Tuesday 7th March 2017

Helston Boating Lake: 1 1w Bonaparte’s Gull, (was reported on the Loe earlier in the day), also 8 Shoveler, 1 Grey Wagtail. (J St Ledger)

Bonaparte's Gull, John St Ledger

Bonaparte’s Gull, John St Ledger

Newquay, Towan Head: 2 Great Northern Diver off old lifeboat slip, also 23 Turnstone and 3 Purple Sandpiper behind Headland hotel. (M Lammas) Also 1 Red-throated Diver in Newquay Bay. (S Rowe)

Tehidy Country Park: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler still showing well around pool below cafe. (M Lammas)

Marazion Marsh RSPB, Longrock Pool: 1 Little Gull still mid p.m. (M Lammas)

Marazion: 2 Velvet Scoter, 2 Great Northern Diver offshore.

Bude: 1 Water Rail, 10 Turnstone, 8 Oystercatcher. (R Mudge)

Sennen Cove: 1 Little Egret to east of lifeboat station.

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Lelant Saltings: 1 juv Iceland Gull.

Caerhays Castle: 5 Cattle Egret in fields west of village from viewing point with bench by road.

Millbrook: 1 Cattle Egret again at Stone Farm. (B Taggart)



RSPB Heron Watch

Title:    RSPB Heron Watch

Date:   Wednesday 1 March 2017

Description:  Join the RSPB Warden for a lovely morning of Grey Heron spotting. Herons are gearing up for the nesting and breeding season at this time of year. Take a leisurely stroll and learn to spot and identify other resident and migrant birds and wildlife living on Marazion Marsh.



Marazion Marsh (SW514312)


9am to 11am



Suitable outdoor clothing and footwear, binoculars


£5 per person (children free)


Booking essential through

Eventbrite.co.uk .

For more information contact us on 01736 360624

or check the RSPB Marazion Marsh website.

Kestrel nestbox scheme

West Cornwall Ringing Group is interested in starting a new nestbox scheme for Kestrels and are appealing for any sites that may be suitable for siting a box. Farm sites with birds present are of particular interest, as are ones with an existing box. The ringing group can provide boxes, but ask that permission to install one is granted by the land-owner, who would also need to be happy with follow-up visits for nest-recording and ringing. Anyone who knows of a suitable site can email cornishkestrels@gmail.com


CBWPS on Twitter

Just in case you hadn’t noticed … cbwps now has an active twitter account!

Accessible from the main sidebars on the website homepage and other pages, or by searching cbwpsbirds or cbwps1 on twitter itself.

If you’re on twitter already, this is a great opportunity not only to support us by following us, re-tweeting or commenting on/liking our tweets, but hopefully also an opportunity for you to become that little bit better informed on what is going on in the world of #Cornwall’s #birds and the #local birding scene!

We are aiming to retweet most relevant birding news from within the county twitter community, keep you updated on news and events from the society itself, and share relevant or interesting information from other county organizations or on pressing local conservation issues as they arise.

Use the @cbwps1 at the end of your own tweets if you want to specifically draw our attention or bring us to the wider attention of your other followers!

Thanks, the cbwps twitter team, and happy tweeting

Vote for Cirl Buntings in Cornwall!

… From the RSPB Cirl Bunting Project team –

Recent publicity about the Cirl Bunting project in Devon and Cornwall has resulted in cirls being nominated as Wildlife Success of The Year 2016 by Countryfile Magazine – it would be great for them to win as it highlights the efforts of farmers in saving a farmland species.

With all the uncertainty about how Brexit will affect agri-environment, and support for farmers wanting to farm in a way compatible with nature, anything that highlights wildlife friendly farming has to be positive. If you feel so inclined please vote on the link below (there are of course other worthy species up for nomination but it would be lovely for cirls to win!) –


Voting closed 28th Feb

Cornwall Willow Tit Survey

The CBWPS will be carrying out a survey of previously known sites of this much declined and vulnerable species over the next two winters to establish its population size, with the aims of establishing a better understanding of the species and helping its future conservation. We will be relying on volunteer surveyors, so if you can think you can help please see the  Cornwall Willow Tit Survey  section on the main website page for further details


photo – Lawrence Allnatt

Cornwall Seabirds Conference 2017

Joint CBWPS/BTO/UniveristyofExeter Conference

Following on from the hugely successfully 2013 Cornwall Seabirds Conference, announcing the joint CBWPS/BTO/UoE Conference Above and beyond the Cornish coast at UoE, Penryn on Saturday 25 February 2017. Further details can be found on the BTO website: HERE

UPDATE: We have to report that this has proven very popular, and unfortunately the main allocation of non-student tickets are now sold out …