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Our national conference for 2021 will be a virtual event held hosted by the BTO on Saturday 6th November on Farmland and Birds in Wales, which was the theme chosen for the cancelled 2020 conference. There’ll be a programme of presentations with the opportunity for questions and discussion, quizzes, the usual review from our President, Iolo Williams, and summaries of activity from the BTO and RSPB. The headline presentations will be by Ian Newton OBE (morning) and Gavin Siriwardena OBE (afternoon).
This paper – Crimes against raptors in Wales 1990‐2019 – will be published in the 2021 ‘Birds in Wales’ and is available to read now. From this edition onwards we shall be publishing the full text of one paper on the WOS website. Learn more about this paper and read it in full by clicking on this post.
Many WOS supporters have had a hand in this venture: those who sponsored species accounts in order to help WOS fund its publication, those who authored one or more of the 451 accounts, the photographers who donated some wonderful images, Philip Snow who has painted the cover artwork, and the editors who have spent the last two years managing the project. Any WOS member who has ever undertaken a survey or contributed a sighting to their county recorder has played their part too. But the real stars, of course, are the birds. Read more about it here.
Apart from breeding birds it was, as expected, a relatively quiet month ornithologically and the island was exposed to the extremes of 2021 weather, from a week of searing dry heat to the gales and rain of Storm Evert. On Wednesday 14th – one of the days of early fog clearing to hot sunshine – a Big Day count generated 62 bird species in twenty-four hours, which is about par for the course in July.