possible. Accepted records will then appear in the Systematic List of Birds in Cornwall 2017.

The Birdwatchers Code  The Nature Photographers Code  Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981  Schedule 1 Birds

September 2018

Two free films about birds by artist Andy Holden will be screened at CAST, 3 Penrose Road, Helston TR13 8TP from Sunday 2nd until Sunday 23rd September.

Andy Holden is the son of RSPB ornithologist Peter Holden, whose knowledge and expertise informs both films. In ‘A Natural History of Nest Building’ (2017) Andy collaborates with his father to describe the mechanics and idiosyncrasies of bird behaviour. The film ‘The Opposite of Time’ (2017) is narrated by an animated crow, voiced by Holden, who guides us through the social history of egg collecting, illegal in Great Britain since 1954.
The films will be shown on a loop continuously, Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm. The combined running time of the two films is approximately one hour. Admission is free.Further information: https://groundwork.art/programme/andyholden/

Enquiries: info@c-a-s-t.org.uk or telephone 01326 565632

Woodpeckers: For anyone interested in our Lesser Spotted and Great Spotted Woodpeckers please listen to this BBC 4 Nature program, very interesting updates on their behavior and breeding rates.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/play/b01f5lcn

Dartford Warblers: It would appear that Dartford Warblers were hit very hard by the “Beast from the East” earlier this year and seem to be missing from many traditional sites. It would be very much appreciated if everyone could submit any records for this species, so we can better understand the true situation. Many thanks.

August 2018

**Trindade Petrel** – New species for Cornwall, UK and Europe. First hand observer accounts of the 29th July Porthgwarra bird by Reuben Veal and Martin Elliot, along with sketches by John Gale. Tempered by the sad news received from on-site the previous day, this was the outstanding record of the year so far. More – HERE 

As we are now moving into the main seawatching season, a reminder of two other articles on the website – Great Shearwaters and Wilson’s Petrels in 2017 by Dave Flumm and a Guide to Late Summer Seawatching in Cornwall.  If anyone is able to write or assist with a more detailed article on the seawatching sites in the county and/or a guide to autumn seawatching in Cornwall please do get in touch!

CBWPS / Cornwall Birds AGM and “Hungary for Birds” – this years AGM will be held at Lanhydrock Memorial Hall (5 minutes from the A30 between Bodmin and St Austell) on Wednesday 15th August, starting at 7pm.

The official CBWPS business will be followed by “Hungary for Birds” – a presentation by renowned local photographers David Chapman and Walmsley warden Adrian Langdon. Both Dave and Adrian are well known for their superb photos of birds and other wildlife and this talk will showcase their recent trip to Hungary with its wealth of birdlife. All members and guests are welcome, and this is a rare opportunity to get a free showing of the work of two of our best photographers, with a fair bit of humour thrown in. Further details can be found in the Members’ Area, or in the forthcoming Palores magazine.

July 2018

“Hungary for Birds” at this year’s AGM?

Don’t miss this year’s Cornwall Birds Annual General Meeting, which will be held at Lanhydrock Memorial Hall on Wednesday 15th August.

The official CBWPS business will be followed by “Hungary for Birds” – a presentation by renowned local photographers David Chapman and Adrian Langdon. Both Dave and Adrian are well known for their superb photos of birds and other wildlife and this talk will showcase their recent trip to Hungary with its wealth of birdlife. All members and guests are welcome, and this is a rare opportunity to get a free showing of the work of two of our best photographers, with a fair bit of humour thrown in.

The AGM starts at 7.00pm (full details on the back page of this Palores) and Lanhydrock Memorial Hall is easily accessible as it is five minutes from the A30 and between Bodmin and St Austell. No excuse not to be there!

The full AGM Notice can be found in the Members’ Area.

Sensitive Data: Now that the breeding season is with us again, we are resuming our policy of witholding reports of sensitive breeding (and potential breeding) birds. Where appropriate, we will endeveavour to release news of “interesting” birds, but our first duty is to protect the birds themselves. Please keep sending in your reports, even though they will not appear on the website, as they will still go into the county database and thus be available for the annual report, research and conservation. Thanks for your understanding.
As way of a reminder, here are a few key links to bear in mind:

The Birdwatchers Code  The Nature Photographers Code  Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981  Schedule 1 Birds

Please also think very carefully about what you publicise on your own personal social media sites.

Personal Privacy Data Regulations – The personal data of Society members is held on the CBWPS Database for Society purposes only so that we can provide services in accordance with our Membership Terms and Conditions. See the Society Privacy Policy under the ‘About’ section in the header menu above.

It is with great regret that we announce the passing of Vic Simpson, pioneering wildlife vet and long-standing Society member. Vic was well known internationally and will be remembered in the birding community for his work in identifying the link between discarded lead fishing weights and swan mortality, as well many other ground-breaking studies of mammal deaths such as the carrying out of cetacean post-mortems. The Society offers its condolences to family and friends. Vic’s funeral will take place at Penmount Crematorium on August 13th at 2pm.

The funeral for Brian Field has been arranged for 11 am on Wednesday 8th August at Penmount Crematorium, Newquay Road, Truro. TR4 9AA. All who knew Brian are welcome to attend; dress code is smart but casual.

June 2018

For Sale: Bird Watching Magazines Nov 1989 – May 2008.  In Bespoke Binders from 1990 – 2007.  Offers. Buyer collects from Hayle. Please contact Ann at anngillo@yahoo.co.uk

Seabirds Count’ survey trip – 12th June: Weather-permitting, next Tuesday (12th June) we’ll be running a survey trip as part of the Seabirds Count survey. We currently have six spaces on the boat which we are happy to fill with paying passengers (£40 per person) to help subsidise the cost of the trip and to contribute to further surveys off the north coast later in the season. We plan to leave Falmouth early morning and will head straight out to Plymouth, then surveying the stretch of coast from Mount Edgcumbe back round to Chapel Point, Mevagissey. Time-permitting, we may then also resurvey Gull Rock, giving an opportunity to see a wider variety of breeding seabirds. This will be a full day at sea, so be prepared with plenty of suitable clothing and food/drink. If you’re interested in joining the trip then please email chairman@cbwps.org.uk to reserve a space (first come first served).

May 2018

Personal Privacy Data Regulations – in line with new laws brought into effect midnight May 24th 2018.

“The personal data of Society members is held on the CBWPS Database for Society purposes only so that we can provide services in accordance with our Membership Terms and Conditions. We do not share personal data, except in the case of name and address which are supplied to the distributors of the quarterly newsletter and annual report. Data is deleted on termination of membership, except in relation to Gift Aid Declarations which are required to be held for six years. Members can request a copy of their own personal data held by the Society and this will be provided in Microsoft Excel Format or in hard copy if so desired. Please contact secretary@cbwps.org.uk if you wish to see a copy of the information held. The Society will occasionally contact members by email about news and events relevant to their membership.”

RSPB surveys and monitoring 2018: can you help? Corn Buntings in the Newquay area, and Snipe and other rare breeding waders on Bodmin Moor are being especially targeted this year. Please see the News Page for more details or to assist.

Volunteering Opportunities: The National Trust in West Cornwall are looking for bird enthusiasts who may wish to volunteer their time to help carry out bird surveys at some of our countryside sites, to help measure the effects of habitat management. Sites that will be surveyed twice per year on an ongoing basis include Porthminster, Zennor head, Gurnards head, Boswednack, Botallack, Kenidjack, Mayon cliff, Penberth, Cudden point, Trewavas and Trenow. If you are interested, please contact Shaun Boyns, one of the National Trust Area Rangers on 07881 811481 for more information.

Saturday 5th May Cornwall Bird Race – get out and about in the county to see how many bird species you can record on your local patch, garden or in the County as a whole. You can enter as a team, or go green, and record your sightings to the BTO’s Birdtrack. More details here – May Bird Race

Cornwall’s local wildlife sites are UNDER THREAT by planned changes to National Planning Policy – please complete the simple e-petition on Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s website to ‘Save our Wildlife’ – it takes 2 minutes! https://e-activist.com/page/23394/action/1 

More on County Wildlife Sites here – Cornwall Wildlife Trust – County Wildlife Sites leaflet pdf

 

April 2018

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

Willow Tit Survey 2017/2018: Following on from last year, new sites are available and can be found on the updated webpage Here

County Listing 2018: Last year around 300 species were recorded in the county. The County List 2018, Yearlisting and Green Birding can all be found in the drop-down menu under the ‘Resources’ tab above – or Here, along with latest news on Bird Races and the Green Challenge.

RSPB surveys and monitoring 2018: can you help? Corn Buntings in the Newquay area, and Snipe and other rare breeding waders on Bodmin Moor are being especially targeted this year. Please see the News Page for more details or to assist.

Volunteering Opportunities: The National Trust in West Cornwall are looking for bird enthusiasts who may wish to volunteer their time to help carry out bird surveys at some of our countryside sites, to help measure the effects of habitat management. Sites that will be surveyed twice per year on an ongoing basis include Porthminster, Zennor head, Gurnards head, Boswednack, Botallack, Kenidjack, Mayon cliff, Penberth, Cudden point, Trewavas and Trenow. If you are interested, please contact Shaun Boyns, one of the National Trust Area Rangers on 07881 811481 for more information.

Sensitive Data: Now that the breeding season is with us again, we are resuming our policy of witholding reports of sensitive breeding (and potential breeding) birds. Where appropriate, we will endeveavour to release news of “interesting” birds, but our first duty is to protect the birds themselves. Please keep sending in your reports, even though they will not appear on the website, as they will still go into the county database and thus be available for the annual report, research and conservation. Thanks for your understanding.
As way of a reminder, here are a few key links to bear in mind:
The Birdwatchers Code  The Nature Photographers Code  Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981  Schedule 1 Birds

Cornwall’s local wildlife sites are UNDER THREAT by planned changes to National Planning Policy – please complete the simple e-petition on Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s website to ‘Save our Wildlife’ – it takes 2 minutes! https://e-activist.com/page/23394/action/1 

January 2018

Palores deadline: The deadline for article submissions for the next Palores magazine is midnight Saturday 6th January. Reserve reports, articles, news and snippets – send them in!

January 1st 2018 Cornwall Bird Race/Green Challenge: New Year’s Day Bird Race/Green Challenge to get folk out birding, get the yearlist started and see who can see the most birds on Jan 1st on their local patch or by green birding! For more information/to register see the New Year’s Day Birdrace page.

Open Wildlife- Landscape Photographic Evening: on January Wednesday 10th. 7.30pm at Griffin Hotel, Cliff Rd, Newquay. Postcode TR7 1SP. An informal evening for all members and friends to come along and show your photographs and slides of the wildlife and landscape you have taken at home and abroad. We have a digital projector to show your digital photos so bring up to 10 photos on a memory stick. No pets please Wildlife and Landscapes only. Wheelchair access, full bar and free parking facilities. All are welcome Collection taken on behalf of the Cornwall Wildlife Trust. Contact Dave Thomas for more info on davecarp86@hotmail.com

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RSPB surveys and monitoring 2018 – can you help?

Corn bunting. Assistance May-August with regular counts for singing males and also nest locations between Newquay and Padstow, particularly where nests are in grass fields and at risk of grass cutting operations.

Snipe. Dusk/dawn surveys for drumming males in likely marshes on Bodmin Moor.

Curlew and Lapwing. Assistance with locating any Curlew and Lapwing on Bodmin Moor to assess numbers and breeding status.

Please contact Claire Mucklow with any offers of help.

claire.mucklow@rspb.org.uk

December 2017

Palores Magazine: The next edition of Palores will be out in the New Year. If you have any contributions, news or ideas for articles please contact the Palores Editor Simon Marquis at palores@cbwps.org.uk

Palores

Deadlines for copy 2017/18

  1. Autumn edition               8th October 2017
  2. Winter edition                 6th January 2018
  3. Spring edition                 8th April               
  4. Summer edition              8th July 
  5. Autumn edition               7th October   

Rarity descriptions:  New content on the website includes listings of rarer birds seen in the county in 2015 and 2016 (click to view) 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.

November 2017

BTO Blackcap colour-ringed survey: The winter Blackcap project is studying migration and movements of our wintering Blackcaps. Please look out for colour-ringed Blackcaps in Cornwall this winter, especially in the Falmouth/Penryn area. If you see one or can help with ringing sites in the area please contact Robbie Phillips at rp394@exeter.ac.uk

Palores Magazine: The next edition of Palores will be out in the New Year. If you have any contributions, news or ideas for articles please contact the Palores Editor Simon Marquis at palores@cbwps.org.uk

Website update:  New content on the website includes listings of rarer birds seen in the county in 2015 and 2016 (click to view) 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.

RSPB conservationist Katharine Lowrie is talking about her new book, ‘Running South America with my Husband and other animals‘ which chronicles their world first 6,504 mile run up the continent for wildlife and wildernesses. Speaking @ The Poly, Falmouth on Thurs 7th Dec 19:30 (tickets- http://bit.ly/2zjVFOE) & Passmore Edwards Institute, Hayle Fri 8th Dec at 20:00. With the chance to buy a signed copy of the book. For more info/ buy the book- http://www. 5000mileproject.org/about/ speaking/ Katharine was in BBC Wildlife Magazine’s (Sept)- http://bit.ly/2k1M1gS & is due to be on Radio 5 Live & Radio 4 in the coming weeks.

Exclusive extract from her book:-

Chilean flamingos flew in long skeins along the coastline and Magellanic oystercatchers screeched on the cobbled beach, their flame-red beaks flashing in perpetual chatter. Even a willow tree shuddered with life under the weight of over 100 black-chinned siskins.

We also did a megatransect recording the birds along our running route- we recorded 453 species and 6,154 individual birds and taught to schools about wildlife and running. Attached is a pic of a Crimson-crested Woodpecker – lots  of these beauties along the way!

Cornwall AONB and Plantlife are looking to conserve the unique Atlantic woodland habitat and its rich but declining population of rare lichens, moss and liverworts in the south west. See their website for details of a short survey they would like residents in the area concerned to fill in – Plantlife – South West Woodlands

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

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.

The Birdwatchers’ CodeNature Photographers Code of Practice (pdf)

 

 

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