Attend Local Branches and Field Trips - Visit our Reserves - Record your Bird Sightings
Supporting the West Midland Bird Club is a positive step in conserving important habitat for birds and other wildlife. You will also be contributing to the ornithological knowledge of the region. Get the most from your birding activities by becoming a member today. Using this website will provide you with all the information that is required in making you aware of how this Club functions, how to become involved in Club activities and to encourage you to further your birding interests by developing your knowledge of the birds of the region.
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.
Local Branch Indoor Meetings and Field Trips
Make the most of your membership by visiting your local branches and enjoy the excellent talks that are taking place throughout the WMBC branch network. Likewise, book a seat on one of the Clubs Field Trips, visiting some of the UKs top birding sites. Detailes for all Branch and Field Meetings can be found on this website by visiting the appropriate location via the menu. The WMBC Newsletter also carries the same information.
Not a member, not a problem! please go along and enjoy the evening or trip, you will be made most welcome.
Potential disruption at our Ladywalk Reserve - 2nd CHANGE OF NOTICE ISSUED BY HS2
The West Midland Bird Club have received notification from HS2, the proposed London - West Midlands high speed rail link, that after receiving parliamentary approval, site survey work will commence in 2017. In order to carry out their survey work they have informed the Club that they need to gain access to our Ladywalk Reserve in order to carry out a variety of investigations. This will involve work over the period commencing October 1st to December 31st 2017. For further details use the link below that outlines the latest HS2 notification. This latest notice from HS2 was issued on September 12th 2017, received by WMBC September 19th - our apologies for any inconvenience that arises from this change.
The Importance of garden feeding stations
Feeding birds in your garden with nourishing food that is readily available has become a staple source of their diet. We should however, make certain that in our attempt to help birds, we do not create a potential danger by threat of disease. We can help to avoid this by keeping our feeding stations clean and free from risk of contamination. One disease that has had a crippling effect upon the British Greenfinch population is trichomonosis. To learn more of this and bird feeding station cleanliness, use the link to find out what advice David Dodd the WMBC Stafford Branch Chairman has to offer.
BTO chart showing the steep decline since 2005
The Greenfinch has fallen victim to the disease Trichomonosis
Photograph John Oates
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2017 Cannock Chase Bird Survey - In memory of Frank Gribble
The results of this project have now been published in the eagerly awaited Species Report. This has been produced in booklet form and delivered to the West Midland Bird Club membership in early December 2017. The objectives of this project have been achieved, however, as with all well organised and well delivered studies, further progressive
aims have been identified and plans to tackle these are already being developed. One such study that arises from the findings of the 2017 survey is the monitoring of Common Cuckoo, here on the Chase and during the birds migratory movements.
The public launch of the Species Report, together with plans that include recommendations and further studies, will take place in the new year 2018. This report will also be placed on this website as an available document and downloadable PDF file. The date of this launch will be announced soon.
Roger Broadbent the survey organiser pays great tribute to all of those involved in making this a very successful and progressive project.
The West Midland Bird Club offer their thanks and gratitude to Roger for his effort and dedication on behalf of the Club in putting all of this together and steering the project to a fitting conclusion.
Common Cuckoo, a species earmarked for further studies - Photograph Peter Lichfield
Willow Tit - Steve Seal