On Saturday Nov 16th the Welsh Ornithological Society held its 30th anniversary meeting in Aberystwyth University. Iolo Williams gave a fun-filled round up of the birds in Wales over the last 30 years, with good and bad news, but sadly most of it bad. Tim Birkhead presented a history of his long-term study of guillemots on the island of Skomer, and Mary Colwell gave a talk on the state of curlews in Wales. Towards the end of the day two awards were made, one to a young researcher, Jack Bevan, for his work on the effect of pheasants outside pheasant shooting estates, and the Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to the legendary Tony Cross for his outstanding dedication to bird ringing and recovery in Wales. Tony has been at the forefront of the work on curlews in Shropshire, monitoring, tracking and headstarting the birds and continues to be essential to their recovery.