September 2020 News

Walks and Events: Regrettably due to rising cases and the latest Covid-19 restrictions on meeting in public and group sizes the walks and events program has had to be suspended until such a time as it is considered legal and proper to restart again. We will keep you informed of any changes.

COVID-19 Update 14th Sept: 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 full statement from the board. (14th September update included here – )

Coronavirus/COVID-19 and CBWPS Sanctions

Covid-19 Update: In light of recent government updates on the continued gradual easing of lockdown we would like to explain our updated approach here:

General Birdwatching:
We can now enjoy our hobby without restrictions on travel, so whilst it is great to be able to visit the many special birding sites around the county and respectfully enjoy the social side of birding once more, we are still delighted with the number of members who continue to enjoy their local patch and garden and we continue to encourage this greener approach. Please do continue to send your bird records to the sightings team, the data we receive helps to produce our annual bird report which continues to be a useful tool for bird conservation In Cornwall. We would like to also reinforce the key government messages which will help us all stay safe whilst out birding:

• Six people from different households are now allowed to meet up, there is no limit on the number of people from two households
• At all times maintain the recommended social distancing of ‘1 meter plus’. Socially distancing from the advisable 2 meters should be easily achievable in most situations in the countryside.
• Maintain good hand hygiene, especially with regards to shared contacts such as gates.

Reserves: It was agreed unanimously by the Board that all of the CBWPS hides should remain closed for the foreseeable future. This is due to the difficulty in ensuring that social distancing can be maintain in such limited single entrance spaces as well as adequate sanitation schedules being adhered to by unpaid volunteers. However, access to reserves (and any parking) will be managed locally by wardens as they are the people best-placed to understand the risks and put measures in place to reduce them. We will try to keep everyone updated as to where is open and where isn’t but do bear with us on this.

Bird News: The sightings team will continue to publish sightings of bird news in Cornwall. This will include both county and national (BBRC) rarities however if we feel there is a substantial risk with regards to appropriate social distancing we may decide not to publicise news in order to protect our valued members.

Field Meetings: Please see our website and social media for our new Field Meetings for the remainder of 2020.

We hope this goes some way to outline our current thinking and wish all our members well in these testing times.

Cornwall Birds AGM: Because of the continuing Coronavirus restrictions, this year’s AGM scheduled for the 26th September will not take place. However, we are making arrangements for a ‘virtual’ AGM to be held on Friday 13th November. Further details will be posted on the website and made available in the next edition of Palores. Thanks for your understanding and any questions please contact Phil McVey secretary@cbwps.org.uk

Walks and Events: The Camel Trail Nature Walks will be starting up again this Wednesday 2nd September. Start time 10am for approximately 4-5 hours. Bring a snack. These walks cover flora and fauna as well as birds and take place every Wednesday from this September to 28th April 2021. Walks start at 10am and will be led by Jack Humphrey, Bernard Ide, Alan Taylor and Mike Scawen. Meet by the river behind Bridge Medical Centre and Wadebridge Wines, Wadebridge. Map ref: SW990724. PL27 7AH.

Society Hides: Please note that all the society hides remain closed to everyone. This is due to the current coronavirus situation and restrictions (maintaining safe distances, narrow doorways and inability to deep clean surfaces regularly). This is of course inconvenient for birders but unfortunately the situation we are in.
In most cases viewing can be carried out from nearby roadside/other locations and we of course look forward to a time when the hides can be fully open to all!

COVID-19 Update 1st Sept: 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.

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