Not Even a Coal Tit

This morning I took advantage of a break in the rain and headed for the hills to carry out my first core square count for the Winter Thrushes Survey. Mynydd William Meyrick (SS9592) is fairly typical in these parts, being covered in part by a conifer plantation and neighbouring upland moor, so my hopes of seeing... Continue Reading →

Seasonal Greetings to All Our Members & Volunteers

Good wishes to all local members and volunteers who contributed to the wide range of BTO surveys run in our region over the course of 2012! Its been a good year despite some of the challenges the weather presented over the summer. Spring 2012, saw BTO Cymru launch the Wales Chat Survey, and we covered... Continue Reading →

The State of Birds in Wales, 2012

Drawing heavily on the wide range of BTO surveys undertaken by volunteers in Wales, the latest edition of The State of Birds in Wales has been published.  It marks the milestone of 10 years of reporting the fortunes of our bird populations. BBS indices for 1995–2010 show that of the 51 native species widespread enough to be reported on individually, 16 had increased... Continue Reading →

Do Blackcaps Visit Your Garden in Winter?

Though noted as a summer migrant, Blackcaps that breed in central Europe are spending the winter with us in increasing numbers, benefitting from garden bird foods.  What exactly are they eating, and is their aggressive reputation true? On New Year’s Day 2013 the BTO launches its Garden Blackcap Survey, a behavioural study of Blackcaps in... Continue Reading →

Successful Swanwick

Over the weekend I was: Motivated by tales of individuals committed to adding to our knowledge of birds through conducting their own ‘citizen science’. Moved by the story of the demise of the curlew in Ireland (now down to fewer than 200 pairs) Entertained by predictions of birding in 20 years’ time. Amazed at the... Continue Reading →

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