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Thursday, 26 September 2013

The Breeding Birds of North Wales Adar Nythu Gogledd Cymru

Tuesday the 1st October will see the launch of the first tetrad level atlas of the Breeding Birds of North Wales. it's a great book with big pages, photos of birds and N Wales habitats, lots of maps and of course full colour. It weighs 5lb! At £20 (+ delivery) a great bargain, price goes up to £45 on October 2nd.
To order now, see or phone Janet McDermott 0151 794 2233 for credit card sales.

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

BTO/NWWT/Plantlife Garden Wildlife Conference

A one-day conference on garden wildlife
Sat 9th Nov 2013 09:30 - 16:30
Brambell Building, University of Bangor
Deiniol Road
Bangor LL57 2UW
United Kingdom
Tickets for this event cost £12 per person, including lunch and refreshments, and are available from the BTO Garden Ecology Team on a first-come, first-served basis

0930 Doors open
1000 Welcome and introduction.
1010 Mike Toms (BTO) – Gardens: good for wildlife?
1040 Iwan Edwards (NWWT) – Living Churchyards - Burial Sites brimming with life!
1110 Tea/coffee
1140 Clare Simm (BTO) – Reptiles and amphibians in gardens.
1210 Anna Williams (NWWT) – The Wildlife Gardening Partnership.
1240 Lunch with tea /coffee
1345 Dr Trevor Dines (Plantlife) – Grow wild to know wild.
1415 Dr Richard Birch (Capita Symonds) – Going the extra mile.
1500 Tea/coffee
1530 Geoff Gibbs/ Kelvin Jones (BTO) – Beyond the garden gate.
1600 Questions and close.

PARKING: We will arrange for a number of spaces next to the venue for those with access difficulties. There are a number of public car parks within 250 yards of the venue.
Booking contact details: 
 Garden Ecology Team 01842-750050

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Welsh Raptor Monitoring Project

On Saturday 31st August  43 persons from across the raptor spectrum in Wales gathered at Newtown,  Powys to discuss the formation of a Welsh Raptor Monitoring Scheme. Assembled were members from the Welsh raptor groups,  Barn owl groups, Peregrine groups, Osprey groups, and the Welsh Kite Trust, together with various non-governmental organisations, the BTO and RSPB and the Wildlife Trusts.

BTO Scotland’s Dr. Chris Wernham gave a very informative presentation on how the scheme works in Scotland, and how we could build on the consensus of those present, and progress with our own scheme. The establishment of such a scheme will allow the individual projects, and the various groups to maintain their identities under a common banner, whilst allowing the collation of data gathered to be used for conservation purposes, and the speedy production of an annual report.

The proposed 2014 National peregrine Survey was discussed and it became obvious that since the last survey in 2003 that there have been some significant and very interesting changes in the distribution of Welsh Peregrines.

Following a rather unpopular name change which we will not mention, the Wales Raptor Study Group has reverted to it’s original title. With all the new developments the existing Chair decided that it was time for a new broom and Ian Spence the former coordinator of the North East Wales Raptor Study Group has agreed to take on the role.

The next meeting will be held at the beginning of 2014, and again is open to all raptor workers in Wales.     Dr Dave Leach of the BTO's nest recording unit has agreed to come and speak.  If you would like to become involved and are not on the current mailing list please contact Kelvin Jones at BTO Cymru who is the acting secretary.