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Our friends over the border in Devon are planning to publish the Devon Bird Atlas 2007-13 in January. It will be available at a discount price of £30 (plus £6.99 p & p) until 31st December 2015. It is the second published Atlas of breeding – and for the first time, wintering – birds in Devon. Accounts cover 480 species and subspecies. A flyer will be enclosed with the Somerset Bird Report mailing in November. It will also be possible to order online at www.devonbirds.org/shop.

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After 2 years of meetings, a Memorandum of Understanding is being drawn up between SERC and the SOS to ensure that there is an exchange of bird data and information between the two organisations.

This is principally to ensure that bird data previously from outside the Society is included in our annual report and that environmental planning takes into account the diversity and distribution of bird life in Somerset. Rarities and confidentiality are a key consideration in the agreement.

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It has all gone rather quiet after the political declarations of green credentials pre-election but we still have relatively little news about the state of progress with the Tidal Lagoons in the Severn Estuary and particularly Bridgwater Bay. Any development will have a direct and significant effect on our bird life and we must all stay alert to opportunities to contribute to the discussion.

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The lifeblood of birding and other wildlife organisations is sustained by a regular supply of young people with an interest in nature. Both Avalon and Carymoor are leading organisations in helping to awaken and nurture that interest and it is a concern that both establishments have had to revisit their ideas for redevelopment funding with Viridor Credits. Viridor have, in the past, been champions of green issues such as these and so we will be watching closely how the respective ‘second rounds’ progress.

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