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Somerset Birding News

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The main path at Ham Wall will be closed again for three weeks in January.
An alternative footpath will be available. For more information, click here.

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We are delighted to announce the launch of our new website.
Its features include:

  • News from around the county and beyond;
  • Events, which can be sorted by organiser or type;
  • Information on the Society's publications (including The Bittern);
  • Ringing information (including news and recoveries);
  • A detailed section on recording birds, including, a facility for sending records direct to the Recorder and an updated county list;
  • An expanded section on County birding sites, which is still a work in progress (so keep visiting for additions);
  • A photo gallery; and
  • A Forum section that covers not only bird sightings but also ringing news and general discussion. A post in the Forum Guidelines gives information on Forum registration and use.

We will be able to update the site easily and quickly and are confident it will become an excellent source of information for birding in Somerset. The website is responsive and will adapt according to whether it is read on a PC, laptop, tablet or phone.
We welcome any contributions to the website, whether information or photos.
We must thank our web designers, Make Hay, who have produced a website which, in technology terms, moves the Society into the 21st century.

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Denise Wawman has managed to obtain approval to ring waders off Steart. To date the weather has beaten all attempts to get out there but the wind has to reduce at some point.  Managing to combine tides, weather, availability and sheer good luck is the stuff of this activity and we hope to bring better news in the not too distant future.

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There are two BTO surveys for this winter season, one for shorebirds, the other for Goldfinches. Eve Tigwell has mailled everyone on her BTO list.

For further information, visit our Surveys page.

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