Brexit and our land

Leaving the EU provides a unique opportunity to develop a new sustainable land management programme using taxpayers’ money to pay Welsh farmers for protecting and maintaining the environment for all the people of Wales. We believe that this is a just use of public money, paying for things we all need but for which there is no market, and that it will provide long-term security for the farming and land management sector. Recognising that food and forestry will continue to be outputs from these sectors, we believe that Welsh Government should support a stronger connection between consumers and producers, especially in farming, and that developing a sustainable food policy for Wales would be a significant first step towards this. Read our full response to the Welsh government consultation document here.

Joe d'Souza - 2018 Student Research Award winner

From a strong batch of applications, Council decided that the 2018 Student Research Award should go to Joe d’Souza, for his research into the incidence of plastics pollution affecting urban Dippers in south Wales. Iolo Williams presented Joe with the award at the Annual Conference on Saturday 3rd November.

Scarce sightings during October 2018

Three long staying rarities continued to lurk in their regular haunts, in the shape of the Snowdonia Snowy Owl, the Ynys Hir female King Eider and the Llanddulas Glaucous Gull. Persistent westerly systems meant there were only a few arrivals from the east, but what they lacked in quantity they made up for in quality. The star bird from a photogenic point of view was a Siberian Stonechat on Bardsey in the middle of the month (pictured above) and this was followed by a Siberian Lesser Whitethroat ten days later. You can read Robin Sandham’s full round-up here.

Welsh Rarities Report for 2017

The report on rare and scarce birds in Wales in 2017 has now been published and can be viewed by members in the Members Area.

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Events for birdwatchers in Wales

Nov
17
Sat
Gwent Ornithological Society : Indoor Meeting – Changing Landscapes on the South Wales Coast, an illustrated talk by Davis Broadbent.
Nov 17 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Changing Landscapes on the South Wales Coast. Saturday 17 November at 19.30 hrs Speaker David Broadbent, Documenting this developing, if under-rated, landscape.

All indoor meetings are held on Saturdays at Goytre Village Hall, Penperlleni (SO 323 046) and start at 7:30pm. An entrance fee of £2.00 includes tea and biscuits. Open to non-members.

Nov
18
Sun
Glamorgan Bird Club : Field Meeting – Garwnant, Llwyn-on and Rhaslas.
Nov 18 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sunday 18th November – Garwnant/Llwyn-on/Rhaslas (F) 2-3 Willow Tit, Red Kite, Crossbill and Redpoll are all possible at Garwnant, whilst Rhaslas may hold Goldeneye and Goosander.

Field Meetings – Contact John Wilson (info@glamorganbirds.org.uk) at least seven days before the due date. Bring packed lunch and suitable clothing/footwear. Participants may be expected to car share. The meeting place in Cardiff for many trips is St Margaret’s Road in Whitchurch, Cardiff – see the map opposite. We meet at the A4054 end.

Nov
24
Sat
Gwent Ornithological Society : Outdoor Meeting – Llandegfedd Reservoir. @ North Car Park NP4 0TG
Nov 24 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Llandegfedd Reservoir, Saturday 24 November at 09.00.
Leader: Keith Roylance.
Meet Keith at the Fishermen’s car park (North End, SO332008) at 09:00. A 3 hour walk. Wildfowl etc.
Keith will use our Group Permit for access – this means the car park gates will be locked before the party moves off. Mobile: 07718 315910.

For further information please contact Dave Brassey on 01633 664212. Note that in some rural areas the nearest post code (and therefore your sat nav) may not take you to the exact parking place. Use a map and the grid reference to find this.

Nov
28
Wed
Glamorgan Bird Club : Field Meeting – Cwm Cadlan and Moel Penderyn.
Nov 28 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Wednesday 28th November – Cwm Cadlan/Moel Penderyn. Searching for raptors such as Hen Harrier, Buzzard and Red Kite.

Field Meetings – Contact John Wilson (info@glamorganbirds.org.uk) at least seven days before the due date. Bring packed lunch and suitable clothing/footwear. Participants may be expected to car share. The meeting place in Cardiff for many trips is St Margaret’s Road in Whitchurch, Cardiff – see the map opposite. We meet at the A4054 end.