October 2020 News

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. The award will be advertised throughout Cornwall’s Colleges and Universities and entries will be accepted until 31st July 2021. The Award is being made in memory of renowned naturalist and long-standing CBWPS member, Vic Simpson. Vic left a legacy to Cornwall Birds and the Trustees agreed that we should honour his memory each year through the award, which is worth £150 to the winner. If you know anyone who you think might be eligible, please encourage them to enter. For full details please see our student award page.

Cornwall Birds Student Award 2019: The Cornwall Birds (CBWPS) ‘Birds in Cornwall Award for Student Research’ in memory of Vic Simpson (1941-2018) aims to recognise and promote the contribution to the long history of Cornish ornithology by masters and final year undergraduate students. The award is given to the student judged to have produced the best ornithological dissertation based on research conducted in Cornwall. To find out more please see: Cornwall Birds Student Award 2019

Notice: 2020 Annual General Meeting – By video

This year’s Cornwall Birds AGM will take place on Friday 13th November at 7.00pm. Because of the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, the meeting will be held by Zoom video conference. If you wish to attend the meeting, please contact Phil McVey secretary@cbwps.org.uk or c/o Little Boslymon, Bodmin, PL30 5AP and the access details and papers will be provided.

The AGM’s official CBWPS business will be followed by presentations by the two joint winners of this year’s Vic Simpson Birds in Cornwall Student Award, Ellie Boone and Emily Cuff. Ellie’s topical entry is titled “Conflicts of interest. The urban gull problem” and Emily has studied an under-watched bird; “Prospecting behaviour in wild, social Western Jackdaws”.

The AGM notice, the draft minutes from the 2019 AGM, and the Financial Statements can all be found in the Members Area.

Derek Skinner: The Society is sad to announce that Derek Skinner died peacefully at Perran Bay care home aged 89 on 29th September and his committal service was at Penmount Crematorium on 10th October. Derek was a life member of the Society and will be remembered fondly by many of our long standing members. Our condolences to his family and friends.

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