This competition has not been endorsed by the Society, we are just bringing it to your attention. Be aware that if you enter your name will be on their database and you may receive promotional material.
A bioblitz has been arranged at Windmill Farm Nature Reserve on the Lizard over the weekend of 28th/29th July. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, a bioblitz involves finding and identifying as many species as possible. We have invited local (and not so local) experts in various fields and hope they will help us to really build on the reserve's species list.
There will be moth-trapping, small mammal trapping, pond-dipping, birding, invertebrate hunting, botanising, hopefully bat-detecting and much more. The information centre on site will be used as a laboratory (and tearoom).
The Lizard is pretty special when it comes to hosting rare examples of all sorts of things and there are sure to be some goodies on the farm that haven't yet been discovered (as well as lots that have!).
Everybody is invited and for those who want to make a weekend of it, there is a campsite just down the lane.
A couple of useful links:
I am looking for some photo’s (high res images if possible) of the
following species (winter plumage if possible and at sea):
Gannet (ad and imm), Shag (ad and imm), Cormorant (ad and imm),
Guillemot, Razorbill, Great northern diver, Black throated diver, Red
throated diver, Sooty shearwater, Common scoter, Manx shearwater,
Balearic shearwater, Black necked grebe, Red necked grebe, Little auk,
Puffin, Slavonian grebe, Eider(m & f).
They will be used to produce a poster to help educate fishermen about
seabirds in the St Ives Bay area and hopefully reduce the potential for
bycatch. Unfortunately, I have no money to pay for them but you would be
fully acknowledged for any used.
If you know of anyone else who may be able to help please let me
Do this, or the Otter gets it? - will you Step up for Nature this Christmas?
The Chancellor, George Osborne, has launched an
unprecedented attack on the environment in his Autumn Statement which
was perhaps the most environmentally hostile for a generation. Put
plainly, he thinks the environment is a barrier to economic growth and
jobs: “we will make sure that gold plating of EU rules on things like
Habitats aren’t placing ridiculous costs on British businesses”.
Examples wheeled out for Cornwall in his speech failed to mention that
studies found less damaging but financially viable options were
available, local sustainable industries would be damaged and the public
money required would have been better spent elsewhere if you wanted to
create jobs for Cornwall.
The Habitats Regulations are one of our most
important pieces of wildlife legislation. They protect 220 habitats, a
thousand species (including, yes, otters), and many of the most special
places we all love and value - from the chalk of Salisbury Plain, the
heaths of Purbeck, East Devon and the Lizard, the uplands of Dartmoor,
Exmoor, and Bodmin, the waterbird spectacles of the Tamar, Exe, Severn
and Poole Harbour, to the seabirds on the Isles of Scilly. The weakening
of environmental legislation will only make those special places poorer
for wildlife, affecting the quality of your life.
So will you Step up for Nature this Christmas?
Here are 3 things you can do now:
1: Write to your MP - read our campaign page to
see what to say, and find your MP here.
More information can be found on the RSPB press
( If you have any problems with the links here
A New Logo for the Society
This is our new logo. It is – we hope you will agree – a modern, fresh, clean look for the Society. It shows our iconic and unmistakeable bird, the Chough, against a blue Cornish sky and replaces an older, black and white version of the bird. Designed by a Cornwall-based graphic artist, the new logo will be used from today on this website, our quarterly newsletter Palores and a host of other things from membership cards to signage at our reserves, publicity material to car stickers.
Mark Grantham writes,
The 2010 online ringing report has
recently been released by the BTO, which includes a breakdown by county.
If you want the password to the members area please mail firstname.lastname@example.org giving your full name. Your name will be checked against the members list and the password mailed back to you. Entry to this area is through one of the buttons on the banner at the top of the page. 20/07/09
Why not try the CBWPS Forum? This is the place for members to share bird sightings and other relevant information. You will also find more photographs and files relating to the society's activities. Guidelines and access are to be found on the Forum Page or through the Forum button on the Banner heading. You will need to be a member of the forum group for access to some areas. Start by finding the 'Join this Group' button when you have entered the Forum
Field Meetings - Volunteers needed
We run regular field meetings, often in conjunction with the RSPB Cornwall Group. We are looking for a few extra volunteers to lead an occasional meeting in their area. You don't need to be an expert, just reasonably competent at identifying common birds. If you would like to help, please e-mail here.
Contacts (click to e-mail):