May 2019 News

Middle Amble Marsh Update May 2019: An update on access issues to this joint CBWPS/CWT reserve can be found on the website HERE

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.  Responsibility for the database (formerly coordinated and maintained by the RSPB), passed to us in April 2019. Please send your sightings to choughs@cbwps.org.uk including, date, place, 6 fig gird ref if possible, and notes on any colour rings observed. Photos are always welcome too.

National Urban Gull Survey: 23rd April – 7th May: As the final part of the National Seabirds Count Survey, fieldwork in 2019 will focus on a survey of urban-nesting gulls. It’s impossible to completely count every breeding bird in such a difficult environment, so the survey will focus on key squares surveyed in previous years, with additional allocated sites in likely areas. If you can help please see the survey page Here

Mark Cocker at Kestle Barton: Mark is a notable author of creative non-fiction (Birders:Tales of a Tribe; Birds Britannica; Crow Country). He is also a naturalist and environmental tutor, who writes and broadcasts on nature and wildlife in a variety of national media. Last year (2018) he celebrated thirty years as a Guardian country diarist. He also released a new book on the fate of British nature since the twentieth century – Our Place: Can We Save Britain’s Wildlife Before It Is Too Late?

Over many decades British society has been guided to the idea that the natural world is best approached as a sub-department of science. In his radical and controversial new book Our Place, Mark argues that this under-estimates the importance of wildlife and landscape for people. In his talk at Kestle Barton on the Lizard at 2pm on 1 June 2019, he asks us to reconsider the inspirational role of the natural world and its place in all forms of creativity, whether literature, music, the visual arts or the sciences.

All the activities over the weekend are free but booking is essential for our planning purposes. Please contact info@kestlebarton.co.uk for more information and booking or visit their website www.kestlebarton.co.uk

New Membership Secretary:  as of 1st May Carol Hughes has taken over from Angela Moore as Membership Secretary for the Society. Carol writes: “I was born in Cornwall and have lived the majority of my life in the small village of Ruan Lanihorne. I gained an interest in wildlife as a whole quite late in life, but have been a member of Wild Roseland (link) since its inauguration and hold several positions. I have been recording for the BTO, Wildlife Trust and UK Butterfly Conservation for many years and help with a number of wildlife surveys. I have recently taken up an interest in moths and was lucky enough to find a first for Cornwall in my first year.”

The Society is very grateful to Angie for her many years of tireless service as Membership Secretary, and wishes her all the best in her future endeavours.

Membership enquiries and requests should continue to be sent to membership@cbwps.org.uk , where they will now be directly received by Carol. Other details can be found on the Society Contact and Membership pages in the ‘About’ section in the header above.

Roy Phillips: It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Roy Phillips after losing his fight with cancer. He was well-known to many local birders and was well-respected for his birding skills and reports. He was a regular contributor to CBWPS and his most recent report on the 12th, announced the fledging of robins in his beloved garden. He will be greatly missed.
The funeral of Roy will be at Treswithian Downs Crematorium, TR14 0BX, on Monday 13 May at 2:30pm. Everyone is invited to tea and snacks afterwards at Trevithick Inn Table Table, Treswithian Rd., Camborne TR14 0TR, about 2 mins drive from the crematorium. We ask that, if possible, you let the family know if you would like to come, so that they have an idea of numbers to cater for. Please contact liztregenza@outlook.com, or phone  01736 351793.

May 2019 News: Please see the News section for updates and expanded versions of all news snippets from this ‘Recent Sightings’ header section – updated 19th May

N Roy Phillips: It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Roy Phillips on 22nd April this year. A tribute to Roy can be found on the website Here .

New Membership Secretary: as of 1st May Carol Hughes has taken over from Angela Moore as Membership Secretary for the Society. The Society is very grateful to Angie for her many years of tireless service as Membership Secretary, and wishes her all the best in her future endeavours. Membership enquiries and requests should continue to be sent to the usual membership@cbwps.org.uk address

Mark Cocker on the Lizard: Mark is a well known birding author (Birders:Tales of a Tribe; Birds Britannica; Crow Country), naturalist and environmental tutor, who writes and broadcasts on nature and wildlife in a variety of national media. He will be giving a talk at Kestle Barton on the Lizard at 2pm on 1st June 2019, based around the concepts in his new book ‘Our Place: Can We Save Britain’s Wildlife Before It Is Too Late?’ and asks us to reconsider the inspirational role of the natural world and its place in all forms of creativity … read more Here

The activities over the weekend are free but booking is essential for planning purposes. Please contact info@kestlebarton.co.uk for more information and booking.

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