Lower Lakes in Somerset is offering a competition for a free bird watching holiday. You can see the details with the following link.


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 at Windmill Farm. Link to poster HERE

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:



Andy Pay
Warden, Windmill Farm N.R. (joint CWT/CBWPS reserve)



The stile on the footpath to the hides at Walmsley Sanctuary has been replaced with a gate by the County Council after representations from the CBWPS. This should help old and young alike but please respect the grazing animals and shut the gate behind you.


  A message from Paul St. Pierre of the RSPB


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 know.


Paul St Pierre
Conservation Officer for Cornwall & The Isles of Scilly
No.2 The Old Smelting House, Chyandour Coombe, Penzance TR18 3LP
Tel. 01736 362979
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is a registered charity: England and Wales no. 207076, Scotland no. SC037654.




   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.
2: Write / email your local paper or radio station - let them know you care.
3: Get your friends, family, work colleagues, everyone you know to do nos 1 and 2.

More information can be found on the RSPB press release here.

( If you have any problems with the links here they are:
Campaign page: http://www.rspb.org.uk/supporting/campaigns/campaignwithus/current/stepup.aspx
Find your MP http://findyourmp.parliament.uk/

RSPB Press release: http://www.rspb.org.uk/news/298476-rspb-shock-at-chancellors-attack-on-wildlife-rules- )

Paul St Pierre, Conservation Officer, RSPB, Manor Offices, Marazion, TR17 OEF
Tel: 01736 711952
Email: Paul.StPierre@rspb.org.uk


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.


Success for Cornish Bird Ringers

Mark Grantham writes,

The 2010 online ringing report has recently been released by the BTO, which includes a breakdown by county.

The national total topped 1 million birds for the first time ever, and the Cornish total of 7,231 is also possibly the highest ever. Cornwall ringed more Green Sandpipers than any other county, and was in the top five counties for Peregrine, Great Black-backed Gull, Yellow-browed Warbler and Firecrest.

The online report also lists plenty of interesting recoveries, and the most notable Cornish ones that haven’t been broadcast already include:
· Swedish-ringed Kestrel killed by a train in Saltash in October
· Robin ringed in Cumbria (in July) found dead in a building in Gwithian in December
· Finnish-ringed Redwing found long dead in Penzance in March
· Blackcap from Nanjizal found dead in France in May
· Firecrest ringed on Lundy (in September 2009) found long dead in December
· Swedish-ringed Chaffinch found dead in Bodmin in February
· Chaffinch ringed in Shrewsbury (in January) hit glass (but survived) near Townsend in October
· Greenfinch from Sennen found dead in Kent in March

 See also          http://blx1.bto.org/ring/countyrec/results2010/recGBCO2010.htm


As you all know Loveny Reserve is a CBWPS managed part of Colliford Lake, and is the at the northern end of the eastern finger of the reservoir. The access point is on the road from Jamaica Inn to Dozmary Pool at grid ref: SX 191754 through a locked metal gate and down a concrete track. The combination of the lock can be found on the members page. Please make sure you lock the gate when you have passed through it


If you want the password to the members area please mail webmaster@cbwps.org.uk  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  


For Sale page has been established  for members to advertise their unwanted Natural History related items as well as  items they are seeking. Try it Here




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):

secretary chairman vice-chairman treasurer conservation palores membership webmaster recorder