Getting to know your nesting neighbours

Many of us, I’m sure, over the last few weeks, have seen birds carrying nest material or even food for those early broods of chicks. It’s a fantastic sight, isn’t it? This spring, in my garden in Cardiff, I’ve been lucky enough to have a pair of Dunnocks and Blackbirds nesting. I usually have Blue... Continue Reading →

BTO Nest Record Scheme Taster Day, 2017

Have you ever considered becoming a BTO nest recorder but felt unsure about how to get started? The BTO’s Nest Record Scheme (NRS) gathers vital information on the breeding success of Britain’s birds by asking volunteers to find and follow the progress of individual birds’ nests. There are currently only around eight or nine active... Continue Reading →

2017: New Year, New Challenge?

Blwyddyn Newydd Dda/Happy New Year to you all and a big Thank You to everybody who took part in a BTO survey here in ‘East Glamorgan’ in 2016. Here’s wishing you all a bird-filled 2017. OK, so it’s a little bit cheesy, if not totally obvious, to be writing a blog about New Year’s Resolutions... Continue Reading →

Roath Park’s Waterbirds Need You

Some birders’ names are synonymous with particular well-known local birding sites.  If you look back through old copies of the Eastern Glamorgan Bird Report you’ll notice that the wildfowl and waterbirds of Roath Park Lake in Cardiff have been counted regularly for many years. Most of those records since 2001 will have come from two... Continue Reading →

Mass Exodus from Back Garden

It’s as if somebody’s flicked the ‘Off’ switch this week in my back garden in Whitchurch, Cardiff. Up until last weekend I could almost guarantee seeing a bird or two out there if I was willing to wait no more than around 5 minutes. But now, it’s almost completely deserted for most of the day.... Continue Reading →

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