Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Cosmeston

There was a small party of Long-tailed Tits along the central path, this one allowing a snatched photo. The Common Gull was present, by the cafe boardwalk and two Flat Holm ringed gulls - LBBG F:303 blue and Herring Gull F:168 blue, both immature birds. Still a few Redwing around although reduced numbers compared with a week ago.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Cosmeston Wakeboarding proposal

Further to my post the other day about this, there is now an online petition against this proposal which needs 1000 signatures. It's climbing since I highlighted it on FB and Twitter. PLEASE SIGN:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/en-gb/environment-and-wildlife/#activist
It's at the top left of the list on the above page.
Further info discovered is that both lakes have SSSI status due to the presence of Starry Stonewort {Nitellopsis obtuse}, which is endangered in the UK and very rare in Europe. THIS IS ACTUALLY HIGHLIGHTED ON THE VoG WEB SITE! It is an underwater plant that likes lake water 1-6m deep and the lakes are ideal. Having wakeboards churning up the water with wakes is clearly going to be to the detriment of this rare plant. On top of that of course the wakes will disturb the adjacent reed habitat on E lake where we have breeding Reed & Sedge Warblers and Reed Buntings, plus Mute Swan and Great Crested Grebes.
PS here is a link to the Vale of Glamorgan web site where the SSSI status is detailed:
http://www.valeofglamorgan.gov.uk/en/enjoying/parks_and_gardens/cosmeston/cosmeston_lakes_country_park/sssi.aspx
Thanks
John

Monday, 5 December 2016

Cosmeston

Nothing new today except a fem Bullfinch, a sp I haven't seen for a while. 1 1st yr Herring Gull was by E lake with blue Darvic F:168 [white characters], a Flat Holm bird.

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Cosmeston

13 Teal, 3 Wigeon and 2 Pochard on W lake, and the usual spread of Tufties. Mistlle Thrush and Green 'Pecker in W paddock and 4 Goldcrest noted up central path. The buzzard below was sitting on the W paddock hedgerow and had some aggro from a Magpie.




Friday, 2 December 2016

Alarming news re Cosmeston

The Vale council have just announced plans for a possible cable wakeboarding facility on E lake at Cosmeston. I can't think of anything less suitable for a relatively small lake that has a resident population of up to 60 Mute Swans. some of which nest, occasionally a similar number of Canada Geese, 100's of Gulls and Coot,  and other wildfowl from autumn through to spring. Not to mention birds such and Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Reed Bunting which nest in the reed bed which no doubt would be disturbed by the wash that wakeboarding creates. If like me you've never heard of cable wakeboarding, it's like normal wakeboarding behind a speedboat except that the participant is pulled along by an overhead cable suspended between two tall gantries.  Thus these structures would grace the shore of E lake somewhere, plus the permanent obstacles in the water such as ramps and other jumps which the users have to negotiate. Please write to the Vale Council planning dept objecting to this proposal. Click here for a link to an article on the Wales Online web site.

Cosmeston

Just a couple of photos - a Common Gull by E lake and the speculae of a pair of Mallards that waddled up to me on the boardwalk expecting bread! Click each one for a bigger pic.


Cosmeston

There were 11 Teal on W lake and 3 Wigeon [2m 1f] plus a total of 73 Tufties on both lakes, 1 Common Gull on the W lake posts and later the same or different bird at the Swan feeding area on E lake.