13 September 2017

CWP 79, 31 and 84: 100+ swallow and sand martin with a few house martin.   Graham Powell

Also on CWP 79:  Kestrel, 2 Little Egret, 2 Little grebe   Graham Powell

CWP 85a:  Cormorant, Grey Heron, Kingfisher.  Graham Powell

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Interesting and potentially exciting news.

On 3rd May 2017, at a Natural England board meeting, it was agreed to progress a number of changes to Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).   Included within these changes is a proposal to extend the designation of the current SSSI within the Cotswold Water Park. 

The proposal is to increase the special interest of the SSSI to include both standing water and the bird population.   The size of the proposed extended SSSI is around 1,500 hectares.    The designation should take place in the 2018/19 financial year.

Currently there are a small number of individual lakes within CWP given SSSI protection for aquatic macrophyte interest.  The assemblage of birds and habitat in and around the lakes does not receive the protection afforded by a SSSI designation, unless as an indirect result of these few SSSI lakes.

The procedure to designate SSSIs is lengthy and involves consultation and legal notifications.  To achieve a designation in 2018/19 this process will need to  start quite soon.  Designations require the final consent of NE Board so this one is not automatic but this is a very good start towards that process.

SSSI designation is important to CWP because it will afford a degree of protection to the area.  CWP attracts up to 40,000 wintering waterbirds and is internationally important for Lesser Black-backed Gull.   It is nationally important for several species including Pochard, Tufted Duck, Gadwall, Shoveler, Coot, Great Crested Grebe and Smew.   It is one of the top ten sites in the UK for smew, coot, tufted duck, great crested grebe and pochard and is the most important site for goldeneye and goosander in the South West.

Surveys also suggest that the area supports a summer waterbird population of nearly 8,000 birds, including nationally important breeding populations of Coot, Great Crested Grebe, Mute Swan, Tufted Duck, Red Crested Pochard and Gadwall.

This development can only have been supported by the information that is provided on a regular basis by visitors to the CWP area.  This is achieved by all of you who take part in the regular WeBS counts, those who provide survey information direct to CWP Trust and the relevant Record Centres and of course those of you who provide information through this website.    This shows how important it is to keep submitting a clear record of not just rarities or birds of interest but of everything that can be found in the area.

I have offered NE the use of this website should they wish to publicise details of any developments in the future.

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11 September 2017

Thames Path, Castle Eaton: 2 Redstarts still, in same spot, 10 Chiffchaffs, Kestrel, Green Woodpecker, 2 Lapwings, 5 Little Grebes, Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Egrets, 2 Grey Herons, 5 Pochard, 20 Tufted Ducks and a few Fallow Deer. Kingfisher made several passes.  Steve Davies

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10 September 2017

CWP 126: WeBS Count.   13 Black-headed Gulls, 8 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Moorhen plus 2 chicks, 3 Teal, 90 Coot, 206 Tufted Duck, 10 Mallard, 5 Great Crested Grebes, 8 Mute Swans, 1 Greylag Goose, 1 Canada Goose     Robin Griffiths

CWP 125: WeBS Count. Grey Wagtail, 79 Coot, 1 Tufted Duck, 8 Great Crested Grebes, 9 Mute Swans, 2 Greylag Geese, 11 Mallard    Robin Griffiths

CWP 123: WeBS Count.  Heron, 35 Mallard, 4 Mute Swans (pair plus 2 juvs), 23 Red-crested Pochard, 2 Cormorant, 1 Great Crested Grebe    Robin Griffiths

CWP 116: WeBS Count.   18 Tufted Duck, 10 Coot, 1 Greylag Goose, 5 Canada Geese, 1 Mallard, 13 Cormorants, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Red-crested Pochard, 4 Mute Swans   Robin Griffiths

CWP 114: WeBS Count.   Juv. Spotted Flycatcher, 8 Great Crested Grebes (incl. 2 juvs), 11 Mute Swans, 80 Canada Geese, 12 Greylag Geese, 4 Tufted Duck, 1 Coot, 4 Mallard, Chiffchaff and lots of Sand and House Martins plus the odd Swallow.    Robin Griffiths

Webs counts from CWP 28, 28a, 29, 30, 35, 36, 37, 38:   Mallard 397,  Tufted Duck 245, Coot 30, Great Crested Grebe 22, Cormorant 14, Black headed Gull 11, Red Crested Pochard 5, Mute Swan 4, Grey Heron 3, Moorhen 2.     Darren Tonge

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9 September 2017

CWP 29/30:  26 Great Crested Grebe, 13 Cormorant, 261 Tufted Duck, 5 Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk, Tawny Owl, 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 16 Meadow Pipit, 2 Reed Warbler, 3 Cettis Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 17 Chiffchaff, 12 Goldcrest, 2 Jay, 3 Raven.   Nigel Pleass

CWP 57:  123 house martin   Nigel Pleass.

CWP 74:  300 mixed swallow, house and sand martin flock.   Nigel Pleass

CWP 132: Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpipers, Common Sandpiper, Kingfisher, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Egyptian Goose, 7 Teal, 10 Tufted Ducks, 2 Buzzards, 2 Kestrels, 3 Chiffchaffs, Goldcrest. 3 Grey Wagtails at the sewage works and another in the stream.  Steve Davies

Blakehill: Hobby, 2 Wheatears, Redstart,  Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Meadow Pipits, Hummingbird Hawkmoth.   Robin Griffiths

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7 September 2017

North End Works, Ashton Keynes:   Peregrine hunting lapwings at 6.40am.   Dave Soons

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5 September 2017

Shorncote reed beds:   3 Whinchat. 6 Willow Warbler. 2 Sedge Warblers. 2 Kingfisher. 2 Spotted Flycatchers   John Fletcher

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