Events Update 05/02/24: Scilly Seabird Survey & Graduate Conservation Fieldwork events postponed, and new events announced

Unfortunately our talk ‘Scilly Seabird Survey’ delivered by Paul St Pierre on the 23rd has been postponed into the spring.

Update 05/02/24: Unfortunately due to venue issues our Graduate Conservation Fieldwork talk has also been rescheduled to 5th March at 7pm, still at Tremough Campus.

However, we have a number of other events ready for you to get involved within:

Big Garden Birdwatch

Get your feeders stocked, notebook ready and settle down comfortably to participate in the world’s largest wildlife survey. Millions around the UK spend an hour on the weekend recording the birds visiting their garden, and all the data is super important in helping the RSPB to monitor how garden bird populations are changing. If you don’t have a garden, why not visit your local park like I did in Falmouth last year. Head to to find out more. Why not share some of your sightings on our social media pages! 26th-28th January.

RSPB Reserves visit – Hayle Estuary

James Drage (with the help of the Cornwall RSPB team) will lead us around Cornwall’s other RSPB reserves, hoping to pick out waders, waterfowl and some specialities such as Spoonbill. As with all our walks, attendance is free and there’s no need to book, just turn up on the day. Sunday 4th February, 10am @ Ryan’s Field Car Park

Graduate Conservation fieldwork with UoE Ecosociety

In collaboration with the University of Exeter Ecosociety, RSPB Kernow local group will be hosting this talk on conservation fieldwork around the world. Tim Cross volunteered for a month on Cyprus, working with fisherman to reduce marine bycatch. George Perry visited South Georgia for 8 months, braving isolation and harsh conditions to monitor the health of the marine ecosystem (penguins, petrels, elephant seals) due to the 20th century’s overexploitation of whales, fish and seals. As with other talks, £3 for members, £5 for non-members. Tuesday 5th March, 7.00PM @ Tremough Campus, Penryn

Birds Knit My Ribs Together

Members of the group have been invited to a FREE online book launch event by naturalist, bird lover, writer and photographer, Phil Barnett. Publishing early next year, Birds Knit My Ribs Together is a poetry collection which tracks Phil’s recovery from a decade-long illness that found him immobile, and dependant on the birds he could observe through his window, for company. Phil often says that ‘‘birds kept him going’, and even that “birds saved his life”. Thursday 8th February 2024, 7PM. You can reserve a ticket to join the event on the link below:

Tamar River Cruise with CBWPS

One not to be missed, although you will have to cross the border! Cornwall Birds (CBWPS) and Plymouth Boat Trips are running a new Guided Bird Watching Cruise this winter, ideal for anyone who would like to see and learn about the many thousands of birds that migrate to the area during the autumn and winter months. Suitable for beginners and beneficial to experts, as full commentary will be provided by an expert from Cornwall Birds (CBWPS). Plymouth Boat Trips has opened the cruise up to members of RSPB Kernow and are generously offering us a 10% discount with the code RSPB2024 at the checkout (tickets are £18, including a pasty and a hot drink). Saturday 24th Feb 11.30AM @ Barbican Landing Stage, Plymouth. Link to tickets is below:

Finding W.H Hudson: The Writer who came to Britain to Save the Birds

Conor Jamieson is speaking to us online about his project to find W.H Hudson, and his colleagues in pioneering conservation. Hudson played a pioneering role as a campaigner, supporting the women who founded the RSPB. In this talk, Conor will talk us through his new book, providing new insights into the unschooled immigrant writer-naturalist who dared to challenge the establishment. I’m told Hudson also had strong links with Cornwall. Tuesday 27th February, 7PM. Zoom link to follow.

Cornish Chough Project

Hilary Mitchell (CBWPS) was instrumental in the success of the Cornish Chough Project, and continues to monitor their numbers from volunteer sightings all over Cornwall. Join her to discover the trials and tribulations of restoring Cornwall’s county bird back to its heartland. Venue change: Thursday 14th March 7.30PM @ All Saints Church, Cambourne (limited off-street parking but plenty of on-street parking nearby).

Waders & Wildfowl of the Camel

Sharyn Wallace will show us around a favourite patch of CBWPS, the Camel Estuary. We’ll be making the most of the wintering influx of waders and wildfowl and where better than the Camel; with its diverse range of habitats, including sandbanks, mudflats and marshy meadows. Star species include Golden & Ringer Plover, Curlew and Kingfisher. Saturday 23rd March, 10AM @ Co-op, Wadebridge.

Bird Behaviour

Veteran speaker Ian did many talks for the original RSPB Cornwall Local Group which were always well received – This year he returns to give us an overview of bird life and behaviour, illustrated with many photographs taken from his travels around the world. Venue change: Thursday 28th March, 7.30PM @ TBC

We hope to see many of you at at least one of these events. Get involved, improve your birding, meet new people and take advantage of the membership advantages of cheaper tickets for talks!

Further events are being planned and will be released in the next edition of the newsletter in early April.