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Tuesday, 4 December 2012
John your eyes did not deceive you... I just forgot to get round to
labelling it. This illustrates exactly what I said to you yesterday and
what Mike and I have been saying about the importance of Rhaslas Pond as
a migration stop off point and thus the harm done by the 2011 bird
report failing to record efficiently the birds 'to the north of the
county' (all be it accidentally). If we dont stop the open cast plans...
Rhaslas and the adjacent moorland, currently holding a sizable number of
wintering Short Eared Owls, Hen Harrier and Red Kite, regular wintering
flocks of Diving Ducks and Dabbling Ducks, with the occassional inland
rarity such as Common Scoter, Long Tailed Duck or a pair of
Black-necked Grebe in summer plumage in a similar habitat to the
Scottish lochans where they still breed, not to mention breeding Curlew,
Lapwing, Snipe, Common Sandpiper and Little Ringed Plover!!! I urge GBC
and all birders to get behind the fight to save Rhaslas Pond. RSPB can
not be trusted.... they have colluded with the Opencast Company with a
'Heads of the Valley Lapwing Strategy' that isnt worth the paper it is
printed on. Even Iolo appears to be on the side of the Opencast. I hope
his warm words on his TV show were not coloured by the pretty little
Welsh speaking Ecologist working for the Opencast.""
Interesting reading indeed.I think Geri highlights the need to save this important site.Nice one Geri for bringing this to everyone's attention.