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- The Willow Tit survey training session held at Garwnant on 3rd Feb, was very successful with 13 volunteers attending. After an initial informative presentation by Wayne Morris [our local BTO rep], and Andrew King from Breconshire [from the Rare Bird Breeding Panel] we split into two groups and followed two different routes. In all at least three Willow Tits were recorded during the actual survey practice runs. Lets hope all thirteen volunteers took up a square either from the GBC project or the National RSPB project. John Wilson
- "Willing for Willow Tit" project 2018. The Club [GBC] has secured a WOS grant to identify Willow Tit breeding sites in East Glamorgan, with a view to encouraging and providing habitat management. If you can spare time to carry out 2 surveys on a chosen site, that would be good. The next period is Feb/Mar 2019, this being identified as the best time to get them vocalising. Please note that our BTO rep, Wayne Morris has now set up a web site dedicated to this project - all the info and tools you need to take part can be found there - go to https://glamorganwillowtits.wordpress.com/. As the web site says, Wayne should be contacted if you want to take part.
- *IMPORTANT NOTICE* The Glamorgan Bird Club is soon to convert from a Registered Charity to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation. This will involve changing bank accounts. Members with standing orders will need to amend them in the New Year.
- 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
- 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.
- John Wilson