Volunteers required for a breeding Rook surveys 

Two Rook surveys are being held alongside each other during the springs of 2022 and 2023 with the aim of gaining a better understanding of the population and distribution of this familiar, yet declining member of the crow family breeding here in East Glamorgan and across Wales.   These surveys are being led by the... Continue Reading →

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 →

Your Holiday Records Needed

Fieldwork for the European Breeding Bird Atlas 2 concludes this summer.  EBBA2 will map the distribution and abundance of Europe’s 500+ breeding species across more than 50 countries. Huge progress has been made already, but your records are still needed to fill gaps in coverage. Some of the countries where gaps exist, including Portugal, Greece... Continue Reading →

Help needed for House Martins

The return of the familiar House Martin is one of the highlights of spring.  But will it be a familiar sight for future generations? In recent years, the numbers breeding in the UK have fallen by two-thirds, leading to the species being amber listed as a bird of conservation concern and in need of some... Continue Reading →

BTO National Nest Box Week 2016

“For this was sent on Seynt Valentyne's day When every foul cometh ther to choose his mate." --Chaucer-- There was a popular belief in England and France during the Middle Ages that birds started to look for their mates on February 14, Valentine’s Day. The reason for this assumption is not clear but it might... Continue Reading →

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