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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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Nigel Ramsell
20 May 2024 14:35

Around Mewslade. 2 Fulmar, Whitethroats, Bullfinch, Dartford Warbler, 4 choughs (family group), dozens of Swifts plus usuals.

Jon Parker
Jon Parker
20 May 2024 08:12

Saturday morning, Kilvey Hill. Cuckoo calling, coal tit, goldcrest, GS woodpecker, greenfinch, swallow, tree pipit, willow warbler, chiffchaff, wren, robin, blackbird, gulls…

Early Sunday, Cwm Clydach, blackcap, buzzard, chiffchaff, dipper, gold crest, goosander, grey wagtail, jay, mistle thrush, song thrush, swift, wren wood pigeon, robin, blackbird.

Barbara Wadsworth-Davies
Barbara Wadsworth-Davies
19 May 2024 23:36

Cuckoo heard calling very early this morning at Fairwood Common

Paul Larkin
18 May 2024 23:23

Salthouse Point today on the HT

Curlew 4, Gannet 5 fishing in the channel, GC Grebe 25 ( surprised to see this number at this time of year)
, Shelduck 79, Ringed Plover 4, Dunlin 22

Paul Larkin
18 May 2024 10:03

A male Honey Buzzard flew in low north over the fields near Knelston just before dusk yesterday and appeared to roost in the trees at Stout Hall

Peter Douglas-Jones
17 May 2024 16:13

Two kites, together and whistling, 400 feet above Murton Post Office at 15.55.

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Daron Herbert
16 May 2024 12:47

15th May, Pontneddfechan Gunpowder Works area – 3 Wood Warbler, two Redstarts singing.
16th May, Aberdulais basin, two Spotted flycatcher.

Jeremy Douglas-Jones
12 May 2024 14:18

We were seventeen this morning walking on Margam Moors: great weather and we recorded 40 species: Grey Heron Moorhen Mute Swan Gadwall Red Kite Hobby Carrion Crow Magpie Swallow Sand Martin Chiffchaff Whitethroat Lesser Whitethroat Willow Warbler Cetti’s Warbler Blackcap Sedge Warbler Reed Warbler Wren Dunnock Robin Reed Bunting Bullfinch House Sparrow Linnet Stonechat Sky Lark Long Tailed Tit Great Tit Blue Tit Meadow Pipit Rock Pipit Blackbird Song Thrush Pheasant Wood Pigeon Herring Gull Lesser Black Backed Gull Wheatear GS Woodpecker
Thanks as again to Ed Hunter for his expert leadership.

Ed Hunter
12 May 2024 22:05

plus Spot fly and little grebe. Great walk!

Jeremy Douglas-Jones
12 May 2024 22:20
Reply to  Ed Hunter

Thanks Ed.

11 May 2024 21:40

11th May.Blaengwynfi mountain, BBS visit: pair of crossbills with male singing. Also, wood warbler, redstart, tree pipit, willow warbler, chiffchaff, blackcap, cuckoo, siskin, stonechat.

Chris Brewer
11 May 2024 20:26

male Marsh harrier at Whiteford dune slack this morning drifting back towards the burrows . up at Castell Du , the top of the estuary , 52 Black tailed Godwit and one Ruff .
Ruff and some of the Black’wits moved back down the estuary

Jon Parker
Jon Parker
11 May 2024 18:05

A couple of clear sightings of the cuckoo at Pant yr Sais, along with stonechat, sedge warbler and reed bunting, at about 2pm today.

About an hour later I heard a cuckoo in the distance at Crymlyn Burrows, plus I spotted lots of skylarks, meadow pipits and stonechats of course. A solitary ringed plover was the only wader I saw.

Nigel Ramsell
10 May 2024 19:45

4 swifts just seen screaming over Manselton. First of year

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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