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21st April is World Curlew day, after St Beuno their patron saint. Curlews are magical birds – they have inspired poetry and paintings. We know how threatened Curlews are as a Welsh breeding species and we need all the records we can gather – even under the COVID-19 lockdown.
Events for birdwatchers in Wales
Megaherbs, Great Albatrosses and Giant Petrels:exploring our Antipodal Seas and Islands by Dan Brown. In Room PL 5.
The Bird Group, which has links with Bangor University, was set up 70 years ago. It arranges a series of weekly talks over the autumn and spring terms (October – March) with a wide range of speakers and topics. These are held on Wednesday evenings (except where indicated) Pontio Arts and Innovation Centre, Bangor University, Deiniol Rd, Bangor LL57 2TQ. and start at 7.30 pm prompt (no access to building after this time). Non members £4 per meeting.
Friday 6th December
AGM & ‘TBird Conservation Stories in 2019 from the Wildlife Trust’ by Chris Wynne (NWWT)
Following a quick AGM, Chris Wynne, Senior Reserves Manager, will update us on recent news from the North Wales Wildlife Trust..
Programme sponsored by CAMBRIAN PHOTOGRAPHY, ABERGELE ROAD, COLWYN BAY. Telephone 01492 532510.
ndoor meetings are held at Pensychnant Conservation Centre at 7.30pm. Hot drink and biscuits provided afterwards. Donation requested: £1 (members), £2 (non-members).
For further information please contact Kevin Smith – firstname.lastname@example.org
Valley Parade – Wildlife on the Lower Rio Grande Valley – Texas, the oil state of the USA but what of the wildlife. Neil will enlighten us.
Speaker/Leader: – Neil Glenn.
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. Goytre Sports & Social Club, Heol Drenewydd, Penperlleni, Pontypool NP4 0AR, UK.
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Scarce & Rare Birds Archive
Whilst COVID-19 brought birding outside gardens and short walks to a shuddering halt towards the end of the month, welcome harbingers of spring arrived despite the chaos amid the pandemic, with Sand Martins, Wheatears and Swallows whilst early spring vagrants included a Wryneck and a Hoopoe.