With 160 entries, including photos of 80 species and a broad mixture of commoner passerines, seabirds and raptors, the competition was a delight to judge and our four judges initially shortlisted 40 pictures across the three categories. Eventually, WOS President Iolo Williams selected Jonathan Bull’s magical portrait of a Tawny Owl family as the winner of the main section, but the show was stolen by Lewi Burgess’s magnificent photo of a Common Tern resurfacing – clearly a young photographer with great promise. He wins a week on Bardsey for his picture. See the full details by clicking here.
There’s a lot to come from WOS in the next few months. The all-Wales Rook survey will be an important part of the first four months of the year – there are now dedicated posts for this, with links to all you need to know, plus regular updates. The winter e-newsletter has been sent to all members and the results and award winners of the 2021 photo competition will be announced towards the end of this month.
Tony Cross has been awarded the Jubilee Medal by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) in recognition of the scientific research he has carried out on some of Wale’s most iconic birds and for his devotion to the Trust – this recognition follows on his equally well deserved WOS Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019. The Jubilee Medal is awarded by the BTO to individuals who have shown outstanding and committed devotion to the Trust.
The status of UK bird populations continues to decline. Since the last review in 2015, the golden oriole has been lost as a breeding species. In addition, the length of the Red list has grown by three; 11 species have been added, but six have moved to Amber and two are now no longer assessed as they have either ceased breeding in the UK or were excluded from the process for other reasons. The length of the Amber list has also grown by seven species.