July 2020 News

Steve Madge: It is with great sadness that we have to inform our members that our society president for many years, Steve Madge, passed away yesterday after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Our deepest condolences to all of his family.

His obituary can be found on the website here – Steve Madge 1948 -2020

Steve Madge at Looe

Chough Update 2020: Another record year for Cornish Chough with 14 pairs successfully breeding and fledging 43 chicks – the highest number so far. As ever, there have been some good news stories:

  • Three pairs fledging five young – the first full clutches since 2015/
  • A one year old male reared one chick.
  • Five new pairs attempted to breed for the first time and one was successful.

Many thanks to everyone who sent in their Chough sightings to choughs@cbwps.org.uk Your records were incredibly useful throughout the lockdown period in identifying pairs on territory, and now for tracking Chough families and their fledglings.

COVID-19 Update 13th May: Due to the ongoing Coronavirus situation the Society walks and events program has been suspended until further notice. Society reserves are now open, however all hides remain closed. 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 full statement from the board.

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.

Sensitive Breeding Birds: Now that the breeding season is upon us we will be resuming our policy of withholding reports of sensitive breeding (and potential breeding) birds in the County. Please keep sending in your reports as even though they may not appear on the website they will still go into the county database and thus be available for the annual report, research and conservation. Remember, the welfare of the birds comes first. The full list of species including RBBP and Schedule 1 species can be found on the website here. Please always bear this in mind when sharing information on social media too.

Cornwall Red Kite Influx 9th -11th May 2020: A relatively recent addition to the birding calendar in Cornwall has been the annual spring influx of Red Kites into the county. Read more … Cornwall Red Kite Influx 2020

Birding in Lockdown: Links to Garden Lockdown Listing League and our Birding Ideas Page, helping to make the most of extra time as a result of the lockdown. A great 13 minute video of Walmsley Sanctuary by final year student at UoE Penryn, Dylan Jackaman can now be found on the above ‘Birding Ideas Page’ – well worth a watch.

First Spring Arrival Dates: Now that most of our commononer passage and resident species have arrived in the County it is time to have a quick look at the season so far – Table of First Spring Arrival Dates 2020. We will look at an expanded list including more of the regular ‘scarcities’ as Spring progresses.

Cornwall Swift Survey 2020: Following the latest guidance from the government and based on the position of the BTO amongst others we will be carrying out and collating results from this tetrad-based breeding survey where safe to do so. Details and recording form can be found here: Cornwall Swift Survey 2020. It is likely that the survey will continue into 2021 at least.

Steve Madge: It is with great sadness that we have to inform our members that our society president for many years, Steve Madge, passed away yesterday after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Our deepest condolences to all of his family.

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