Pic of the Week: Greenfinch, male with young, Penwithick, 1/8/20, Kevin Bowers
Pic of the Week images for 2020 can be found HERE
The Archive for 2019 can be found HERE , with previous years also available to view.
Coronavirus/COVID-19 and CBWPS Sanctions
Covid-19 Update: In light of recent government updates on the continued gradual easing of lockdown we would like to explain our updated approach here:
We can now enjoy our hobby without restrictions on travel, so whilst it is great to be able to visit the many special birding sites around the county and respectfully enjoy the social side of birding once more, we are still delighted with the number of members who continue to enjoy their local patch and garden and we continue to encourage this greener approach. Please do continue to send your bird records to the sightings team, the data we receive helps to produce our annual bird report which continues to be a useful tool for bird conservation In Cornwall. We would like to also reinforce the key government messages which will help us all stay safe whilst out birding:
• Six people from different households are now allowed to meet up, there is no limit on the number of people from two households
• At all times maintain the recommended social distancing of ‘1 meter plus’. Socially distancing from the advisable 2 meters should be easily achievable in most situations in the countryside.
• Maintain good hand hygiene, especially with regards to shared contacts such as gates.
Reserves: It was agreed unanimously by the Board that all of the CBWPS hides should remain closed for the foreseeable future. This is due to the difficulty in ensuring that social distancing can be maintain in such limited single entrance spaces as well as adequate sanitation schedules being adhered to by unpaid volunteers. However, access to reserves (and any parking) will be managed locally by wardens as they are the people best-placed to understand the risks and put measures in place to reduce them. We will try to keep everyone updated as to where is open and where isn’t but do bear with us on this.
Bird News: The sightings team will continue to publish sightings of bird news in Cornwall. This will include both county and national (BBRC) rarities however if we feel there is a substantial risk with regards to appropriate social distancing we may decide not to publicise news in order to protect our valued members.
Field Meetings: Until further notice, we have suspended our Field Meetings programme. This is because, even with relaxations in Government guidance from 4th July, no more than six people from different households may meet at any one time. We will, of course, keep this under review. If the restriction in numbers continues for some time, a programme of events with booking restrictions might be considered.
We hope this goes some way to outline our current thinking and wish all our members well in these testing times.