Conference 2018 - just a few places left!

The 2018 Conference, on Welsh Woodlands and their birds will be held at Neuadd Reichel, Bangor on Saturday 3 November. There are still a few places left, for non-members at £35 + VAT and WOS members at £30. There are also a couple of free places left for 16-25 year olds and if you are eligible and would like to apply for one of these, please email knoble.kn@btinternet.com directly. The full programme and booking details are on our Conference page here.

WOS small grant helps protect Gronant's Little Tern chicks from predation

With the help of a small grant from WOS, Wales’ only Little Tern colony at Gronant has had another successful season with almost 200 chicks reared. The grant was used to develop a diversionary feeding scheme for the local Kestrels which had developed a voracious appetite for Little Tern chicks. Read about the scheme in Henry Cook’s blog post here.

TOPS finishes next Monday - then the Tawny Owl Calling survey starts

The BTO TOPS survey closes on 15th October. If you’ve been allocated a square, please make sure you complete it – in calm weather if possible. With Redwings now on the move, you might be lucky and hear them going over, even if you don’t hear any owls. It’s followed by the Calling Survey – participation will only take you 20 minutes and you can do it from home! To find out more, and to get involved, follow the link to the BTO survey page here.

Scarce sightings during September 2018

The star bird was the second record of Pallid Harrier in north-east Wales in consecutive years, when the Burton Mere bird strayed into Wales on 5th – 6th. There was also a good run of unusual waders, with Buff-breasted, Baird’s and Pectoral Sandpipers all featuring, good numbers of Grey Phalaropes on the west coast and a Red-necked Phalarope at Ynys Hir at the end of the month. Read Robin Sandham’s full round up here.

 
 
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Events for birdwatchers in Wales

Oct
17
Wed
Bangor Bird Group : A Talk – Waderquest.
Oct 17 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

A talk by Rick & Elis Simpson (Supporting Shorebird Conservation) .
Meetings are in the ground floor Lecture Theatre of the University’s Brambell Building on Deiniol Road, Bangor and starts at 7.30 pm prompt. (The doors of the building are required to be closed at the start of the meeting at 7.30) Non-members £2 per meeting Annual subscription: £15; Concessions £12; Students £10 For further information e mail:bangorbirdgroup@gmail.com

Location- Deiniol St, Bangor LL57 2AU, UK

Oct
20
Sat
Gwent Ornithological Society : Outdoor Meeting – Ynys-y-fro Reservoir. @ Fourteen locks car park NP10 9GN.
Oct 20 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Ynys-y-fro Reservoir. Saturday 20 October at 08.00 hrs.
Leader: Ian Walker.
Meet Ian at Fourteen Locks car park (ST) at 08:00. A 3 hour walk. Canal, reservoir and fields. Wellies advisable. Phone: 01633 266382.

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.

Gwent Ornithological Society ; Indoor Meeting – Dippers on the Honda, Wye and Olchon, an illustrated talk by Mick Jenner.
Oct 20 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Dippers on the Honda, Wye and Olchon, Saturday 20 October 2018 19.30 hrs Speaker Mick Jenner – Video’d with assistance from Steph Tyler. Unmissable.

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.

Oct
24
Wed
Bangor Bird Group : A Talk – Living Landscapes in action (Biodiversity in Wrexham).
Oct 24 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

A Talk by Jonny Hudson (NWWT talk).
Meetings are in the ground floor Lecture Theatre of the University’s Brambell Building on Deiniol Road, Bangor and starts at 7.30 pm prompt. (The doors of the building are required to be closed at the start of the meeting at 7.30) Non-members £2 per meeting Annual subscription: £15; Concessions £12; Students £10 For further information e mail:bangorbirdgroup@gmail.com