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Guidelines for Reporting Rarities and Submission of Annual Records
Detailed records of nationally or locally rare species (guidance on these is here) should be sent to the County Recorder Rob Jones (goweros10@gmail.com) as soon as possible after the sighting. An appropriate description should be provided of the species, your previous experience of it (and similar species), the circumstances and weather conditions in which the sighting occurred and any other pertinent information (such as photos). He will then circulate to the local or national records committee as relevant.

Day to day observations, including of nest sites, flocks of birds and species of local interest, should be collated in the Annual Record Form and sent to Rob as an email attachment following each calendar year. Receiving these by the end of January is ideal as an early start can then be made on compiling the annual report.


Please could we ask that detailed locational information that may lead to the disturbance of the nest sites of species listed under Schedule 1 of the Wildlife & Countryside Act (1981) is omitted from any posts. This may otherwise lead to an offence being committed.

Schedule 1 species that regularly breed in the recording area are Dartford warbler, chough, honey buzzard, crossbill, goshawk, kingfisher, hobby, red kite, barn owl, peregrine, little ringed plover and Cettiā€™s warbler.

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Owain Gabb
11 August 2022 08:13

Oxwich yesterday: grasshopper warbler (juv) first thing, garden warbler. Evening roost of c. 2000 swallows with very small numbers of sand martin. c. 200 starling also present.

Ed Hunter
Ed Hunter
9 August 2022 23:14

Great to find a small cluster of migrants in the Neath valley yday near Resolven which held 2 Spot Flycatcher, a Pied Flycatcher – something I cannot recall seeing away from the breeders in the far north of the valley in Powys, 2 luminous yellow Juvenile Willow Warblers and 4 Chiffchaff. All Associating together using some wires to fly-catch. Nice group of 30 House Martin and 20 Swallow too.

Owain Gabb
9 August 2022 08:58

Oxwich Marsh: young grasshopper warbler, and a vocal greenshank over first thing.

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