Somerset Birding News
The RSPB have a few sites needing counters for the WeBS 17/18 season. They are:
King Sedgemoor (West) (ST403330) - this is a large site and could really do with 2 surveyors working together.
East & West Wastes (ST476411)
North Moor (ST333305) – alongside the A361. A large site with tricky access.
If there is anyone who would like to do any of them, please contact BTO Somerset Levels & Moors Administrator Trish Harper at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01458 252805.
We are pleased to announce that the Society has made a donation of £1,000 towards the cost of setting up a webcam for the Taunton Peregrine Falcon Project.
This year, a pair of Peregrine falcons arrived at St Mary Magdalene Church in Taunton. Both birds were ringed, the female in Bath in 2015, and the male in Exeter in the same year. The birds appeared to establish a territory; it is hoped they will breed in 2018.
Somerset County Council has agreed to contribute £3,500, half-of the cost, leaving the Project to secure another £3,500. The Society has in recent years made it a policy to contribute to worthy bird-related projects in the County, e.g. the new hide at Shapwick Heath and bird food at Cary Moor, so our General Committee unanimously agreed to make a donation of £1,000, leaving the Project to find £2,500. Individuals can contribute - see https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/tauntonperegrinesproject.
The header photo shows Society Vice-President Brian Hill handing over our cheque to the Revd. Rod Corke, the Vicar of St. Mary's.
We will post further news of the Project as it develops.
The Avalon Marshes Landscape Partnership is trying to organise seven Breeding Bird Survey transects at Shapwick this year. If you are interested in taking on one or more transects, please contact Seb Mepham at the Avalon Marshes Centre through one of the following:
Visit: Avalon Marshes Centre, Shapwick Road, Westhay, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 9TT
Telephone: 01458 860556
Web Site: www.avalonmarshes.org
This is a good opportunity to carry out some valuable work in one of the County's birding hotspots!