Not as gripping as an Isabelline Wheatear I know but ....
Many of you will know that access to Lisvane [and Llanishen] reservoirs is being stopped this winter. This is to allow the surroundings and banks of the reservoirs to recover from the severe wear and tear they have suffered due to, in the main, the volume of pedestrian and canine traffic they have experienced in recent years. This has been agreed between Western Power and CCW and is to make sure the habitat of the rare waxcap fungii that were discovered at both reservoirs, have a period of time to recover. The presence of these is the reason why the sites have been designated as an SSSI. Lisvane Res is also an SSSI due to it's over-wintering wildfowl, and CCW were concerned that the sheer volume of people & dog traffic around the res [including some dog owners throwing sticks for their dogs to retrieve from the water] was disturbing the wintering wildfowl.. GBC, the East Glam recorder and the WeBS counter have negotiated agreement that the WeBS counts and monitoring of the over-wintering wildfowl at this important city site can continue by the relevant persons having limited access. Although dog owners are still doing so, we would therefore ask birders to refrain from accessing the reservoirs through holes in the fence in order not to jeopardise this important agreement. At present this is happening at Llanishen. We know this will be frustrating but it is important that the continuing official monitoring of the site should continue.
Regarding Llanishen the situation as regards complete closure or not is unclear i.e. as to whether it applies there as well as Lisvane. As has been pointed out on the Glam Birds sightings pages there is an official viewing platform at Lisvane.
Also in ref to the fact that a lot of dog walkers are still accessing Llanishen, whilst that is true they can cntinue to do that and run the risk of being banned. What we are trying to say is that if birders cintinue to do so willy nilly then it will not help our case. It is worth pointing out that as regards the bird recording aspects are concerned we are corresponding via Western Power's lawyers, so this is not trivial stuff.
John Wilson - pp GBC, GRC and BTO WeBS.