2018 Small Grant applications - closing date 28 February, so just four days left to apply!

WOS is once again offering two small research grants (each not exceeding £500) for bird conservation projects in Wales. To qualify for a grant, your project must focus on bird species that are considered to be WOS Priority Species: full details are given on page 7 of the application form and the highest priority species are Lapwing, Short-eared Owl, Kestrel, Redshank, Spotted Flycatcher, Marsh Tit and breeding Golden Plover, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Dunlin, Water Rail, Snipe, Willow Tit and Whinchat. More details and a link to the Application Form can be found on the Small Grant Scheme page.

WOS Small Grant supports Twite research at Connah's Quay

After a fruitless start to 2018 the Twite research at CQNR is finally underway, with a catch of 24 new birds and one retrap on 19th February. Ian Spence has been putting to good use a grant from WOS as each new bird went away with three colour rings and a metal ring. It has been pleasing to know that a bird first ringed at Machrihanish on the Mull of Kintyre has now been caught or seen at Connah’s Quay in each of the four subsequent winters – and was seen back at its original ringing site in October 2017. The work on Welsh Twite will be featured at the Welsh Ringers’ Conference on 24 February.

Can you help with the RSPB Beached Birds survey this weekend?

Through the weekend of 24-25th February 2018 RSPB Cymru are looking for volunteers to take part in the annual Beached Bird Survey. The survey is simple, you just walk a pre-determined stretch of beach, record any beached (i.e. dead) birds you find and make a note of the general condition of the beach, especially any oil found. Please contact Amy Doore to discuss available sections on 02920 353015 or amy.doore@rspb.org.uk here.

Walking across North Wales to inspire young naturalists

At dawn of 31 March, Elliot Monteith will embark on a 100-mile trek in order to raise funds for the Cameron Bespolka Trust. Starting from his home in Birkenhead on the Wirral peninsula, his trek will take him along the North Wales coast and end at Aberdaron on the Llŷn Peninsula. The background to his walk can be found in Birdguides. If anyone would like to join him for a section of the walk, he’d be hugely grateful for the company and support. Do have a look at the background to this and a link to the Cameron Bespolka Trust by clicking here.

Scarce sightings and the new Welsh bird list

From 1st January 2018 the ‘Scarce Sightings’ feature will appear quarterly, rather than monthly, so the next roundup will be in early April 2018. Also from 1st January 2018 WOS is adopting the revised British list as the Welsh bird list. The Welsh Records Panel has adopted the Moussier’s Redstart as its logo – a male is shown above. This northwest African bird has occurred just once in Britain, on Dinas Head, Pembrokeshire, in April 1988, but of course we are interested in all records, not just extreme rarities! The new Welsh list is available in PDF and Excel format from the Welsh Records Panel page.

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Events for birdwatchers in Wales

Glamorgan Bird Club : Outdoor Meeting – Tregaron
Feb 25 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

This area has a reputation for raptor watching. In addition we hope to see Whooper Swans, Redpoll and Willow Tit.

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.

WOS – Small Grant Scheme. Closing date for applications.
Feb 28 all-day

Notes for Applicants
• Applications must be made using the form (available in MS Word from November).
• Projects must take place within Wales.
• The grant can pay for costs of the project such as materials, research and surveys including travel expenses, habitat management and technical advice. It should not pay for core funding for a group, nor for telescopes or binoculars to undertake fieldwork.
• The funding must be used for biodiversity conservation work and not to fulfil any existing agreements such as Service-level agreements, agri-environment works, planning obligations.
• Any individual or non–profit group or organisation may apply. If you are applying on behalf of a non-constituted group and therefore do not have a bank account (such as a Biodiversity Action Group), you may nominate an organisation to administer the project finances. Eligible organisations include Local Authorities, Registered Charities, and Government Organisations.
• A nominated person must sign the application form accepting the conditions of grant on behalf of those involved in the project.
• The applicant must supply adequate information to justify the project.
• Grants will be made in two parts: half before the project and half upon receipt of a report on the work.

Forfurthe detail please go to -https://birdsin.wales/what-we-do/small-grant-scheme/

Wrexham Birdwatchers Group : Evening talk – Georgia, Caucasus Mountains by Steve Culley.
Mar 2 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

For more information contact Kevin Smith on kevjsmith3@hotmail.com or 01978 354551.

Glamorgan Bird Club : Indoor meeting – The mystery of disappearing flycatchers
Mar 6 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

The mystery of disappearing flycatchers
Dr. Rob Thomas returns to highlight some of the research into Pied Flycatchers, seeking answers to their falling numbers.

Start 7.45pm in the Kenfig National Nature Reserve’s Visitor Centre, Kenfig. Contact Paul Denning (01443 202607) for details.