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- The files for the 2016 Eastern Glamorgan Bird Report are now with the printer. I have seen a proof and it looks good. I am now away for 2 weeks so not sure when we'll get it posted but bear with us. John Wilson Update - print run was started on the evening of 6th Nov. Just waiting for news now. Printing is usually quick but the glued binding takes longer.
- The latest WOS newsletter is now available - click here.
- Readers may be interested to know that the main body of the site guide book "Birding in Glamorgan", which was published by GBC in 2009, is downloadable from our Google Drive - click here - be aware that the file is 61MB as it contains many site maps. Also be aware that some site details may now be out of date, but most are still valid. You may or may not get an error message from Drive but will be able to download anyway - you will then get a message saying that the file is too large for Drive to scan for viruses, but it is safe and you can download anyway.
- The GBC AGM was held on 25th April at KNNR and was well attended. Thanks to all those who attended. Links to he minutes and accounts can be found on the GBC documents page - click here.
- A successful nestbox making session was held on 18th Feb 2017 as part of BTO nestbox week. See some pix here.
- New photographic book just published, about Dotterel in the Scottish Highlands - see the GBC Forum.
- Late Oct/early Nov 2016 - The annual Eastern Glanorgan BIrd Report was published and sent out to members. It has been well received. As usual, leal deposit copies are sent to the required libraries, and we sent complimentary copies to all local Unitary Authorities and other organisations with input into the report. The BTO Library now keeps a digital copy of the text of the report.
- May 2016. The Glamorgan Bird Club Big Birding Day fund raising, awareness and participation day was held on Sun 8th May, and was blessed with a sunny rainless day, albeit rather windy day. There were 2 guided walks, 1 at 11 a.m. down to the pool via various footpaths. Small birds were difficult to see due to the strong wind but Common Whitethroats showed well, and there were 9 Whimbrel on the E pool fields. A White Wagtail was also there buit only seen by one of the group. In the afternoon a group went out to Sker via Sker Farm. Several Stonechats were seen plus Sky Lark, Wheatear, Meadow Pipits but sadly no sign of the putative American Golden Plover that had been present in the morning and on the previous day. More Whimbrel were on the coastal rocks, plus Turnstone and there were some distant Sanderling on Sker Beach. Back at the reserve centre Mrs. Wilson's cakes sold well as did the plants and kids could take part in a name the bird quiz kindly run by Graham Holmes, and view various skeletons and feathers in the reserve centre kindly brought along by Amy Schwartz. Thanks also to Alan Rosney who devised the 'Choose a bird name' raffle and to Ceri Jones who ran it. The event raised £275 from sales of cakes, plants, books and teas & coffees. This is shared 50/50 with the Reserve Centre. Click here for some photos of the event.
- For some time, Cardiff City Council have been looking to get the costs of running Flat Holm Island off their books, by finding a new organisation to take on the running of it. There were worries it might be sold into private hands. The good news is that the RSPB have agreed to lease the Island for 30 years, with the co-operation of the National Trust and the Flat Holm Society. Full details can be seen on the BBC web site here.
- Parc Slip - there are plans to create an artificial Sand Martin bank at Parc Slip, in the area where the new hide is located. The wildlife trust are hoping to raise £2000 to finance this project. If you feel you can make a donation there is an information leaflet which can be downloaded here, which has some info about the project and a donation form.
- Feb 2015 The web-based East Glamorgan Bird Atlas has just gone live. Check it out here. The following is the release message issued by Wayne Morris, one of the sub group committee who has been liaising with Garganey Consulting, who produced the Atlas for us:
Credit goes to the Club committee for having the ambition to produce another local atlas. A book was perceived in the early days as being the vehicle to publish the data. Over time, it became clear that a web-based version would best match our needs, providing easy-to-use facilities to switch maps for each species through the decades. Viewers can now see historical losses and gains of our avifauna in a readily accessible, attractive format - for free. I think it succeeds.
It has of course, been a huge effort. Hundreds of volunteers have spent many, many hours in the field capturing the data over nearly 50 years. In turn, this has been collected, reviewed and stored by the Club and latterly in partnership with our friends at SEWBReC. Thanks to everyone who's contributed down the years.
Finally, thanks go to Alan, Dan, Dave and Rob for working on the project over the years, from planning fieldwork for the latest survey, overseeing data collection through to final publication with the services of Chris Dee at Garganey Consulting who has done a terrific job in fulfilling our requirements.
I hope you enjoy using our new atlas
- March 2014 - the Glamorgan Bird Club AGM took place on Tues 29th April - click here for the minutes; the accounts can be found here [click on the relevant link].
- Congratulations to Mark Hipkin who, at the recent Gower OS AGM was elected as West Glam Recorder/Records Sec/Report Editor.
- Our neighbours in the east, Gwent, also have an new Recorder after Chris Jones has retired after many years service. The new Recorder is Tom Chinnick - Tel: 07982719881email: email@example.com
- Sep 2013
- Llanishen/Lisvane Reservoirs have been sold to Celsa - see the Forum.
- David Gilmore has just completed a supplement to The Birds of Cardiff book which GBC published on his behalf in 2006, which brings all the Cardiff UA records up to date and adds some new historical ones. It is only available as a PDF download. Please go to 'Resources' > 'Documents' to find it.
- I have recently rec’d a request for help with counting Wood Pigeon which pass thro’ in impressive numbers on vis mig in Oct and Nov. Please visit the GBC Forum for more info. [John Wilson]
- Glamorgan Bird Club - we still have a number of regular members who have not renewed their annual subs which were due on 1st April. We would be sad to see you go so if you do intend to continue your membership perhaps you could see your way clear to send your cheques to membership sec Alan Rosney, pretty please :-)
- Aug 2013
- Just received news of this - The Cardiff Blackbird Project - a project set up to examine the ecology, behaviour and demography of urban birds using the blackbird as a model. The link is to the project's blog.
- Another request for sightings users. Once you are set up, when you post, the default name for your posts will be the 'username' you used to set up your account. This was required to be just a string of letters/numbers with no space. It would be preferable for everyone to display their proper name or at least one by which they are known. So once set up and logged in, could we ask you to click on your name top right of the screen and at the screen that appears, select 'Public Profile'. On the next screen just type in your proper name in the 'Public Display Name' field and click 'Save Changes'. Done. Thanks.
- Notice for all users who have signed up to the new sightings facility on Wordpress. The default setting is that you will receive an e-mail every time someone posts or comments! If you don't want this, make sure you are signed in, then click on your name at the top right of the screen. On the next screen select 'Subscriptions Delivery'. Finally on the next screen tick the box bottom left which says Block E-mails. Just to make sure also at the top where it says Default Email delivery, click the options and select No email delivery. Apologies for any inconvenience.
- May 2013
- Big Birding Day Sun 19th May 2013. This more or less annual event turned out to be rather a quiet affair this year. Even the birds were not very obliging, although the total count for the day was 55 species, but this included birds seen from first light by the ringing team, and also birds seen down at Sker by folk who had been out that far. I led a couple of bird walks which just produced a few common species including Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Chaffinch, Bullfinch, Greefinch, Swift, Swallow etc , with the highlight being a Sparrowhawk which I spotted from the south hide when it was at least a mile away over South Cornelly, but it was heading straight for the pool. It became clear that it was carrying prey. In the end it headed straight for us and finally shot past almost within touching distance of the hide windows! Spectacular.
My good wife Anne sold her ‘exceedingly good cakes’, we had plants for sale, donated by a few people, also Strinda Davies manned a stall selling books, of which we have had a number donated over the years, Adrian Murch had his laptop running bird videos by the main GBC display, and Graham Powell’s partner Deb, kindly manned the hot drinks point. Howard Driver helped make nest boxes from kits, which had been cut to size by Adrian at KNNR previously. Sandra Griffiths and Val Phillips ran a children’s craft stall, Heather Coats, Chris Newberry and Charlie Sergeant from the Kenfig Ringing Group came in at 5.40am to set up the ringing site. The highlight from this was a re-trap of a Great Spotted Woodpecker which had been ringed at the reserve in March.
Although it was a quiet day, we took £190. Aside from £10 taken from the sale of books, the rest was divided equally between GBC and KNNR. Thanks go to all those named above, Dave Carrington, John Moxham for his donations to GBC and KNNR, and Jan Dutton who came in to empty the rubbish bins afterwards.