Atlas Late Breeding Evidence

With Atlas fieldwork for the timed counts (TTVs) now complete, efforts can now focus on looking for confirmed breeding evidence over the remainder of the season. Late nesting species like Yellowhammer, Spotted Flycatcher, Bullfinch and House Martin are still breeding so look out for adults carrying food for young, occupied nests or recently fledged young. Other species such as... Continue Reading →

Irish Curlews Crash

Between 1995-2008, Curlew has suffered a decline of 46% as a breeding bird in Wales (1).  News has now emerged from Ireland of a dramatic decrease in their population of breeding Curlews over the last twenty years. During the last Breeding Atlas, in 1988-91, the Irish population of Curlews was estimated at around 5,000 pairs.... Continue Reading →

Ringing Report 2010 Published

BTO Annual Ringing Report for 2010 has been published today. In Glamorgan, 6028 birds were ringed with 163 birds recovered*. In line, with the UK norm, Blue Tit is the species most ringed with 740. Recovery data always makes interesting reading, and here's a few select records: A Knot ringed at Rumney Great Wharf in... Continue Reading →

Avian Poxvirus

Avian poxvirus has been reported widely in the news recently as the disease quickly spreads across the UK. It has been around for a few years, but we are now witnessing particularly severe symptoms in Great Tits and other parids. BTO provides information about diseases in garden birds and what measures you can take to... Continue Reading →

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