Welsh Bird Report 2011

This little beauty plopped down on my doorstep a couple of days ago.  The new edition of Birds in Wales includes the 25th Welsh Bird Report, which summarises bird records from across the country for 2011.
Birds in Wales

What I like about this report, published by the Welsh Ornithological Society (WOS), is that it enables you to put our Eastern Glamorgan sightings into a Welsh context.  I found the wildfowl section particularly interesting because it takes it a step further and examines the Welsh counts from a UK and an international perspective.

As well as a Systematic List of bird species and records it also includes: a report, written by Peter Howlett,  on bird ringing in Wales in 2011; a summary of selected ringing recoveries and an article by Nick Moran about BirdTrack.

You can buy a copy of the Welsh Bird Report from WOS for £8.  But, a far better idea would be to join WOS (£15 pa for individuals), because you’ll then receive two issues a year of Birds in Wales, one of which includes the annual Welsh Bird Report. You may also choose to receive the WOS bi-monthly e-newsletter as well as get a discount on attendance of the Annual Conference. A bargain!

If Your New Year’s Resolution Was to Add Value to Your Birding . . .

For the past 14 years Caerphilly Castle Moat has been counted for the Wetland Birds Survey (WeBS) by one counter – Marie Makepeace. During that period, the vast majority of the wildfowl data for this site that you may have seen tabulated in the annual Eastern Glamorgan Bird Report have come from  Marie’s counts.

That’s a tremendous effort for one person. But, sadly, Marie has informed me today that she intends to stand down as the WeBS counter for this site. There aren’t many WeBS counters who have given such long service and I’d like to thank Marie for her dedication and for her invaluable contribution to this survey, and to the gathering of local bird data.

Caerphilly Castle Moat
Caerphilly Castle Moat

This means of course that a vacancy has arisen as a WeBS counter at Caerphilly Castle Moat. Would you like to take it on? If you’ve never done a bird survey before, WeBS is a great place to start.  It’s the survey that monitors non-breeding waterbirds in the UK and all you need is the ability to identify common waterbirds and to count the birds at your nominated wetland site once a month between September and March (and, although optional, any additional months between April and August too if you can make them).

You can find out more about the WeBS survey locally and some more detail about how to do the survey.

If your New Year’s Resolution for 2013 was to add value to your birding this could be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for.  If you’re interested in taking on Caerphilly Castle Moat for WeBS, or if you know of another wetland site which you may be interested in monitoring, please get in touch for a no obligation chat.

Daniel Jenkins-Jones
WeBS Local Organiser for East Glamorgan
t: 029 20 621394
e: eastglamwebs@gmail.com

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