Next Indoor Event

23/10/2019 (Wed)
BTML Turtle Doves, Trial Plots and Trichomonas: Understanding and conserving the UK's rarest dove.
By: Dr Jenny Dunn
The European Turtle Dove Streptopelia turtur is the UK’s fastest declining breeding bird species. The UK population has declined by 98% since 1970 and this decline is mirrored across Europe; this decline is through to be driven by a reduction in the number of breeding attempts per year combined with a dietary shift from arable weed seeds to anthropogenic food sources. Here, I will first describe habitat management trials designed to provide a source of seeding arable plants throughout the turtle dove breeding season. Second, I describe research determining the spatial scale for providing this foraging habitat in farmland alongside suitable nesting habitat. Third, I discuss the evidence for dietary change within this species and the implications of this dietary change for nestling survival and parasite transmission. Finally, I will discuss the on-going challenges for conservation of this species.

Next Outing

20/10/2019 (Sun)
Cotswold Water Park, Wiltshire
Cotswold Water Park, Wiltshire
The meeting place for this walk is outside the White Hart Inn, High Road, Ashton Keynes SN66NX at 0930am. The Water Park lies to the west of the A419 between Swindon and Cirencester. For those who are unfamiliar with the Cotswold Water Park, it is an extensive area of gravel pits which are separated by fields, copses and scrub. The varied landscape should provide us with an interesting birdlist. Hope to see you there

Bird News

Date Species Count Site Who
2019-10-17Ring Ouzel1WoodcoteEFG
2019-10-13Rock Pipit3Farmoor Reservoir: CausewayDJ
2019-10-08Barn Owl1Stanton St. John: Stanton St. John PitCEB
2019-10-04Rock Pipit1Farmoor Reservoir: CausewayDJ
2019-09-30Tawny Owl1RisinghurstAGG
2019-09-30Meadow Pipit38Southfield Golf CourseTDB
2019-09-29Hobby1Little Wittenham: Little Wittenham Nature ReserveR M G
2019-09-28House Martin130Southfield Golf CourseTDB
2019-09-25Hobby1Stanton St. JohnCEB
2019-09-22Egyptian Goose2ApplefordBJWy
2019-09-21Kingfisher1Iffley: Iffley LockSL
2019-09-21Grey Wagtail2Iffley: Iffley LockSL
2019-09-20Ruff2Farmoor ReservoirDJ
2019-09-20Buzzard4Blenheim: Blenheim LakeSL
2019-09-19Shelduck3Farmoor ReservoirDJ
2019-09-19Goldeneye1Farmoor ReservoirDJ
2019-09-19Little Stint1Farmoor ReservoirDJ
2019-09-19Ruff1Farmoor ReservoirDJ
2019-09-19Snipe1Lower Windrush Valley GPsR M G

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