Eastern Glamorgan Bird Report – position to be vacant!

As announced in the October 2021 newsletter [page 8], after 24 years, John Wilson is standing down as editor of the report, having been working with an editorial team from 1997 to 2004, and being sole editor from 2005 onwards whilst supported by section writers, proof readers and so on. We desperately need someone to take on the editor role if we are to keep the report going in its present form. There’s also a need for more people who write up the individual species summaries – for example for the recent 2020 report there were 6 volunteers who wrote up 9 sections, whilst John himself wrote up 7. We have prepared some information detailing what it all involves, so if you think it’s something you could do or would like to do, please click the link below to see a pdf setting it all out.

One of the encouraging findings of an on-line survey we carried out was that many members were keen to volunteer in some way or another. We are setting up a volunteer register, with volunteering opportunities being highlighted. If you’d like to help out, you could add your name to our GBC Volunteer Email Group. If you’re interested, please send your email details to Alan Rosney (we will of course comply with the new GPDR legislation and only contact you on this matter). In the mean time we’re going to highlight some opportunities through the newsletter, website and social media outlets.

Here are some examples of what you might be able to do:

  • Are you willing to “buddy up” to help other bird watchers? This might involve offering lifts, helping beginners with ID etc. If the answer is “yes”, please get in touch with Alan Rosney.
  • Why not visit one of the National Willow Tit survey squares? See the information on the Willow Tit Survey website [click here].
  • We are always in need of extra pairs of hands at our indoor meetings – selling raffle tickets, making tea, eating biscuits 🙂 etc. Come along to the advertised venue, usually on the first Tuesday of the month at 7:45 p.m. (winter only – October through to April. The dates are posted on the club pro-gramme card or can be found on the club web site). Contact Paul Denning for details. {NB at the end of 2019 we cease to have access to the reserve centre building at Kenfig National Nature Reserve, where we have held indoor meetings for many years. We are currently looking for another, possibly permanent venue}.
  • Are you handy with a screwdriver, saw, hammer etc.? We sometimes have nestbox making sessions, especially during or around National Nestbox Week which is usually in February and it’s amazing how many can be made with several pairs of hands. Until recently we have always used the workshop at Kenfig NNR but of course this won’t be possible after the end of 2019 when Bridgend CBC’s lease on the site comes to an end.
  • We occasionally hold our own events such as Big Birding Day, or take part in other outdoor events, when we may need folk to man a stall, lead a walk or the like.

We have an expected Code of Conduct for volunteering activities.