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Access For All Path – Exciting News!

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Access For All Path – Latest News Dear all, I’m delighted to report that Kathy and Rob Gooderham recently attended an exciting meeting with our RSPB partners.  It was confirmed that all monies are secured and construction of the AFAP is planned for September 2020. This is subject to planning approval, but discussions to date…

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Suffolk Swift Survey

pic: Doug M Dodds Help Survey Suffolk Swifts! Well, those that are coming back from their African winter are probably all now back, so the summer can start properly. Those lucky enough to have populations of Swifts screaming around the rooftops should consider themselves very lucky; there are large swathes of the country (and county)…

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Expired: BTO/JNCC Survey Opportunities in Suffolk

BTO Surveys in Suffolk: Opportunities to get involved Although there are probably more birders per square metre in Suffolk than most other counties in the UK, it’s not always easy for the BTO to get the coverage in terms of surveys that the area so richly deserves. There’s something very satisfying about survey work; perhaps…

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Suffolk Rook Survey – Get Involved!

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Suffolk Rook Survey – Get Involved! One of the most evocative sights and sounds of Suffolk winter mornings and afternoons are the noisy, black clouds of Rooks and Jackdaws commuting to and from their roosts and daytime feeding grounds – hundreds of Corvid cousins, calling to each other as they struggle against the wind or…

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Bird Brain 2017

The victorious BINS team, 2017 It’s that time again – when the great and good minds of Suffolk ornithology temporarily cease outdoing each other with their year lists, and bring it all down to a couple of hours at the Staithe Maltings, Bungay in the challenge that is Bird Brain 2017. Could it really be…

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Minsmere Children’s Crafts

Minsmere: Children’s Crafts Waveney Bird Club, as well as giving ringing demonstrations at Minsmere during the school holidays, have run craft activities for childrenof all ages and abilities at the Discovery Centre. Here is an update on some of the items they have made All the activity materials were provided by us and generously sponsored by…

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Minutes of AGM 2016

Minutes of AGM held on 21st March 2016 at 7.30pm at The Malting Pavilion, Pinhow Street Ditchingham NR35 2RU Apologies for absence Apologies were received from Chris McIntyre, Andrew Green and Rob Parfitt Minutes of the AGM 2015 The minutes were accepted as a true copy. Matters Arising There were no matters arising. Chairman’s Report…

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Newest WBC recruit “Mollie”

Mollie Seawatching

Newest WBC recruit “Mollie” Seawatching can be tricky. Here’s Mollie at LBO teaching Nigel Odin how it should be done! Poor Kathy, losing another member of the Piotrowski household to the birding bug….

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BirdBrain 2016

‘It can’t happen again – if they win it three years on the trot, do they get to keep the cup?’ Pre-match nerves before BirdBrain 2016 while setting up ‘the stage’ and awaiting the arrival of the BTO team, which had swept the board in 2014 and 2015. And here we were once more. Four…

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BirdTrack

What is BirdTrack? BirdTrack (a partnership between the BTO, the RSPB, Birdwatch Ireland, the Scottish Ornithologists’ Club and the Welsh Ornithological Society) is a project that looks at migration movements and distributions of birds throughout Britain and Ireland. BirdTrack provides facilities for observers to store and manage their own personal records as well as using these…

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Orfordness Oct. 10th-11th 2015

Well, it was good to find it was all still there – the lighthouse still standing, the Bomb Ballistics building with its observational roof, the Bailey bridge, the ringing hut have all got through another year of weather-beating without collapse. The ringing team went over on the Saturday morning, driving down to the quayside at…

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Conservation Day, Heveningham 2015

  Around 30 members of WBC together with scouts from Earsham and other friends and family met at Heveningham for the annual Conservation Day. The estate and its surrounding woodland has 2000 nest boxes, principally for blue, great and coal tit – birds not famed for leaving their accommodation the way they found it. So,…

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BTO are Birdbrains 2015!

The team from the British Trust for Ornithology kept their collective grip firmly on the Waveney Bird Club Birdbrains trophy for another year, beating the WBC team by 52 points to 34 in the final at Staithe Maltings on Feb. 16. Four teams started the evening, coming in at the semi-finals stage, with RSPB Minsmere…

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Ronnie Ronalde 1923-2015 RIP

For those of you that haven’t already heard, Ronnie Ronalde sadly passed away on 13th January. Ronnie and his wife became honorary members of WBC in 2010, but how they became a part of WBC is an interesting story?  During a very cold, snowy winter-spell in January 2010, I fed the Blackbirds in our garden…

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Kartong Bird Observatory, Gambia

In January a team of ringers will be heading to The Gambia to the Kartong Bird Observatory (www.kartongbirdobservatory.org) to continue the annual ringing and recording project of African birds and Western Paleartic migrants. Ringing trips have been running since 2010 and Waveney Ringing Group members Chris McIntyre, Roger Walsh, Patrick Barker, Genevieve Bridgeman and Stephen Flory have all taken part…

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Heveningham Hall – Santa Hell Run – 7th December 2014

For the second successive year, WBC entered a team in the Santa Hell Run at Heveningham Hall. It is without doubt a “Hell of a Fun Run”, but the route took in some of the best countryside Suffolk has to offer. Proceedings started with a 3.3km multi-terrain race for all of Santa’s Little Helpers who…

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Cutting Edge Bird Talks

An evening hosted by Waveney Bird Club and SOG enjoyed a lively and interesting talk by Richard Crossley, who flew in from America the previous day to talked to a packed house about his amazing and innovative new ID Books.  He went on to answer questions from the audience and applauded both clubs for holding…

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Wrynecks ringed at Minsmere

This Wryneck (Jynx torquilla) was trapped and ringed on 27th August 2014 at RSPB Minsmere, a first for the Ringing Group using our own rings. We went on to ring two more bringing the total to three in eight days. Photo Chris McIntyre

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BBC Springwatch at Minsmere

Most of you will already know that BBC Springwatch is based at Minsmere this year. At the media launch, Minsmere Site Manager, Adam Rowlands, talked about the exceptional range of wildlife, both widespread and rare, found here due to the wide variety of habitats available including sea, beach and dunes, reedbeds, ditches, open shallow waters,…

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Owl Box Monitoring

Pictures from the first barn owl box monitoring visit, May 31st. Most boxes occupied by jackdaws, but two (Sibton and Bungay) with tawny owl. Sibton contained one chick; Bungay an adult and a chick. 16 boxes were checked at Heveningham, Sibton, Cockfield Hall and Bungay (Beccles Road). Click on images to enlarge

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Water Rail ringed

This water rail was caught on Saturday 26th April 2014 in a mist net at one of our local sites, a first for the Ringing Group using our own rings.  

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Sand Martin, French Delight

Following a slightly late arrival this year, it is pleasing to be able to report the return to Fen Farm of the Sand Martins. The nest hole excavation began in early April and has progressed to in excess of 50 nest holes. It was expected that the sight of this years juveniles would be later…

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