Sunday, 4 December 2016

Swift boxes in Penarth

Dave & Margaret Knight from Penarth, contacted us in November. As they had scaffolding up, they wondered whether we could supply Swift boxes. Unfortunately the wall that the boxes were to go on is south-facing. (Although Dick Newell, at the recent SLN meeting, indicated that south-facing is OK, as long as the boxes are thick walled and painted white). I delivered a couple of boxes to them and they are now up. This is an area where Swifts occur, so fingers crossed.

Sunday, 13 November 2016

A book about Dotterel

Valleys birder Colin Richards, who regularly does fieldwork in the Scottish highlands concerned with Dotterel, has just published a second photographic book about the species, this one is about 3 months fieldwork he did during the summer of 2015, as a research assistant for the RSPB. The book is called "Mossfool Memories - a Dotterel Summer in the Scottish Highlands". Info and some images below:



Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Pair of binoculars for sale

Hawke Nature-Trek 12x50 Binoculars

Roof Prism

Water Proof

fog proof lenses

Case

Neck strap

£90

Contact details: mattjbinding@gmail.com

Monday, 4 April 2016

GBC AGM Tues 26th Apr

Don't forget the GBC AGM is on Tues 26th April at KNNR, 7:45 p.m. There will be a quiz and refreshments afterwards. Do come along and support your Club.

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Important notice

Could all GBC members, or any other interested parties, please note that there is an important notice on the web site home page re the proposed expansion of opencast mining at Nant Llesg/Rhaslas Pond near Merthyr. If you go to our home page it's under News Flashes and there is a link to an objection form which we would encourage as many as poss to complete and send off. The deadline for objections is within the next week. If you can print, complete and scan it then it can be emailed to wales@pins.gsi.gov.uk , and either way shd be for the attention of Mr. Gareth Harvey. There's also a Word version to download and fill in then re-save to email, if you haven't got a scanner for the pdf.

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Bird Report 2014

East Glam Bird Report 2014 update. I have just heard from the printer and the glue binding is in progress. Expected back at the printers poss tomorrow so there's an outside chance we might get it posted b4 Christmas although obviously no telling when it might arrive. John Wilson

Stop press - delivered 251 reports to my local PO this morning so they will be going out as soon as he has printed off an applied the 251 postage labels. Thank you for your patience - it's been a long haul this year.
Stop stop press: People seem to be receiving their 2014 Bird Reports in the post now so it is timely for me to highlight and apologise for a couple of errors. In the photos opposite p.8 the middle image of 2 Black-throated Divers was actually taken by Hayden Lack, and not Paul Denning. The original caption was correct in the mock-ups sent to the printer and I missed spotting the mistake in the proof so a public apology from me to Hayden. Also re Hooded Crow, p.44. This bird was only seen on 30th Apr and was actually found by Dean Bolt, and not Graham Roblin. Graham photographed the bird later on 30th but the date in his records that we received was erroneous [29th not 30th]. Again this one slipped through the net and should have been spotted. Both Hayden and Dean have been contacted and apologised to personally. Also the re photos opposite p.62 - I believe the Long-tailed Duck was in fact the one at The Knap - Barry, and not Porthkerry.

Monday, 30 November 2015

Indoor meeting Tues 1st Dec

On Tues 1st [i.e. tomorrow as I write] there's an indoor meeting at KNNR 7:45 p.m. when Richard Smith will be giving an illustrated talk on the nature reserves of Central India - Tadoba, Pench, Kanha and Satpura. Shd be very interesting. Don't let the weather put you off!

Monday, 28 September 2015

First indoor meeting of 2015

A reminder. In case you haven't checked your programme card recently or the web site, the first indoor meeting of this year takes place  on TUES 6TH OCT. I will be giving a presentation on a trip some of us did to Sri Lanka in March last year. It's nearly finished and although I say it myself, it'll be a cracking show!  KNNR 7:45 prompt so we don't run on too late.

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

EGBR 2014

.....  the saga continues and I struggle on. More spp done today and I've just had a count up - only 39 more species to summarise!!!! omg. Richard Smith has chosen all the photos and sent them to me so thanks Richard. Ringing reports next to chase up. We're away for 11 days to the end of this month and we go to Canada for 2 weeks at the beginning of Sept, so not a lot is going to be done I'm afraid.