June 22, 2016

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Wednesday 22nd June 2016

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BIRD REPORTS

DEARNE VALLEYAdwick Washlands (SE4602) – 1 GARGANEY, 3 AVOCET, 2 Ringed Plover, 26 Redshank, c.80 Lapwing, 2 Little Egret, 9 Teal, 1 Little Owl (Gary Stones per Twitter)

DEARNE VALLEYBolton Ings (SE4302) – 2+7j Mute Swan, 34 Gadwall, 27 Tufted Duck, 6 Mallard, 4+3j Pochard, 4 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 70+17j Coot, 3 Moorhen, c200 BH Gull and 1 Common Gull. Also present were 1 Cormorant, 1 Buzzard, 2 LBB Gull, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Grey Wagtail, 5 Whitethroat, 1s Grasshopper Warbler and 1s Sedge Warbler (Alan Whitehouse per today’s BARNSLEY BIRD SIGHTINGS)

DEARNE VALLEYBroomhill Flash (SE4102) – 1p+3j Great Crested Grebe, 2 Mute Swan, 26 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag, 14+8j Mallard, 9 Gadwall, 15 Tufted Duck, 2 Teal, 1+5j Pochard, 6 Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 35 Coot, 3 Moorhen, 11 Lapwing, 80+ BH Gull and 1 Buzzard (Alan Whitehouse per today’s BARNSLEY BIRD SIGHTINGS)

DEARNE VALLEY Old Moor (SE4302) – 1 Barn Owl, 2 BITTERN, 1 MARSH HARRIER, 1 MEDITERRANEAN GULL (Chris Harris per Twitter)

DEARNE VALLEYTPT (Wombwell Ings to Bolton Ings) – 9s Willow Warbler, 7s Blackcap, 6s Chiffchaff, 1s Sedge Warbler, 1s Whitethroat and 1s Song Thrush, 1 Bullfinch (Alan Whitehouse per today’s BARNSLEY BIRD SIGHTINGS)

DEARNE VALLEY Wombwell Ings (SE4102) – 5 Mute Swan, 3+2j Greylag, 3+1j Canada Geese, 15 Gadwall, 12 Mallard, 3 Tufted Duck, 1 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 20 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 21 Lapwing, 2 LRP, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Redshank, 8 BH Gull, 1 Kestrel, 3 Skylark, 6 Linnet and 1s Sedge Warbler. Duck numbers may appear low due to birds entering eclipse and so seeking cover while they moult (Alan Whitehouse per today’s BARNSLEY BIRD SIGHTINGS)

HUMBERHEAD PEATLANDSHatfield Moors area (SE7106D & SE6905X) – 2 CUCKOO , 1 Curlew, 1 LONG-EARED OWL, 7+ NIGHTJAR, 2 Tawny Owl, 1s TREE PIPIT and 2 TURTLE DOVE (Col Neale, Paul Shawcroft and Chip Rhodes). For further detail see today’s HATFIELD MOORS BIRDING BLOG

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 with warm sunshine, occasionally overcast; dry throughout. Visibility: very good throughout. Temperatures: +13.8° to +20.4°C. Wind: very light/light, mainly from the SSW, occasionally S and SW. Surface pressure at 0000UTC: starting at 1017hpa rising to 1018hPa before falling back to 1017hPa by the end of the day. Fronts etc.: a weakening E/W warm front moved N over the District at noon and an E/SW one was just SE of the District by late evening.

SURFACE PRESSURE CHART

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MOON PHASE – Full.
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