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BIRD REPORTS

DEARNE VALLEYBolton Ings (SE4302) – 2 +7j Mute Swan, 1 Canada Goose, 24+1j Gadwall, 21+2j Tufted Duck, 7+3j Pochard, 1+1j Mallard, 3 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 61+14j Coot, 2 Moorhen, and c200 BH Gull, 1 Cormorant, 2 LBB Gull, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Whithroat and 1 Bullfinch (Alan Whitehouse per today’s BARNSLEY BIRD SIGHTINGS)

DEARNE VALLEYBroomhill Flash (SE4102) – 2 Mute Swan, 30+6j Canada Geese, 1 Greylag, 21 Mallard, 15 Gadwall, 3+6j Pochard, 1 Teal, 8+2j Little Grebe, 2+2j Great Crested Grebe, 36 Coot, 12 Lapwing, c60 BH Gull, 2 LBB Gull and 1 Barn Owl (Alan Whitehouse per today’s BARNSLEY BIRD SIGHTINGS)

DEARNE VALLEYOld Moor (SE4302) – 1 BITTERN, 1 MARSH HARRIER, 1 MEDITERRANEAN GULL, 1 Wigeon (Barnsley BSG per Twitter)

DEARNE VALLEY TPT (Wombwell Ings to Bolton Ings) – 7s Blackcap, 7s Willow Warbler, 5s Chiffchaff, and 1s Sedge Warbler. Also 2 Bullfinch and 1 Song Thrush (Alan Whitehouse per today’s BARNSLEY BIRD SIGHTINGS)

DEARNE VALLEYWombwell Ings (SE4102) – 5 Mute Swan, 3+1j Canada Geese, 2+3j Greylag, 14 Mallard, 6 Gadwall, 4 Tufted Duck, 3 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 2 Cormorant, 21 Coot, 26 Lapwing, 2 Redshank, 8 BH Gull, 2 LBB Gull, 3 Skylark, 5 Linnet and 1 Pied Wagtail (Alan Whitehouse per today’s BARNSLEY BIRD SIGHTINGS).

DON VALLEYBentley Common (SE5705) – 1p+1s Blackcap, 1 Kestrel, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Sedge Warbler, 5+s Whitethroat, 2s Willow Warbler (Chris Robinson)

DON VALLEY Thrybergh CP (SK4795 and SK4796) – 3 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 2a+6j Mute Swan, 21 Greylag Goose, 5 Canada Goose, 16 Tufted Duck, 2p Red-legged Partridge, 11a+1j Black-headed Gull, 3s Skylark, 13 (12s) Wren, 12 (11s) Blackbird, 5+fam+2s Blackcap, 3a+5+fam Whitethroat, 1s Lesser Whitethroat, 2s Reed Warbler, 2s Willow Warbler, 2s Chiffchaff, 12 (2fam) Great Tit, 16 (3fams) Blue Tit, 2 Bullfinch, 1 Barn Owl (Per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS)

HUMBERHEAD PEATLANDSHatfield Moors area (SE7106D & SE6905X) – 2 Barn Owl, 7 NIGHTJAR, 1 Tawny Owl, 3 TREE PIPIT (Col Neale and Chip Rhodes). For further detail see today’s HATFIELD MOORS BIRDING BLOG

POTTERIC CARR (SE5999, SE6099, SE5900 and SE6000) – 1f+3j Pochard, 1 BITTERN, 4 Little Egret, 4a+5j BLACK-NECKED GREBE, 2m MARSH HARRIER, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 LRP, 2 Kingfisher, 5a+fam party of CETTI’S WARBLER, 2 fams of Whitethroat, 1 MEDITERRANEAN WARBLER and 1a+1j Herring Gull (B G A Buckle, M A Bird, D Harden, P Goacher, G Chatterton, K Lynes, H Woack, D Carroll, S Bird, S Bury, K Woolley). For further detail see today’s POTTERIC CARR-SIGHTINGS

THE EU REFERENDUM AND ITS POTENTIAL IMPACT ON NATURE

The Wildlife Trusts, RSPB and WWF have published a booklet called The EU & Our Environment which summarizes a report The potential policy and
environmental consequences for the UK of a departure from the European Union
by the Institute for European Environment Policy and sets out what they see as the possible consequences for birds and wildlife of staying in or pulling out of the EU. The Overview and Conclusions of the Report are:

“1. Many environmental challenges are cross border and require international collaboration.
2. Membership of the EU and, through this, implementation of its environmental regulations has generally had a significant and positive impact on the environment in the UK, even though some EU sectoral policies have undermined environmental objectives.
3. The environmental challenges we face are growing, and the political response to these challenges needs to reflect this.
4. Leaving the EU would create identifiable and substantial risks to the UK’s future environmental ambitions.
5. The uncertainty and confusion caused by the UK exiting the EU would itself be harmful at least in the immediate to medium-term, both for environmental standards and essential green investment. The long-term outlook is very uncertain.

In short, the report concludes that Britain’s membership of the EU has, on
balance, delivered benefits for our natural environment that would be hard to replicate if we left.

Whatever the future of the UK’s relationship with the EU, we must continue to build on the solid foundation that decades of environmental legislation have given us and avoid weakening protection for, or investment in, our precious natural resources and wildlife at all costs. To do otherwise would not be in our national interest.” (WWF-UK, RSPB and The Wildlife Trusts 2016).

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WEATHER REPORTS

LOCALWeather: mainly cloudy but bright and dry with much sunshine. Visibility: very good throughout. Temperatures: +10.2° to +20.3°C. Wind: very light, occasionally light, mainly from the SW quarter, occasionally SE. Surface pressure at 0000UTC: starting at 1014hpa and rising slowly through the day to end the day on 1017hPa. Fronts etc.: none.

SURFACE PRESSURE CHART

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MOON PHASE – Full.
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