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 Brynsadler, while out searching for potential new WeBS sites in East Glamorgan last weekend. It is a large, shallow, man-made fish pond constructed I’d say around the late 19th/early 20th century. Surrounded by woodland it also has fringed with some reed. It is c. 50 metres at its widest point and c. 250 metres long.
While I was there I recorded: Mute Swan (pair); Gadwall (pair); Teal (3 pairs); Mallard (18); Moorhen (9) and Coot (17). I was told by the owners of the site that they also regularly see: Canada Goose, Goosander, Little Grebe (breeding), Grey Heron, Water Rail and Kingfisher, as well as breeding Reed Bunting and Reed Warbler. I would say it has the potential to attract small numbers of several other species of wildfowl too and possibly Snipe.
The site can be viewed from one side from a public footpath (the Valeways Millennium Heritage Trail), but, the owners have also opened a permissive path around most of it which includes a handy stone footbridge from where you can see most of the pond. I’m delighted to say that the owners have also very kindly agreed to allow access to the very southern end of the fish pond (not viewable from the paths) to whoever takes on the role of WeBS counter at this site.
I intend to recce some more potential new sites across the region over the coming weeks. I’ll post more details on this website in due course.