December 2020 News

 

Honorary Treasurer Position: Would you like an exciting role within Cornwall Birds (CBWPS)? We are looking for someone with financial experience, who is confident and forward-thinking to help us grow. You do not have to have previous board/trustee experience, please read more Here

Have your say about the future of nature in Cornwall:

If you have a spare moment this Christmas here is your chance to influence the future of nature in Cornwall.

Cornwall Council have launched a Nature Recovery Engagement hub which went live on Friday to capture your views on nature recovery in Cornwall. It hosts a nature recovery survey, a map for people to pin suggested nature recovery opportunities, and the consultation on the draft refresh of the Environmental Growth Strategy. The nature recovery survey will be open until the end of January, and the Environmental Growth Strategy consultation will close on 17 January.

Some of the things we would like to see include:

    • Our most important habitats at our most important sites (SPAs and SSSIs) are bursting with wildlife and their protection and expansion are used to drive nature recovery e.g. Marazion Marsh, Tamar Estuary, Bodmin Moor mires, Penwith Moors (this should be an SSSI), etc.
    • The recovery of Cornwall’s most iconic bird the chough along with other red listed species such as cirl bunting, corn bunting, kittiwake, shag, breeding waders, willow tit, etc.
    • An expanded nature-rich corridor along our most important landscape and seascape, Cornwall’s coast, with grasslands and arable richer in plants and insects, and seas and shore safe and rich in food for seabirds and other mobile species.

What would you like to be seen done where? Nature is in trouble so think BIG!

The nature recovery survey will be open until the end of January, and the Environmental Growth Strategy consultation will close on 17 January.

Follow this link and fill in the questionnaire https://letstalk.cornwall.gov.uk/nature-recovery-plan. Please do share this link with others who may be interested.

Bookshop: We now have a new online bookshop! Thanks to legacies and donations from our membership we have received a fantastic selection of birding and natural history books with the added bonus that all proceeds go straight to CBWPS Cornwall Birds, helping to fund our continuing conservation efforts throughout the county. Find the Bookshop Here

Honorary Treasurer Position: Would you like an exciting role within Cornwall Birds (CBWPS) making a real difference to the monitoring and conservation of Cornwall’s precious bird life? We are looking for someone with financial experience, who is confident and forward-thinking to help us to grow and improve our financial resilience and long-term stability. You do not have to have previous board/trustee experience, although that would be helpful. We encourage applications from all sections of the community as we aim to increase the diversity of our Board, but if you have a passion for Cornwall’s birds and wildlife that would be advantageous. If this could be you please read more Here Update: this position is no longer open

Garden Listing: With a second lockdown upon us we are again running a garden listing league. Use email address (gardenlisting@cbwps.org.uk) and we will update the table with your sightings and highlights. See the page here for more details. Now with final tally to 1st December. (We will continue to update to years’ end as a year list)

Cornwall Birds Student Award 2020/21: This year we will again be offering an award to the student judged to have produced the best ornithological dissertation based on research conducted in Cornwall. For full details please see our student award page.

COVID-19 Update 2nd December: Society reserves are now open, however all hides remain closed, and the society walks and events program has been suspended until further notice. We will be publishing reports of rare birds in the County where it is felt it is safe to do so, please do continue to send in all records. See the Society Homepage for more information and a fuller statement from the board.

North Cornwall Choughs, Andy Taylor

Cornish Choughs: The Society is now maintaining the dedicated Chough sightings database for Cornwall, adding to the many thousands of records received from birders and members of the public since 2001. Please send your sightings to choughs@cbwps.org.uk including, date, place, 6 fig grid ref if possible, and notes on any colour rings observed.

Chough Update Dec 2020: A big thank you to everyone who sent in sightings of Cornish Choughs in this difficult year. Please see link below for an update from the team on what has been a good year for our birds, and of course do continue to send your sightings in over the winter –

Chough update Dec 2020

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