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West Midland Bird Club

Studying Birds in Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and the West Midlands since 1929

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There is plenty of information at hand within these pages, however, please do not hesitate in using the contact us page via the menu or the info@westmidlandbirdclub link at the foot of all pages if you would like to take a personal approach to gathering information; the Club Secretary will be pleased to deal with any enquiry. There is great scope to become involved in a wide range of Club activities, likewise you can go about your birding activities on a personal level and simply enjoy what the West Midland Bird Club has to offer in assisting your interests.

 

Welcome to the

West Midland Bird Club Website

Learn more about birdlife across the West Midlands by joining the West Midland Bird Club.

 

If you watch the birds in Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Stafford or within the West Midlands Conurbation then the WMBC should be your number one choice.  

 

We aim to be the Club for the entire birding community whether you are fond of your birds in your garden, park, local patch or at one of our four fabulous reserves. Twitchers, photographers, recordists, students whether at school, college or Uni are all welcome.

 

Many of our members joined as absolute beginners and are now proficient birders helping at the Club’s reserves and participating in surveys. Others have attained ringing licences or now take wonderful photographs of the birds that they find. Some have become excellent report writers or even statisticians providing the long-term overview regarding the fall or rise of bird populations across the four counties which the Club serves. Others just get out into the wide outdoors and enjoy what they see and hear.

 

We welcome the young, old and disabled, irrespective of gender, sexual orientation colour or creed. We encourage beginners and the experienced alike. Your interest may just be to enjoy or learn more about birds by observing their behaviour. Never be frightened if you require assistance in identifying a bird.

 

We all make mistakes especially with unfamiliar species. There will always be someone in the Club who will be able to help you

Most of all enjoy being part of the West Midland Bird Club birding community.

You can now join from October 1st for as little as £20 and get 3 free months standard membership

 

Roger Broadbent

Chairperson

WMBC

 

Now go to the Join Page

 

* Source State of U.K.Birds 2017 published bu RSPB,BTO, WWT,National Resources (Wales)Natural England,NCC,NIEA

Goldfinch- Chris Rickus Black-tailed Godwit 2 - Belvide - Nigel Talbot

Black-tailed Godwit - Nigel Talbot

U.K. Breeding down 1% (1995-2015)*

Goldfinch - Chris Rickus

U.K.Breeding population up122% ( 1995-2015)*

Gadwall-John Oates

Gadwall - John Oates

U.K.Breeding population up 131%   (1995-2015)*

Garden Warbler - Steve Edwards - Blithfield

Garden Warbler - Steve Edwards

U.K.Breeding population down 23% (1995-2015)*

Little Egret - Martyn Pitt

Little Egret - Belvide Reserve - Martyn Pitt

Autumn is now well established and the seasonal equinox an event of the past. Winter visitors are arriving in our region and our preparations for a day’s birding are now taking on a different theme. Expectancy is an ingrained trait of all birders and this may apply to a variety of circumstance within the birding world. Will we see an influx of a certain species arriving in the British Isles and hopefully in our region over the forthcoming period?, how severe will the coming winter be?, just two of many well pondered thoughts.

The previous winter period extending through December 2017 to end of February 2018 was amongst the most severe spells of weather that our region has encountered for a long time. Those species who depend upon open water in order to exist, suffered as a result of prolonged sub-zero temperatures taking a grip, with ice covered lakes and pools being ruled out as feeding grounds for some lengthy spells. Amongst many water related species that struggled during this period, the Kingfisher appears to have taken a hefty hit, as a result, numbers appeared to be lower than normally expected in their breeding territories. Hopefully the fine warm summer that has followed has also provided an extended opportunity for them to stage a recovery.

The herons are another species that rely upon open water to survive, how did the now ubiquitous Little Egret fare during those severe conditions? In contrast to the Kingfisher, some remarkably high site counts were made for this species during the subsequent periods but does this reflect their true regional population?. We know that this is an increasing population but we are keen to learn more.

It would be interesting to monitor the plight of both species, Kingfisher and Little Egret, over the coming winter period and hopefully beyond. Such findings will assist in forming a true picture of their current regional status. Our County Recorders will be pleased to receive any information you can offer. A strong participation in any regional study relates to better results, all of which provide a better understanding of the birds that inhabit our region.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Submitting your bird records

The thought of finding a special bird is something that inspires us all. Given such an occurrence, it would be a pity if the event was lost to posterity due to inadequate recording. A report of a rare or unusual bird should be accompanied by a detailed description and supporting evidence. Without this necessary information being submitted to the relevant authority, reports can only be regarded as unsubstantiated.

 

Using a social media site or birding blog is an excellent method of broadcasting news of rare or unusual birds, such postings however, do not constitute a true record submission. In order to validate your findings, all reports should be sent to the appropriate County Recorder, irrespective of any other postings.

 

The most helpful and productive way of going about this is to register with the BTO online facility BirdTrack - www.bto.org/birdtrack . This site not only keeps your records on file in a protected database but provides unlimited access to all County Recorders in their investigative searches. BirdTrack provides an on-line form comprising questions in relation to those species that require descriptions together with a text box for writing your own description. The completed automated form and your personal description are then sent forward to the appropriate County Recorder.

 

Alternatively, records can be sent electronically to County Recorders using Excel or Word files that contain all necessary details or, by hand written record slips. To obtain handwritten record slips please contact your County Recorder for advice. The most important factor in all of this is to make sure that the relevant County Recorder receives this information.

 

The exercise of providing accurate records performs the task of gathering vital information on the occurrence and whereabouts of birds, information from which we all benefit.

 

This website offers a guideline to record submission to all those who wish to submit records from the West Midland Bird Club recording region.

 

Visit the Record Submission page.

Here you will find current information on contacting our regional County Recorders, accessing BirdTrack and record submission information.

 

The ultimate guide to submitting your records can be found in the West Midland Bird Club publication, A Checklist of the Birds of Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and the West Midlands and Guide to Status and Record Submission.

Members of the West Midland Bird Club are provided with a copy of this publication (appropriate while stocks last). Anyone wishing to obtain a copy, again appropriate to availability, should contact the Club Membership Secretary - membership@westmidlandbirdclub.org.uk . All those submitting records are encouraged to follow the guidelines set out in this booklet.

Good luck in your findings and make sure your records get their deserved recognition.

 

Kingfisher - Nigel Talbot

Kingfisher - Belvide Reserve - Nigel Talbot