Volunteers Sign-up for BBS

An enjoyable joint east and west Glamorgan BBS Training Day took place at Kenfig National Nature Reserve on 18 March.  Eleven volunteers were introduced to the BBS (Breeding Bird Survey), its background and methodology.  A couple of sessions on the reserve, demonstrated the practical aspects of plotting transect routes and recording birds and habitat along... Continue Reading →

Wales Chats Survey Launched

Results from the BTO/JNCC/RSPB Breeding Bird Survey show that Stonechat numbers fell sharply after the last two cold winters, while Whinchat and Wheatear have shown declines in both range and numbers.  Wales is one of the UK strongholds for these species. Can You Help? This spring, BTO Cymru is launching an online survey which will look in... Continue Reading →

Thinking of Surveying for the First Time?

At the risk of sounding a little bit like an estate agent I have just ‘discovered’ a very desirable new Wetland Birds Survey (WeBS) site in East Glamorgan, which I would recommend as an attractive proposition for any ‘first-time surveyor’. I came across Talygarn Fish Pond (ST033797), which lies just south of the M4 near... Continue Reading →

Spring is Here!

It may be a day late this year, but its 1 March, Daffodils are blooming and the sun is out.  Many resident species are in the throws of breeding. Song Thrushes, Great and Coal tits have been singing for a few weeks.  Promiscuous female Dunnocks are courting, Dippers are nest building and our first migrants... Continue Reading →

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