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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 Eddie Hunter (goweros23@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 Eddie 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 Cetti’s warbler.

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3 November 2023 17:56

After two single Dartfords in east Pennard the other day, a pair (M & F) in west Pennard this morning. Mainly sub-gorse, but occasional glimpses as they moved.

Owain Gabb
3 November 2023 16:55

Nice male firecrest on Southward Lane, Langland this afternoon. Also a few goldcrests.

Ed Hunter
31 October 2023 18:06

At / from the Weobley track / Saltmarsh – 1 imm male Marsh Harrier, 1 ringtail Hen Harrier, 700 Golden Plover, 205 Dark bellied Brent Geese, 75 Little Egret, 4 Water Rail calling at high tide, 110 Lapwing, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Water Pipit, 12 Meadow Pipit,34 Eider 2 Cettis Warbler, 2 Kingfisher, 1 Green Sand, 1 Greenshank,100 Knot, 80 Dunlin, 3 Curlew Sandpiper(on freshwater stream out from tump )1 Otter (over toward Cwm Ivy out on saltmarsh) 2 Wheatear on the tump, one pale, one a Greenland type Also a Tern was feeding in the channel between Cwm ivy… Read more »

Stephen Chambers
Stephen Chambers
31 October 2023 16:25

A few raptors at Crofty earlier this afternoon: 2 Red Kite flying over, Peregrine eating something on one of the posts on the marsh, Merlin (F) hunting along the creeks and a Marsh Harrier (F) being mobbed by crows. Tide was low, so all waterfowl and waders were distant, but visibly good numbers of Shelduck, Oystercatcher, Redshank, Curlew, Black Tailed Godwit and Dunlin.
More raptors spotted on the outward and return journeys: 3 Buzzard over Barlands Common and a Kestrel hunting over Fairwood Common.

Nigel Ramsell
31 October 2023 14:43

Whooper Swan on Ffendrod now (14:41)

Nigel Ramsell
31 October 2023 14:47
Reply to  Nigel Ramsell

Better photo

Jamie Bevan
Jamie Bevan
31 October 2023 12:55

Male blackcap in Tycoch garden this morning, with a red admiral flying around during a rare spell of sunshine.

Chris Brewer
29 October 2023 22:07

up at Castell Du , 7 Greenshank , 22 Stock Dove coming in to roost y’day and oddly a Marsh tit calling and flying between isolated bushes on the edge of the marsh near Grove Farm pond . at least living up to its name even if the nearest mature word land some way off
140 Wigeon also

Barry Stewart
27 October 2023 19:21

Counts at Wernffrwd this evening included 987 Pintail & 160 Dark-bellied Brent

26 October 2023 11:36

Single Dartfords in two locations on Pennard cliffs yesterday morning. On Tuesday morning near Pobbles, 7 swallows flying E, 16 log-tailed tits, and a GSW well away from any trees.

Paul Larkin
25 October 2023 22:51

Castell Du this morning. Greenshank 2, Ringed Plover 6, Merlin 1 brown bird sunning itself on a fallen tree for 20 mins (presumably the same bird seen at Bwlchymydd the other day), Curlew 1, Little Grebe 5. This afternoon. Broughton Bay. Common Scoter 604 in the bay. Oddly mostly drakes. A quick check on a couple of rafts suggest 10:1 drakes/ducks, GC Grebe 1. From the car park west of Dalton’s Point 28 GC Grebe drifted up with the tide, as yesterday no other grebe sp seen. Llanrhidian Marsh. Hen Harrier 3, two ringtails and a grey male hunting together.… Read more »

Justin Gillings
Justin Gillings
25 October 2023 18:48

Llanrhidian Marsh – 2 Hen Harrier (adult male and pale ringtail – imm male perhaps?) @ 16:30-16:45. 1 GWE also.

Cefn Bryn – Male HH left marsh in this direction but no sign. A Kestrel and a flock of c.80 Redwing over.

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Owain Gabb
25 October 2023 08:56

Yesterday 3 firecrests in Langland. These included a bird ringed in October (28th) last year and recaptured yesterday.
This morning a yellow-browed warbler on West Cliff, Southgate (per Richard Dann)

Owain Gabb
7 February 2024 08:50

Dear All We are now in the breeding season. For Schedule 1 species at risk of disturbance at the nest, we need to ensure that any sightings do not provide information that may lead to their disturbance. This includes cliff-nesting species such as Dartford warbler and chough which have been targeted by photographers (some of whom have used tape lures) in recent years, and species expanding their range / becoming locally commoner in some parts of the recording area such as red kite and goshawk. Please be aware of this in your posting. A list of Schedule 1 species that… Read more »

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