Indoor meeting – Goshawks by Steve Watson

Just a quick reminder that there’s an indoor meeting tomorrow [Tues 3rd] at Kenfig Reserve centre starting 7:45 p.m. when Steve Watson of the Gloucester Raptor Group will be giving a talk on Goshawks. Those who came to his previous talk on Peregrine will know that it shd be very interesting. This is the last talk of this year and indeed the last that will be held at Kenfig. PS there will be mince pies!

Web site changes

Folk will have noticed no doubt that the website has changed. Following some changes in the committee of the Gower Ornithological Society, with whom we have been partners on this website and the preceding one for a good number of years, it was decided that they, GOS, would like to set up a bespoke website of their own, which they have now done, in partnership with the Gower Ringing Group. Both ourselves and GOS feel that this is a positive step, especially for new members of either club who now have the relevant information immediately to hand, without the need to negotiate to the correct set of menus and /or web pages on a shared site. We wish GOS all success with their new site and hope that GBC members will continue to use ours. Please use the Sightings pages as well as social media for bird news, so that all members see what’s about. Here’s a link to the new GOS site:

Upcoming field trip to Slimbridge and indoor meeting

The next event is a field trip to WWT Slimbridge. It’s on Sunday 1st Dec. Sundays are a popular day and we like to try & get there when they open which is at 09:30. This will require departure from Cardiff at 08:20. To car share, meet at St Margaret’s Rd, Whitchurch in time for an 08:20 departure and please let John Wilson know if you are coming and whether you will meet there or at Slimbridge itself. A map of St Margaret’s Rd is on the web site: There are entrance fees for non-WWT members:Adult £14.80 with gift aid, £13.45 without. Concession – 65+ disabled etc, £12.60 or £11.45. You can save 10% by buying entrance tickets online via their web site. Click here for the relevant page.

Following that, on Tues 3rd Dec, we have an indoor meeting at Kenfig NNR centre, when Steve Watson of the Gloucester Raptor group will be giving a talk on Goshawks. Starts at 7:45 p.m. Steve didn’t have time in his talk last year, to tell us about this aspect of his work.

Field trip to Garwnant

Apologies for the lateness of this but I have been away since Friday and had a hectic week last week. There’s a field trip to Garwnant on Wednesday [13th] and the plan is to meet in the car park there at around 10 a.m. Garwnant is the forestry centre at the northern end of Llwyn-on Reservoir, off the A470. There’s a brown sign where the turning is.

2 Upcoming GBC events

First on Sun 3rd Nov there’s a field trip to South Gower. I’m planning on visiting Oxwich Bay, Port Eynon and time permitting, Mewslade and Rhossili. I am posting this now as I am away fromSat 26th Oct for a week in North Wales and won’t be back until the day before the trip. Hence I’m not planning on a very early start after driving all the way back from Dogellau the previous day. I suggest meeting at the Oxwich Bay car park at 10:30. High tide is around that time. Also I’m not planning on meeting anyone at St Margaret’s Road, although I realise that car sharing is to be encouraged, but it’s in the opposite direction to which I’ll be travelling. Please let me know if you’ll be coming. We will have no WiFi in the cottage we stay in but I am happy to receive a text or Whatsapp message, and at some point I shd be able to check emails in a cafe we know in Dolgellau. I do not do much internet on my phone as I only have a small data allowance [by choice]. John Wilson

Second, on Tues 5th Nov is the second of our winter series of indoor meetings when David Carrington, the long-standing warden at KNNR, will be giving us a talk entitled “about KNNR” – an insight into the running and management of the reserve and what treasures it holds. The timing is particularly apposite given the current state of flux regarding the future of the reserve although it appears that the Kenfig Corporation Trust are in the final discussions with NRW about the latter taking over the overall management from Bridgend CBC when the current lease ends at the end of December. Indoor meetings start at 7:45 p.m. at the KNNR centre.

East Glam Bird Report 2018

In case anyone is wondering, the 2018 East Glam Bird Report is being proof read at the moment. All content is now complete so it’s a matter of me putting together the complete pdf with colour pages, to send to the printer, once I have had the proof read text back and made any necessary adjustments. It’s all getting a bit tight for getting it out and in the post, but it is a big job, and I’m very grateful to everyone who has helped in its production.

GBC films with Weatherman walking

A little while ago we were approached by the team who film Derek Brockway in his ‘Weatherman Walking’ series, which they are in the process of filming for a second series to be shown sometime in 2020. He was in the process of covering the Heritage Coast and they thought it would be good for him to meet some local birdwatchers, particularly with the interest of the resident Choughs. So six of the GBC committee them at Cwm Nash and some filming was done on the path at the top of the west cliffs. We were very fortunate in that we were entertained by three Choughs flying back and forth whilst we were there.

L>R: John Wilson, Anne Wilson, Derek, Strinda Davies, Rhos Williams, Jean Haslam

Two upcoming events

Just a reminder that the first indoor meeting of this ‘winter’ is tomorrow evening at KNNR reserve centre starting at 7:45. Steve Roberts, an expert on the subject, will be giving a talk on Honey Buzzards.

Another upcoming event – there’s a field trip to Steart Marshes reserve near Bridgwater on Sunday 6th Oct. High tide at around 12:40. We shd see lots of waders either on the reserve or by the nearby shore. Leave Cardiff at around 8 shd get us there at 9:40 or thereabouts. Good to get a rising tide as the tide comes in very quickly there. Google Maps will find WWT Steart Marshes for you – the car park is in Stert Drove [that’s not a spelling mistake]. Let me know in advance if you want picking up at St Margaret’s Road.

A request from Gower OS

Colour marked Curlew

WWT has been running a captive breeding project and have colour marked 50 captive bred CURLEW with a yellow colour ring on one tibia and a white one on the other.  Please report any sightings to GOS secretary Jeremy Douglas-Jones on this email address [] throughout the coming winter and he will make sure the data gets back to people who are running this project.  Please include in your report date, time and place of sighting:  photos would be an added bonus, but might be asking too much.

Safari browser problems

This site does not seem to work properly on Safari which is the default browser for Mac users. Even if you are logged in to WordPress the bar at the top of the screen which has the ‘Write’ button on the right and ‘My sites’ on the left, does not display. This seems to be a general problem. Google Chrome and Firefox are OK. I assume Internet Explorer is, although I don’t have it as I’m Mac only. John Wilson

Upcoming event – Portland Obs

There are 6 spaces on this trip, all in 3 or 4 bunk rooms. Please let me, John Wilson, know if you want to come. At the moment I’m thinking about leaving Cardiff at around 7:30 – I need to get out of Penarth sharpish before the morning queue. So if anyone wants a lift then meet up at St Margaret’s Rd at 7:30 but please let me know. If no-one’s doing that I’ll leave straight from Penarth. If you’ve not been before full details are HERE. It’s £22 per night for non-PBO members.

Web site address

Just a heads up that in the next couple of days I will be changing the site address so that it uses the address that currently takes you to the ‘old’ website. This may mean that the site will be down for a while, so apologies for any inconvenience – it can be a slightly complex process involving changing settings in WordPress and on the ‘Control Panel’ of 123-Reg where our domains are held.



IMPORTANT NOTICE: The first AGM of Glamorgan Bird Club CIO is scheduled for Tuesday 17th September at KNNR reserve centre starting at 7:45 p.m. I am posting this early as I am away for a week starting tomorrow [Sat 7th]. Please come along and support your club. There will be refreshments and a quiz afterwards.

Cancelled trip Weds 11th Sep

NB Just a heads up. I have decided to cancel this trip. I am away all week and there’s no deputy available. If some club members wish to contact each other and arrange to go, that’s fine but it will have to be considered as a private trip out and not a GBC trip. Sorry to disappoint. John Wilson

New Web Site

OK I have now imported all the stuff from the test site and created the top menu. Most of that works but there are some items that I/we would like to rearrange and there are some that still need a bit of work, but the Sightings page still works as before, and there are a couple of pages that still need creating, and other stuff that needs to be added in so please be patient.

The old web site on Weebly will be kept live until everything here is finished. Once that’s done, the domain name will be redirected to this site and the old one will be taken down.

John Wilson