The Newsletter is now available as a pdf file on the Newsletter-PDFs drop down menu. Newsletters will not be added to this page in future. However any Trip Reports will still be added separately on the Trip-Reports page.

The Newsletter is prepared each month by the Newsletter Editor with input from the committee and the membership. The majority of Bird Group members now receive it by email. A printed copy is available at each of our Indoor Meetings for people who do not have email access. The content is mainly of interest to BG members; extracts which may be of wider interest are published here.

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We're delighted to say that the Bird Report for 2017 is now available - with many people working together to develop the content and get it printed. The Report is now produced in the larger B5 format with full colour printing. The front cover is graced by Leach’s Petrel, the CAWOS logo, captured at close range against the sands of New Brighton.


Full colour has given the opportunity to include 80 great images of birds whatever their abundance or popularity and includes two-page spreads for raptors, gulls, corvids and Leach’s Petrel.

The Report has 160 pages and draws on over 170,000 records from a wide range of sources – Birdtrack, BTO WeBS and Breeding Bird Survey, rECOrd, major site reports, website records, ringing reports and of course records from individual observers. An annual Bird Report is the one document that brings all these records together on a County basis.

In 2017 there were 241 species recorded in Cheshire and Wirral of which 35 were County or BBRC rarities. Pallid Harrier was new to the County List – having been accepted by BBRC on a second circulation. This is the subject of a short article describing the sequence of events. Also included in the Report are articles on the successful breeding of Cattle Egrets at Burton Mere Wetlands, ‘Early and Late Dates for Migrants’ and Cheshire and Wirral in the BTO Online Ringing Report for 2017, which selectively focusses on recoveries chosen to illustrate movements and longevity.

The Bird Report is free to Cheshire and Wirral Ornithological Society members (ordinary membership costs £15), otherwise it costs £10 + £2 p&p and copies are available from:

David Cogger, 71 Parkgate, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 8HF

Tel: 01565 228503 Email: gro.sowac|reggocdivad#gro.sowac|reggocdivad

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