Apologies for the lack of recent trip reports, but it has not been possible to upload reports onto the national RSPB site. If this problem persists, recent reports will be uploaded to this site.
For information on events at RSPB Pagham Harbour Reserve, please click the link below:
There is local interest in establishing a Hampshire Swift Group and to further this Edward Mayer of Swift Conservation will be speaking at the HOS AGM in April. It is hoped to encourage some volunteers to come forward to add to the few already dotted around the county.
Andy Broadhurst is currently leading this initiative and is focusing on Lyndhurst, Brockenhurst and Lymington with the objective of establishing a good baseline count of active nests and then using this to determine what can be done to prevent the population declining yet further and, hopefully, instigating measures to boost the breeding population.
If you are interested, please reply via the contact form and this will be forwarded to Andy.
Solent Bird Studies is a co-operation between a number of statutory organisations and conservation groups (including RSPB) to gather data on how birds use the available Solent habitats. Gaining a better understanding of how wildfowl and waders make use of various feeding and roosting sites should lead to better conservation of these species.
All data collected will further develop an understanding of bird movements and help to identify which sites are important for feeding and roosting in the region. Colour ring sightings will further aid efforts to understand how birds move within The Solent. If you are not already a volunteer but would like to get involved in this exciting and vital project, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to be part of a team of EuCAN volunteers to work in Estonia for 10 days in June, collaborating with the Estonia Fund for Nature (ELF) on a project to assess the population of Capercaillies in one of the forest regions in the north-east of the country? See flyer.
It was good to see so many people (23) turn out for the Blashford field trip where we were rewarded with sunshine and over 60 species of birds.
The next field trip is to Studland and Poole Harbour. Please note that this year we will meet in the National Trust car park adjacent to the toll booth on the Studland side of the harbour entrance. From there we will make a number of stops at other National Trust car parks along the coast and other stops in lay-bys on the Poole harbour side. There is a parking fee for the National Trust car parks, but one ticket entitles you to use any of the car parks (make sure you have some change for the parking ticket). As this is a longer trip, please car share wherever possible. If you need a lift please contact me via the contact form.
It just goes to show, you shouldn’t rely on weather forecasts. Despite an awful forecast for the Poole Harbour boat trip on 13 February and heavy rain early in the morning and during the journey down, the rain soon eased and the sun even put in an appearance. A trip report has been post on the RSPB site – the species list (43) may not be complete and some of the group may well have spotted more birds, but I think we all agree the highlight was the black guillemot seen right at the end of the trip.
Our next field outing is on Tuesday, 16 February to Blashford Lakes, when Peter Smith will be leading. Meet in the Tern Hide car park at 10.00 a.m. and bring a flask and sandwiches if you are staying through until 3.00 pm, or later if you want to stay for the gull roost.
Message from County Recorder to all users of Hampshire Goingbirding
Thanks for all your sightings in 2015. These are now safely in our database and will be used for the 2015 Hampshire Bird Report.
If you have further records to submit that are not already on Goingbirding or Birdtrack then we have an Excel spreadsheet that can be downloaded from this page
The 2014 Hampshire Bird Report has gone to all members of HOS. If you are not a member and wish to buy the report details are here.
And finally our Hampshire Bird Atlas 2007-2012 can be purchased here.
You are invited to this year’s HBIC Recorders Forum, which takes place on Saturday the 5th of March 2016 at Littleton Village Hall, north of Winchester at SU 4572 3236.
The forum is free of charge and aims to give an overview of the variety of recording schemes and projects that take place in Hampshire. It is designed to encourage recorders and local recording groups to share their experiences and ideas.
This year time has been allowed for a few 5 minute project updates, if you would like to advertise a new recording project please get in touch. Also if you would like to bring a display please indicate this on your form.
There will be charge of £6.50 per person if you wish to enjoy the buffet lunch, otherwise you are welcome to bring your own food. Tea and coffee will be available throughout the day, a small donation to cover the costs of this would be gratefully received.
The programme and booking form can be downloaded HERE, and the deadline for returning the form is the 26th February please.
The BBC reports that London-based developers Long Harbour are planning to build over 1000 homes on the Fawley Power Station site, which they have purchased for £25m. We look for to seeing their mitigation plans to avoid disturbance to peregrines, black redstart, nightingale and IUCN red-listed birds including curlew, oystercatcher, black-tailed godwit, lapwing and meadow pipit.