We hope that this website will provide you with the information you need, about the West Midland Bird Club, whether you are a member — or simply not yet a member!
Thanks to the various contributors for the use of their material, and those users who have reported glitches or otherwise made constructive comments. Thanks also to the various proof- readers. Lastly, an enormous thank you to the many anonymous individuals who have contributed records of their sightings to the Annual Reports and other surveys.
This site is Copyright 2001–2008, the West Midland Bird Club. Copyright in individual contributions, including images, text and HTML markup, rests with the Club and/ or the individual contributor. Requests to use material from this site should be made, in the first instance, to the webmaster. Similarly, anybody who feels that material has been used in breach of their rights, is welcome to contact the webmaster in order that the matter may be resolved.
The Club welcomes links from other sites to this one; there is no need to ask before linking, but we do appreciate notification of such links. We link to many other websites, and would remind you that these are maintained by other organisations and that the Club accepts no responsibility for their content. Links to external sites are flagged thus: , or with an with an asterisk (*).
If you find any faults, broken links, omissions, etc., on this site, please report them by e-mailing our webmaster.
To that end, the site is designed to meet best practice HTML standards. All pages should validate , to the HTML 4.01 Strict specification.
All pages should work in any browser, in accordance with the "Any Browser " campaign.
Please see our accessibility statement.
The site uses a "Cascading Style Sheet " (CSS) to control the colour of the background and text. The CSS is also standard-compliant .
This site does not use 'cookies'.
You can subscribe to RSS feeds for our mailing lists, our bird news pages, and our 'What's New' page.
We use microsummaries to provide additional information in the bookmark titles of regularly updated pages such as What's New and our bird news pages, for users of compatible browsers (chiefly Firefox ).
Many pages on this site, including this one, use Dublin Core metadata .
Many of our pages, including this one, use "link headers ", which allow some browsers (e.g. Firefox with the cmSiteNavigation extension , or Opera ) to navigate to the next or previous page in a series, or to other special pages, such as our search or glossary sections. These headers are also used by search engines such as Google , to better index our site.
Our site has a 'siteinfo.xml' file, which provides an overview of the site structure, viewable in some bowsers.
Our site has a 'sitemap.xml' file, to help search engines index the site.
We use geographical metadata, such as ICBM headers and "geo tags ", on pages specific to one site (e.g. our page about Blithfield Reservoir). This allows some browsers (such as Firefox, with the GeoURL extension ) to automatically offer links to a number of mapping services, and allows other websites to index our pages according to location — see this page of sites near Blithfield Reservoir , for example.
We now use ‘Microformats’. To make use of them you will need to use a browser which understands them, such as Firefox with the Operator extension , or to visit a website which can decode them, as listed below.
The ‘Geo ’ microformat is used to mark up coordinates and other map references. See for example, our Belvide page.
The ‘hCard ’ microformat is used to mark up contact addresses for individuals, organisations or venues, so that they can be discovered by search engines, or downloaded directly into your computer's address-book programme, without you having to retype them. See for example, our contact page. You can also download contacts marked using hCard as ‘.vcf’ files .
The ‘hCalendar ’ microformat is used to mark up events, so that they can be discovered by search engines, or downloaded directly into your computer's calendar or diary programme, without you having to retype them. See, for example, our diary page. You can also download events marked using hCal as ‘.ics’ files .
The ‘hAtom ’ microformat is used to mark up regulalry-updated news, such as our What's New and bird news pages, so that they can be read in RSS readers.
The ‘hReview ’ microformat is used to mark up reviews, such as this one about Bramble Stout.
The ‘xFolk ’ microformat is used to mark up collections of bookmarks, such as those on our West Midlands page. We've only just started using it.
We mark up some linked keywords as "tags " with the ‘rel-tag ’ microformat — including "rel-tag" in the previous link!
The ‘Species ’ microformat is marking up the common and taxanomic names of living thuings, such as those on our Ladwyalk sightings page. Our webmaster has been involved in its development; please contact him with any queries.
We use ‘OpenURL COinS ’ metadata on some of our citations, such as this 1947 article from British Birds. This allows some browsers (e.g. Firefox, with the OpenURL Referrer extension ) to offer links to searches for the article or book concerned, on academic library websites.
Our page footers, including the footer of this page, have links to social networking sites where you can bookmark our pages and share them with other people .
Our page footers include QR codes , a type of barcode, which allow you to quickly open the page in a compatible mobile phone.
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