WeBS Report Published

The Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS) is the scheme which monitors non-breeding waterbirds in the UK. The principal aims of WeBS are to identify population sizes, determine trends in numbers and distribution and to identify important sites for waterbirds.

The latest annual report, for 2009-10 has now been published.

Though many of our most important water bodies in East Glamorgan are currently surveyed, BTO is keen to broaden the survey to include smaller sites, especially marshy areas that may hold species such as Snipe.    If you’d like to get involved, please contact:

Daniel Jenkins-Jones
WeBS Organiser for East Glamorgan
email: eastglamwebs@gmail.com

Holt, C.; Austin, G.; Calbrade, N.; Mellan, H.; Mitchell, C.; Stroud, D.; Wotton, S. & Musgrove, A. (2011) Waterbirds in the UK 2009/10: The Wetland Bird Survey. British Trust for Ornithology, Thetford.
http://www.bto.org/volunteer-surveys/webs/publications/wituk-200910

BTO GardenBirdWatch/ WTSWW Garden Wildlife Conference

Details of the programme for this autumn’s Garden BirdWatch conference are now available.

British Trust for Ornithology and the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales
Saturday, 22 October 2011
Main Building, Cardiff University, Park Place, Cardiff, Wales, CF10 3AT

09:30 – Arrival
10:00 – Introduction
10:10 – Why gardens and local garden birdwatchers matter, Tim Harrison (BTO Garden BirdWatch)
10:40 – Recording moths in your garden, Norman Lowe (Butterfly Conservation)
11:10 – Coffee and biscuits
11:40 – The Cardiff Garden Wildlife Survey, Rob Parry (WTSWW)
12:10 – Power from the Severn: good or bad for birds? Nigel Clark/Lucy Wright (BTO)
12:40 – Buffet lunch with tea and coffee
13:30 – Positioning of garden bird feeders, Richard Cowie (Cardiff University)
14:00 – Nature’s greatest pollinators, Nigel Ajax-Lewis (WTSWW)

Tickets for this conference are £12.50 per person, including lunch and other refreshments.

Further details and a booking form can be downloaded.

IPG_101212_297 by Paul Gulliver, on Flickr
IPG_101212_297 by Paul Gulliver, on Flickr

Woodland Birds at Risk

Two of the UKs small woodland breeding birds have been added to the ‘at risk’ category by the Rare Birds Breeding Panel. The species will now be monitored closely to establish the causes for their declines.

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos minor by Maris Pukitis, on Flickr
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos minor by Maris Pukitis, on Flickr

Both Lesser Spotted Woodpecker and Willow Tit are scarce breeding birds in our region.

Recent Atlas survey work has reported just 8 records from 6 tetrads for Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, a bird formerly of parks, woodlands and orchards.  Willow Tits, a bird of damp wooded areas, are now confined primarily to the Cynon Valley and a few other locals, with just and 27 records from 15 tetrads.

Welsh Ornithological Society Conference 2011

The programme for this year’s annual Welsh Ornithological Society conference in association with BTO and RSPB is now available.

The event will be held once more at Carno in Mid Wales and will celebrate a 100 years of birdwatching in Wales.

A number of well-known speakers from BTO, RSPB and the Welsh Kite Trust have accepted invitations to talk.

2011 Conference
The gathering for birdwatchers in Wales
Saturday 12 November
Carno Community Centre, Powys SY17 5LH

Morning
09:30 – Registration and Coffee
10:00 – Welcome by WOS Chair Derek Moore
10:05 – Annual General Meeting of WOS
Session chair: Mick Green
10:30 – 100 Years – Worth Celebrating? Iolo Williams
10:40 – Conservationists in Wales, Graham Williams
11:20 – Birds in Wales – the Last 100 Years, Simon Holloway
12:00 – RSPB in Wales – the First 100 Years, Arfon Williams
12:40 – Lunch
Afternoon
Session chair: Stephanie Tyler
13:.50 – Science in Welsh Ornithology, Dave Leech
14:20 – Welsh Islands, Steve Sutcliffe
15:00 – The Story of the Red Kite, Tony Cross
15:20 – ‘Birdwatching’ – From Shotgun to Web, Derek Moore
15.40 – Tea
Session chair: Alan Williams
16:10 – Film – Dee Doody
16:30 – Birds in Wales – Now and the Next 100, Julian Hughes
17:00 – Raffle and Close – Derek Moore

Further details and booking form are available to download.

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