February 2019 News

CWT Breney Common Nature Reserve – Work Party: Sunday 17th February, 10am – 3pm. A day of Practical Conservation Work: come along and help remove some of the Gorse, Willow and overgrown shrubs to open up areas for our rare Marsh Fritillary butterflies (this is a major site for these wetland butterflies so we are working hard to protect and encourage them to breed in new areas)

Please see the Calendar for more details, or email [email protected]

Walmsley Sanctury: Just a “heads up” that we have Educational Access student groups using the tower hide on the following date…. Tues 5th 10:00 – 13:00, Wed 13th Feb 2 groups all day, Thurs 14th Feb 12:00-16:00.
They are all different age groups from different parts of the county and we do benefit very well financially with this grant scheme.
Odd that these all came close to each other but it doesn’t mean members can’t use the hide … just be prepared that it may not be the normal peaceful sanctuary you expect!

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.

Optics for Liberia: Fraser Bell will be going out to Liberia to work with the local birdlife in-country counterpart ‘Society Conservation of Nature in Liberia’ later in January. Local ornithologists are using the worst equipment imaginable, but still managing to do some great conservation work in an area in which it is sorely needed! The majority don’t even have working binoculars. Please see this page to read more or if you have any old/unused optics you can donate.

BTO Colour-ringed Blackcaps: Please look out for colour-ringed Blackcaps again this winter; fresh birds are still being ringed around the country and some birds from last winter have already been re-found in Cornwall. News from last year and more on the project can be found on the 2017/18 Blackcap page on the website, with updates to follow. Robbie is also hoping to organise a wider Blackcap survey in Cornwall later next month, so do look out for that too.

Chough Volunteers: The National Trust in West Cornwall are looking for Chough nest protection volunteers to watch Cornish Choughs in their natural environment, helping to protect their nest from disturbance; giving these charismatic birds a helping hand to re-establish here in Cornwall. This role also involves talking to the public using the coast path about the work we are doing to protect choughs and how they can help to reduce disturbance. We are looking for volunteers from April to July and can be as little as once every 2 weeks. Training will be provided and access to your own transport to and from site is required. If you’d like to get involve please contact Kate on 01736 761015 or email [email protected].uk

Common Crane - Paul Ash

Cornwall Birds CBWPS ’12 Birds of Christmas: the winner is Paul Ash’s Common Crane. See the Final Voting page for second and third places.

January 2019 News: Please see the News section for updates and expanded versions of all news snippets from this ‘Recent Sightings’ header section – updated 16th Jan