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Thank you to the BTO and all our speakers for making our virtual conference a great success

The first (and, we hope, only) WOS Virtual Conference was a great success on Saturday 6th November. Thanks to splendid support from the BTO, there were no technical hitches and we were treated to a superb sequence of presentations covering wide-ranging aspects of birds and farmland in Wales

Iolo Williams presents the First Minister for Wales with a copy of The Birds of Wales

Summing up the meeting, First Minister for Wales, Mark Drakeford, said: “Having just returned from COP26 in Glasgow, where I heard first-hand how we need to act now to help protect nature and the Climate for generations to come. I welcome the advice and guidance on how many wildlife species are responding to Climate Change and land use factors. We are grateful to Iolo and the Welsh Ornithological Society for giving us a detailed insight about birds in Wales, it will greatly help us to do the best possible things for Wales’ Wildlife.”

WOS photo competition – deadline extended to make it a full 2021 competition.

You can find all the details of our new photo competition and the entry form by clicking here.

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Pembrokeshire Bird Group conference – enjoy another great day out via Zoom
Bardsey in October – last full month of the season
2020 Scarce and rare birds in Wales now published and available on this website to members only
Cuckoo update: Daniel possibly still in Chad and JAC has crossed into the Democratic Republic of Congo

Events for birdwatchers in Wales

Dec
18
Sat
Glamorgan Bird Club : Field Meeting – Monthly Walks at Kenfig.
Dec 18 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Monthly Walks (Kenfig NNR) – 2-3 – These take place on the third Saturday of each month. Note the non-running of the one due on Sat 21st April 2018 – see list below. Meet at the Reserve Centre at 9.00a.m. and run to 12:00 at the latest. Contact Strinda Davies for details or alternatively Dave Carrington (07790939743).

Jan
15
Sat
Glamorgan Bird Club : Field Meeting – Monthly Walks at Kenfig.
Jan 15 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Monthly Walks (Kenfig NNR) – 2-3 – These take place on the third Saturday of each month. Note the non-running of the one due on Sat 21st April 2018 – see list below. Meet at the Reserve Centre at 9.00a.m. and run to 12:00 at the latest. Contact Strinda Davies for details or alternatively Dave Carrington (07790939743).

Feb
19
Sat
Glamorgan Bird Club : Field Meeting – Monthly Walks at Kenfig.
Feb 19 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Monthly Walks (Kenfig NNR) – 2-3 – These take place on the third Saturday of each month. Note the non-running of the one due on Sat 21st April 2018 – see list below. Meet at the Reserve Centre at 9.00a.m. and run to 12:00 at the latest. Contact Strinda Davies for details or alternatively Dave Carrington (07790939743).

Feb
28
Mon
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/

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Scarce & Rare Birds Monthly Summaries

March 2021 – Wally the Walrus, winter visitors in summer plumage and harbingers of spring

It’s not often bird news in Wales is eclipsed by mammal news so we better mention the wandering Walrus which visited Pembrokeshire in the last week of the month, along with the lifting of travel restrictions, allowed many to connect with this magnificent species as it settled in Tenby. Splendid early records of some summer visitors: Manx Shearwaters, Sandwich Tern, Common Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Redstart and Pied Flycatchers.

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