State of Birds in Wales, 2010
The latest edition of the annual report State of Birds in Wales has just been published. It draws heavily on the wide range of BTO surveys undertaken by volunteers in Wales.
There’s a wealth of information to discover, with sections on seabirds, wintering waders, rare breeders and widespread breeders.
Population changes for species are outlined. Golden Plover is now a rare breeder in our country, and both Starling and Swift have seen declines of 50% or more since the mid-1990s. Notably, Stonechats have doubled in number, which may be just as well, given the harsh winter we’ve just come through.
Mediterranean Gulls look set to follow Little Egrets in becoming a breeding bird in Wales. That’s probably no surprise to our colleagues in West Glamorgan, who see this species throughout the year, most notably around Bracelet Bay.