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Gower Birds Recording Sheet (XLS)


Guidelines for Submission of Records

Records required: all records of rare and scarce species. All breeding records. Counts: waders and wildfowl, wintering flocks, gull roosts, migrating birds, seabird passage, etc. Early and late dates for migrants. Large and unusual numbers of common species, eg birds at roosts. Details of ringed birds. Escapes and releases with any notes which may be relevant to their origin, e.g. coloured leg rings, jesses, etc, and anything else which you may think is of interest.

Welsh Records Panel

The Welsh Records Panel considers records of all scarce species in Wales. The current WRP list is shown below. Only records of these species adjudicated and accepted by the Panel are published in the Welsh Bird Report.

It is helpful if descriptions of WRP species are submitted as soon as possible after the sighting, via the County Recorder Rob Jones (

Taiga Bean Goose, Tundra Bean Goose, American Wigeon, Green-winged Teal, Ring-necked Duck, Ferruginous Duck, Lesser Scaup, Surf Scoter, Smew, White-billed Diver, Cory’s Shearwater, Great Shearwater, Wilson’s Petrel, Red-necked Grebe, Night Heron, Cattle Egret, Purple Heron, White Stork, Glossy Ibis, Black Kite, White-tailed Eagle, Montagu’s Harrier, Rough-legged Buzzard, Golden Eagle, Red-footed Falcon, Corncrake, Spotted Crake, Crane, Stone Curlew, American Golden Plover, Kentish Plover, Temminck’s Stint, White-rumped Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Red-necked Phalarope, Ring-billed Gull, Caspian Gull, White-winged Black Tern, Alpine Swift, Bee-eater, Golden Oriole, Red-backed Shrike, Woodchat Shrike, Bearded Tit, Short-toed Lark, Shore Lark, Red-rumped Swallow, Red-throated Pipit, Tawny Pipit, Greenish Warbler, Dusky Warbler, Radde’s Warbler, Pallas’s Warbler, Barred Warbler, Icterine Warbler, Melodious Warbler, Aquatic Warbler, Marsh Warbler, Blyth’s Reed Warbler, Subalpine Warbler, Rose-coloured Starling, Nightingale, Bluethroat, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Penduline Tit, Citrine Wagtail, Tawny Pipit, Olive-backed Pipit, Serin, Common Redpoll, Arctic Redpoll, Common Rosefinch, Corn Bunting, Cirl Bunting, Ortolan Bunting, Rustic Bunting and Little Bunting.

And races: Black Brant Goose – nigricans, Iceland Gull – kumlieni, Common Guillemot – hyperborean, Razorbill – torda, Little Auk – polaris, Great Spotted Woodpecker – major, Grey-headed Wagtail – thunbergi, Siberian Chiffchaff – abietinus and tristis, Treecreeper – familiaris, Coal Tit – ater, Jay – glandarius, Jackdaw – monedula, Redpolls – islandia/rostrata and Bullfinch – pyrrhula. PDF copy of this list is available as a download from the Birds in Wales website

Glamorgan Rarities Committee

The Glamorgan Rarities Committee (GRC) considers records of all locally scarce species in Glamorgan. The current GRC list is shown below. It is the intention of this report to show clearly which GRC list species have been properly assessed. All records that have been assessed and accepted by GRC will be shown.

It is helpful if descriptions of GRC species are submitted as soon as possible after the sighting, via the County Recorder Rob Jones ( Occasionally further descriptive notes may be requested at the discretion of the Recorder for more common species for colour variants, out-of-season sightings and unusually large numbers, etc.

Scarce species (assessed by GRC) are species that are sufficiently common to avoid need of a description to BBRC or WRP yet scarce enough to warrant care in recording the record officially in Glamorgan. The full list of species which the Committee considers is as follows:

Great White Egret (away from Burry Inlet), Whooper Swan, Bewick’s Swan, Greater White-fronted Goose, Pink-footed Goose, Barnacle Goose, Garganey, Red-crested Pochard, Velvet Scoter, Ruddy Duck, Red Grouse, Black Grouse, Black-throated Diver, Red-necked Grebe, Slavonian Grebe (except records from Burry Est.), Black-necked Grebe, Sooty Shearwater, Balearic Shearwater, Leach’s Petrel, Eurasian Spoonbill, Honey Buzzard, Avocet, Dotterel, Wood Sandpiper, Grey Phalarope, Pomarine Skua, Long-tailed Skua, Sabine’s Gull, Iceland Gull, Glaucous Gull, Roseate Tern, Black Guillemot, Little Auk, Puffin (except records between Oxwich Bay to Whiteford Point), Turtle Dove, Long-eared Owl, Hoopoe, Wryneck, Waxwing, Richard’s Pipit, Water Pipit (non-estuarine records only), Yellow-browed Warbler, Great Grey Shrike, Hooded Crow, Tree Sparrow, Twite, Lapland Bunting.

And races: Blue-headed Wagtail – flava, Rock Pipit – littoralis. Also, any species not previously recorded in the Area.

Please report rarities to the appropriate records committee within hours rather than days. Routine reports at the year-end should come to GOS ideally by 31st January for the preceding recording year.