Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Bird Report 2013

At last! I am picking up the 2013 East Glam Bird Reports from the printer later this afternoon. The 250-odd to stuff into envelopes and get posted.  Please bear with us.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Indoor meeting

There's a GBC indoor meeting tonight at 7:45 Kenfig Reserve Centre. Cate Barrow is giving a talk on birding in Finland. Do come along.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

2013 East Glam Bird Report

I'm pleased [and relieved] to announce that I took the files for the 2013 Bird Report to the printer this morning. It may well be printed and ready before the end of this month, but I am away for the last week, so may not be able to get it enveloped and stamped for posting until the beginning of Nov. Can't believe this is the 14th report for me as editor! How time flies.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Llanishen Res

Two views of Llanishen Reservoir, one showing the southern end with the lagoon and willow scrub surround. The other showing the northern end, which borders Lisvane Reservoir, which has dryer low scrubby areas. The water level in the lagoon has risen to over 2m in depth and has encouraged a few species to bred successfully this year: Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Coot & Tufted Duck. Maintenance has been recently been carried out on the stone banks clearing willow & ash scrub and mowing the grass banks.
What is to become of this site is still really unclear and will certainly involve a lot of politics. The current consensus states that for the reservoir to be filled to the level of 2009, could take 7 to 10 years, depending on the state of the clay lining. If the lining has been damaged due to the draining and drying out, then it's anyone's guess. 
The Reservoir monitoring group would like to thank NRW & Celsa, the owners, for their continued support in letting local birdwatchers have access to maintain the important recording of all avifauna on both Lisvane & Llanishen reservoirs.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Dave Glanville R.I.P.

Message from GBC member David Rich:
"Sad to report that Dave Glanville has passed away. He lived in Cardiff for a number of years before moving to Pembs.
I had the privilege of knowing Dave and birded with him when he was in Cardiff and after he moved to Pembs. The last couple of trips were to see the Pacific Loon in Pembs and the Long-billed Dowitcher
at Kidwelly. He was a lovely chap, full of humour and an excellent and enthusiastic birder. Will be sadly missed."

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Petition to protect the bird habitats of the Exe estuary

Many club members will be familiar with Exminster Marsh and nearby areas of the Exe estuary. The area is threatened by over-development, as has been confirmed to me by local residents.

You might like to sign  this petition about one such development at Teignmouth.



Tuesday, 1 April 2014

New hide & scrapes at Parc Slip

After the GBC field trip on Thursday last [27th Mar] we headed over to Parc Slip to meet Rob Parry the warden, and to take a look at the new hide and scrapes, both out of interest, and because the Club is sponsoring a couple of the scrapes [£1000 each one] to help pay for the new hide. The hide is a really swish job and was designed and built by ET & S Construction Ltd of Maesteg, of which club member Jeff Slocombe is a director, and who provided some valuable in-the-know input into its design. The assembled members all agreed that an excellent job had been done. Here's a couple of my phone pix of the hide & the scrapes as seen looking out from it, and also pic by Rob of the invading field trippers. The hide is to be named the Mary Gillham hide in memory of Dr Mary Gillham who dedicated her life to the understanding and enjoyment of wildlife, esp. in our area, and published many books.
John Wilson

 GBC are sponsoring the scrape immediately in front in this view, and the one slightly away and to the right.

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Let's ban expanded polystyrene fast food and drinks packaging in Wales

This stuff is a direct threat to the environment, as I'm sure most readers of this blog will know. Tiny bits of plastic, including from this source are  polluting every water body on the planet, and being ingetsed by all marine and freshwater animals and any birds that feed on them.

It's completely unnecessary, there are alternatives available - like cardboard, bio-degradable starches and so on.

'Friends of Barry Beaches' have a petition on the National Assembly's web site: You do NOT have to live in Wales to sign it.

Please sign and pass on the word to friends via email and social media.



Sunday, 16 February 2014

Nest boxes

As part of National Nest Box Week, GBC had a nest box making session this morning using timber kindly donated by Topstak Chimneys & Fireplaces of Cowbridge . Myself, Alan Rosney, Wayne Morris, Marlay John, and Daniel & Gethin Jenkins-Jones manned the workshop at KNNR and here's just a few of the 20 or so we made. These will be put to good use at locations yet to be decided.

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Feb indoor meeting.

INDOOR MEETING TUES 4TH FEB - A video/stills presentation on a trip to Myanmar/Burma last Feb, by John Wilson. 07:45 p.m. KNNR.

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Indoor meeting

The first indoor meeting of the year is tonight. 'Members Own' at KNNR 07:45 p.m. Do come along.

Wednesday, 1 January 2014


It's new year so happy new year everyone. Before you get too involved with this year's birding please take time [e.g. during inclement days] to get all our records for 2013 sorted and sent in to me please. Ta.