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Somerset Birding News

The Society and BTO are carrying out a joint survey of Rookeries in the county between 1st March and 30th April.

Somerset is a well-wooded county with plenty of livestock farms, suggesting that Rooks should be a relatively common farmland bird in the county. During the Somerset Atlas of breeding and wintering birds 2007 – 2012, confirmed breeding records of Rooks were received from 53% of tetrads in the County.  However, since then records of rookeries reported in Somerset Birds are very few and far between. Are we failing to record most of our Rookeries, or have they simply vanished from the County?  We need to check, so here is the BTO Somerset & SOS Rookery Survey! 

For further details, go to https://somersetbirding.org.uk/surveys

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The Avalon Marshes New Colonists Monitoring Group has published its 2021 report, which covers Great Egret, Cattle Egret, Little Bittern, Purple Heron and Night Heron. The data gathered over the last few years has also contributed towards a more detailed study of the colonisation of the Great White Egret, provisionally scheduled for publication in the May issue of British Birds. 

To see the report, click here.

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The Society's 2021 Annual General Meeting will again be held virtually, on Saturday 27th November 2021 at 2.00 p.m.

AGM papers listed below can be accessed by clicking on the appropriate link.

Agenda

Minutes of 2020 AGM

Financial Statement

Officers for Election

After the AGM, our President, Stephen Moss, will give an illustrated talk entitled "Bird Britannia - What have birds ever done for us?"

Members wishing to attend the AGM, to be held on Zoom, should send an email to sos.agm@somersetbirding.org.uk by Friday 26th November.

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The Bittern, our newsletter, is shortly to be re-launched in electronic format. 

The forthcoming issue will have articles on such subjects as colour-ringed Great White Egrets, firsts for Somerset and where to watch birds in the Forest of Dean.

If you are a Member and wish to read it,  we will need your email address. If you haven't already provided it, please send a request to be added to the circulation list to sos.emails@somersetbirding.org.uk

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The Society launched its new programme in January, when Rob Grimmond gave a virtual talk using Zoom on the birds and other wildlife of Alaska.

The next talk will be held on 24th February, when Dr. Mark Eaton, Secretary of the UK's Rare Breeding Birds Panel will giev a talk on the works of the Panel.

The virtual Members' Day on 27th March will also have a number of talks,one of which will be given by James Lowen, award-winning author and photographer specialising in natural history, conservation and travel, on birding Argentina.

Futher details can be found in the Events section of this website.

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