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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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Josh Greatorex-Davies
27 April 2024 21:43

5 (possibly 6) singing Wood Warblers this morning at Dyffryn Woods and Coed Maesmelin.

Roy Harris
27 April 2024 09:13

Yesterday evening at Brunel dock and the tidal area further down river. Pair of Shelduck. 13 Curlew. 3 Oystercatcher. 2 Cormorant. 1 lone Swift flying high over the river mouth. Skylarks. 3 Wheatear. Kestrel. Collared dove. Wood Pigeon . Carrion crow. Jackdaw. LBBG. BBG Blackbirds (singing wonderfully)

Clive powell
26 April 2024 17:29

First wood warblers of the year, in forestry in the Crynant area today.
At least five different birds active.

Peter Douglas-Jones
25 April 2024 11:24

Brynfield Road, nest box attached to fence. I was making an imperfect record of blue tits coming and going with nesting material. House sparrow pair 18 inches away from nest box on the fence at 11.17 seen to mate seven times in the space of 30 seconds approx.

Alan Seago
25 April 2024 11:17

Small party of Whimbrel resting on cliff top at Pwll du Head 24/04/24 at 2.00pm before flying across the bay towards Oxwich

Jeremy Douglas-Jones
24 April 2024 09:39

GOS field trip to Ham wall yesterday
Ten members ventured to Ham Wall in Somerset for a very successful day’s birding.  We found 67 species, the highlights being several pairs of Marsh Harrier, four kestrels, and three Hobbies.  Great and Cattle Egrets but no Littles.  Good views of Glossy Ibis; Bitterns not showing, but booming all over Ham Wall and Shapwick reserves. Summer visitors included 6 species of warbler and good numbers of Swallow, Swift and House and Sand Martins.

Ham Wall Group.jpg
23 April 2024 23:06

Osprey Llanrhidian/Leason (close in on Marsh) 2.30pm 23/04/24…Also Wheatear Llanrhidian marsh and Weobley track out to Post…

Heather Coats
Heather Coats
23 April 2024 13:34

On my way to Hirfynydd to do my Breeding Bird Survey, I heard my first Grasshopper warbler of the year. Had the expected birds on the BBS: Willow warbler, Chiffchaff, Robin, Wren, Mistle and Song thrush, Coal and Great tit, Siskin. An addition to the list were 2, presumably a pair, of Long tailed tits.

Clive powell
23 April 2024 16:34
Reply to  Heather Coats

Good news on the grasshopper warbler Heather, myself and my wife Janet, heard, and seen one, on the track up to the gorse covered hillside, on the way over Crynant Common, a couple of days ago….

Jeremy Douglas-Jones
21 April 2024 18:48

Osprey reported near Crickton Farm, Llanrhidian this morning. Probably a migrant on passage. Per Dill Peeling.

Dil Peeling
Dil Peeling
21 April 2024 22:16

Yes. It was 8am at what3words ///enveloped.meanders.clownfrom 
It was just taking off from a post as I drove by, so it gave me a really nice, but brief view of itself.

Dil Peeling
Dil Peeling
22 April 2024 07:21
Reply to  Dil Peeling

Oops. That’s ///enveloped.meanders.clown

21 April 2024 13:27

20.April 14 wheatears Hardings Down, pair of shelduck next to pond near Scurlage.

Nigel Ramsell
21 April 2024 11:14

Dipper at Ffendrod Lake weir. Flew into bank

Owain Gabb
21 April 2024 07:15

Oxwich Marsh: lesser redpoll, good numbers of siskin (breeding around the marsh – but no sign of first brood young yet) and a few lingering snipe yesterday morning. Whitethroat now holding territory, and at least two grasshopper warblers reeling.
Whimbrel over mid-morning.

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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 3 months ago by Owain Gabb