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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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Lukas Le Grice
24 March 2024 14:15

This morning at Mewslade a group of at least 30 Yellowhammer moving through and feeding as well as 8 Chiffchaff. Also 3 Red Kite, 2 Buzzard, 2 Peregrine Falcon and 1 Kestrel.

Josh Greatorex-Davies
23 March 2024 20:49

A flock of 8 Yellowhammers just south of Scurlage today. Also a flock of 16 Stock Doves south of Pilton Green, with more seen near Middleton.

Alastair Flannagan
Alastair Flannagan
23 March 2024 17:07

First Swallow of the year for me by the River Tawe, Ynystawe. Also, singing Willow Warbler at Swansea Vale, one of my earliest ever records at this location.

Jeremy Douglas-Jones
23 March 2024 14:30

Penllergare Valley Woods walk today: 25 turned out for a good morning’s walk. 33 species found. Thanks again to Rob Taylor for his expertise…

Grey Wagtail Dipper  Kingfisher  Canada Goose Little Grebe Coot  Cormorant  Mallard  Moorhen  Song Thrush Mistle Thrush Blue Tit Coal Tit Great Tit Great Spotted Woodpecker Blackbird  Chaffinch  Chiffchaff  Dunnock  Goldcrest  Goldfinch  Nuthatch  Robin  Siskin  Treecreeper  Wren  Carrion Crow Jackdaw  Jay  Magpie  Wood Pigeon Buzzard  Lesser Black Backed Gull

Jamie Bevan
Jamie Bevan
23 March 2024 13:22

Wintering male blackcap is still around my Tycoch garden, although less reliant and bossy with the bird feeders recently.

Jess Stone
Jess Stone
22 March 2024 18:24

Just watched a Ringtail go down in Llanrhidian Marsh and not come back up, so I assume she is roosting.

Jamie Bevan
Jamie Bevan
23 March 2024 16:58
Reply to  Jess Stone

Interesting. I was regularly following hen harriers at Llanrhidian Marsh a few years ago. Typically 2, 3, or 4 birds coming in to roost at dusk, usually communally in slightly raised bramble area beyond Llanrhidian village. They do a typical half-corkscrew thing as they drop down to roost. I was talking to birder at Llanrhidian Marsh recently who said they no longer roost at Llanrhidian Marsh – more over Llangennith / Broughton way. There would also be 1, 2, up to 3 birds coming in to roost at Oxwich Marsh. Without being at different roost sites at the same, difficult… Read more »

Nigel Ramsell
22 March 2024 15:58

Mewslade to Rhossili Coastguards.

In the valley, 2 Red Kite, 2 Buzzard, Kestrel, Chiffchaff
On walk over, lots of Linnets, Dunnock and Stonechat.
1 Dartford Warbler, 2 Chough, Raven.1 Wheatear in Fall Bay on coast grass strip

No Fulmars on usual cliff nesting site.

Last edited 4 months ago by Nigel Ramsell
Jess Stone
Jess Stone
22 March 2024 10:17

There is a male HH on the ground out on Llanrhidian Marsh preening right now

Elizabeth Reed
20 March 2024 17:55

Sorry the great video wouldn’t load . Male Sparrow Hawk was terrorising small birds in a bush near our bird feeder for about 15 minutes

Elizabeth Reed
20 March 2024 17:49

Persistence pays off .. this was one of 4 attempts !! He eventually flushed out a Coal Tit.

Francoise Vimpany
Francoise Vimpany
20 March 2024 10:31

Spotted curlews 20 to 30 and oystercatcher on ashleigh Road swansea

Owain Gabb
20 March 2024 08:24

Oxwich Bay: 1 red-throated diver, a few great crested grebe and the flock of (several hundred) common scoter off Southgate this morning. Waders on the foreshore limited to a few oystercatchers.

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 »

Last edited 5 months ago by Owain Gabb