April 2019 News

CCAF: Recruitment of new members to the Cornwall Countryside Access Forum (CCAF) is currently underway. This aims to represent all interested parties in the County in areas such as Tourism, Environment and Access. It would be especially good for the general birding and wildlife community to be represented on the forum.

If anyone is interested in applying, full details and an application form are available via the Council’s website. The following links to the relevant page: Cornwall Countryside Access Forum (CCAF) – Recruitment 2019

Cornish Choughs: The Society is now maintaining the dedicated chough sightings database for Cornwall, adding to the many thousands of records received from birders and members of the public since 2001.  Responsibility for the database (formerly coordinated and maintained by the RSPB), passed to us in April 2019.

Please send your sightings to [email protected] including, date, place, 6 fig gird ref if possible, and notes on any colour rings observed. Photos are always welcome too.

National Urban Gull Survey: 23rd April – 7th May

As the final part of the National Seabirds Count Survey, fieldwork in 2019 will focus on a survey of urban-nesting gulls. It’s impossible to completely count every breeding bird in such a difficult environment, so the survey will focus on key squares surveyed in previous years, with additional allocated sites in likely areas. If you can help please see the survey page Here

Dead Otters: Please can anyone spotting dead otters on the road report them to the Environment Agency, as they collect them and have them post mortemed. Contact Jess Thomasson on [email protected]

Pied Crow: Wild or Escape? A link to an earlier discussion about the provenance of the Pied Crow from BirdGuides.

Channel Wagtail: A link to a BirdGuides article on the complexity of Yellow Wagtail plumages.

County Listing 2019: for all doing anything of a county list this year: Yearlisting 2019 – now live whether it’s a Patch, Green, casual or full-blown County List.

The Cornwall County List 2019 can be found here (currently 186 species as of 17/02)

Membership Subscriptions: As per the latest Palores there will be a slight membership rate rise in the New Year. This is in keeping with rising costs and yet still represents great value for money. It should be noted that there is no need to physically post either form – members can amend their own Standing Orders (SO) online with their bank (or in branch), and Gift Aid Declarations do not require a signature – hence a scan of the form or information therein (name and address) can be forwarded on to the Membership Secretary by email.

Taking out a digital Palores (emailed pdf version) in your membership will also save the society a substantial sum which can be put towards other society aims. And for those on lower membership rates, it is of course perfectly acceptable to pay the slightly higher full adult rate if you wish!