Thursday, 17 December 2015

Bird Report 2014

East Glam Bird Report 2014 update. I have just heard from the printer and the glue binding is in progress. Expected back at the printers poss tomorrow so there's an outside chance we might get it posted b4 Christmas although obviously no telling when it might arrive. John Wilson

Stop press - delivered 251 reports to my local PO this morning so they will be going out as soon as he has printed off an applied the 251 postage labels. Thank you for your patience - it's been a long haul this year.
Stop stop press: People seem to be receiving their 2014 Bird Reports in the post now so it is timely for me to highlight and apologise for a couple of errors. In the photos opposite p.8 the middle image of 2 Black-throated Divers was actually taken by Hayden Lack, and not Paul Denning. The original caption was correct in the mock-ups sent to the printer and I missed spotting the mistake in the proof so a public apology from me to Hayden. Also re Hooded Crow, p.44. This bird was only seen on 30th Apr and was actually found by Dean Bolt, and not Graham Roblin. Graham photographed the bird later on 30th but the date in his records that we received was erroneous [29th not 30th]. Again this one slipped through the net and should have been spotted. Both Hayden and Dean have been contacted and apologised to personally. Also the re photos opposite p.62 - I believe the Long-tailed Duck was in fact the one at The Knap - Barry, and not Porthkerry.

Monday, 30 November 2015

Indoor meeting Tues 1st Dec

On Tues 1st [i.e. tomorrow as I write] there's an indoor meeting at KNNR 7:45 p.m. when Richard Smith will be giving an illustrated talk on the nature reserves of Central India - Tadoba, Pench, Kanha and Satpura. Shd be very interesting. Don't let the weather put you off!

Monday, 28 September 2015

First indoor meeting of 2015

A reminder. In case you haven't checked your programme card recently or the web site, the first indoor meeting of this year takes place  on TUES 6TH OCT. I will be giving a presentation on a trip some of us did to Sri Lanka in March last year. It's nearly finished and although I say it myself, it'll be a cracking show!  KNNR 7:45 prompt so we don't run on too late.

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

EGBR 2014

.....  the saga continues and I struggle on. More spp done today and I've just had a count up - only 39 more species to summarise!!!! omg. Richard Smith has chosen all the photos and sent them to me so thanks Richard. Ringing reports next to chase up. We're away for 11 days to the end of this month and we go to Canada for 2 weeks at the beginning of Sept, so not a lot is going to be done I'm afraid.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Next field trip

The next field trip is to the Blorenge Mountain by Abergavenny, on Weds 5th Aug, hoping to see, inter alia, Red Grouse. I will be away so Alan Rosney will lead. He is not back until late on 4th, so if you are intending to go please be at St Margaret's Rd at 09:30, or if you want to go straight there, the meet point will be the Foxhunter car park by the pylons here: . It might be an idea to leave a message on Alan's land line if you are going to be at St Margaret's Rd. His number is on the contacts page on the main web site. John Wilson

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Sluice Farm/RGW

New sea defences between Sluice Farm & RGW, along the Rhosog Fawr reen. Work hasn't started yet, but preparations are on-going. The seawall path is closed between Sluice Farm & county boundary, although I went through no problem, crutches and all. Reading the bumph, it states a Tabb's Gout, which I take to be the small inlet more commonly known as the Sluice outlet of the Torwick reen.

Friday, 19 June 2015

Llanishen Res. Update

Llanishen Res, taken on 17/06/2015. Extent of water since last photos taken back in Sept. (see previous posting). I was told that the sluice gates are closed because of the blockage of branches & weeds etc. This is due to be cleaned and the water slowly let out. When this will happen is unknown at present. There were signs of breeding Mallard, Coot, Moorhen & Little Grebe, also several Tufted Duck were seen but no proof of any breeding. The Reservoir is out of bounds to all, however Lisvane can still be viewed from the carpark area. The gates surrounding the reservoirs are still closed to all.

Monday, 27 April 2015


Don't forget the AGM is TONIGHT [Tues 28th] at 19:30 at the KNNR reserve centre. There will be a quiz and free refreshments afterwards. The minutes of the last year's AGM and the accounts for 2014 - 2015 are linked to from the main web site home page - scroll down to upcoming events for GBC.

Monday, 20 April 2015

Big Birdng Day at KNNR

Don't forget it's the 5th of our "Big Birding Days" at KNNR this coming Sunday 26th Apr. It will start at 10 a.m. and carry on until 4 p.m. There will be guided bird walk[s], plant stall, book stall, moth trap, butterfly walk, quiz, cake stall [of the "Mrs Wilson's exceedingly good" sort] and other refreshments, and some children's activities. Do come along [help on the stalls would be welcome].

Thursday, 9 April 2015

EGBR 2014

Well it's under way - I have just finished summarising the Gulls/Skuas/Terns/Auks section and I know Alan Rosney has nearly finished his section. I only have 4 volunteers this year [to whom I am eternally grateful], but there are 12 sections in all. If there's anyone else out there who can handle a spreadsheet and feels they have a good enough turn of phrase to produce summaries of the sort that you see in the report, do please get in touch with me. You can see what species each section comprises by looking at the title page of the last report.

Saturday, 21 March 2015


The Glamorgan Bird Club AGM will be held on Tues 28th April. Here is the official notice:


The Glamorgan Bird Club’s 2015 Annual General Meeting will take place on Tuesday 28th April 2015 at 7.45 pm at Kenfig National Nature Reserve centre


1. Minutes of the 2014 Annual General Meeting held on Tuesday 29th April 2014
2. Chairperson’s Report on behalf of the Trustees
3. Treasurer’s Report and adoption of annual audited accounts
4. Election of officers
a) Chair
Adrian Murch was elected in 2012 so must stand down. Adrian can be re-elected if willing to stand.
b) Treasurer
Anne Wilson was elected in 2012 so must stand down. Anne can be re-elected if willing to stand.
c) Secretary
Ceri Jones was appointed by the Committee in February 2015 and must stand down. Ceri can be elected if willing to stand.
5. Election of other Committee members (please see note below)
6. Appointment of Auditor.
7. Any motions submitted for debate
8. Any Other Business

The membership status of Committee members is as follows:

Years served
Strinda Davies
Two years left of 3 year term
David Carrington
Must stand down. Can be re-elected if willing to stand
Paul Denning
Must stand down. Can be re-elected if willing to stand
Alan Rosney
Must stand down. Can be re-elected if willing to stand
Paul Roberts
One year left of 3 year term
John Wilson
One year left of 3 year term

In accordance with the Club’s constitution nominations for members of the
committee can only be made by full members of the Club and, if submitted in
writing, should be with the Secretary at least 5 days before the AGM. Nominations can also be taken from the floor at the AGM itself.

All nominations and any motions for debate must be proposed and seconded by
full members of the Club, in writing if before the meeting, signed by all parties,
and sent to the secretary, Ceri Jones by email to
or by post to 26, Smithies Avenue, Sully, Vale of Glamorgan CF64 5SS.

Following the AGM there will be a quiz and refreshments will be provided.

We look forward to seeing as many members as possible at the AGM.

Monday, 23 February 2015

Photos for the East Glamorgan Bird Report 2014

Its that time of year again when I am encouraging local photographers (and there are now so many) to support the East Glamorgan Bird Report 2014 by submitting their work for possible inclusion.
I am only interested in HIGH QUALITY shots depicting birds taken in Eastern Glamorgan in the calendar year 2014 complete with location and date.
The preferred format is on CD mailed to my address - after first contacting me on email at
You are probably aware that there is a 'hard core' of picture providers each year but I am always interested in displaying the work of newcomers that meet the following requirements.
What am I looking for:
High Quality pictures preferably not edited too much capable of being used by our printer. Basically the more pixels the better.
Rarities photographs serve as a record of occurrence and may not be subject to the higher  standards  required for non rarities. These will always be included.
Excellent photographs of birds that are not regularly submitted or indeed photographed that often e.g Grey Partridge, Wood Warbler (see last year)
Uncommon birds that have not appeared regularly in the reports in recent years for example Snow Buntings, Bitterns and Purple sandpipers are annually submitted but not included every year. However shots that depict these birds very well or engaging in interesting activity are more appealing and may 'force' there way in.
I do NOT want to see photographs of birds included on Schedule One that have been taken without licence, have possibly caused disturbance of breeding pairs or have prevented a distressed or weakened bird from recovering its health.
So contact me if you think you have something that I would be interested in
Richard Smith.

Sunday, 22 February 2015

The fate of Flat Holm has been decided! Great news.

For some time, Cardiff City Council have been looking to get the costs of running Flat Holm Island off their books, by finding a new organisation to take on the running of it. There were worries it might be sold into private hands. The good news is that the RSPB have agreed to lease the Island for 30 years, with the co-operation of the National Trust and the Flat Holm Society. Full details can be seen on the BBC web site here.

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Proposed Sand Martin bank at Parc Slip

After the new hide at Parc Slip NR, there are now plans for an artificial Sand Martin bank in the area where the new hide is situated, and the Wildlife Trust {WTSWW} would like to try and raise £2000 to finance this project. If you feel you can make a donation please visit the Glamorgan Birds web site news page here where there is a downloadable info and donation form.

Saturday, 14 February 2015

East Glamorgan Bird Atlas

After a long time in the making, the East Glamorgan Bird Atlas is now live online. It can be found here:

Here are the words of Wayne Morris, our areas BTO rep and also a member of the Atlas sub-group:

Data from all BTO national atlases and our bird club has been used to illustrate species distribution maps for both winter and breeding seasons from the 1960s to the present decade. Categories of breeding evidence are shown using a range of symbols, and breeding change maps are offered for 1984 vs 2011. Species richness maps for more than 300 tetrads show the hotspots across the region. Urban areas, rivers and birding sites can be viewed by a simple mouse-click.

Credit goes to the Club committee for having the ambition to produce another local atlas. A book was perceived in the early days as being the vehicle to publish the data. Over time, it became clear that a web-based version would best match our needs, providing easy-to-use facilities to switch maps for each species through the decades. Viewers can now see historical losses and gains of our avifauna in a readily accessible, attractive format - for free. I think it succeeds.

It has of course, been a huge effort. Hundreds of volunteers have spent many, many hours in the field capturing the data over nearly 50 years. In turn, this has been collected, reviewed and stored by the Club and latterly in partnership with our friends at SEWBReC. Thanks to everyone who's contributed down the years.

Finally, thanks go to Alan, Dan, Dave and Rob for working on the project over the years, from planning fieldwork for the latest survey, overseeing data collection through to final publication with the services of Chris Dee at Garganey Consulting who has done a terrific job in fulfilling our requirements.

I hope you enjoy using our new atlas

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Upcoming events

Thurs 12th Feb, field trip to Ogmore Est - meet Portobello at 10 a.m.
Tues 3rd Mar - indoor meeting - photographing birds in Thailand by Hugh Lansdown. 7:45 p.m. at KNNR.

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Indoor meeting KNNR tonight

Heads up for GBC indoor meeting tonight. Hone your ID skills on Herons, Rails & Crakes. We will have DVD/Video/Audio media to illustrate their features. This is the meeting postponed due to bad weather in the 2013-14 season. 7:45 p.m.

Saturday, 31 January 2015

Sad news

Some sad news recently received. Some of you may have known or have heard of Ron G. Davies of Rhiwbina, Cardiff. Sadly he passed away on Christmas Day. Ron was a long standing member of GBC and a pleasure to meet in the field. He will be sadly missed and our sincere condolences go out to his family.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Field trip

Sun 1st Feb, South Gower coast - Blackpill, Mumbles, Bracelet Bay, Oxwich etc Meet 8 a.m. St Margaret's Road, Whitchurch to car share.

Friday, 16 January 2015

Field trip

There is a local midweek field trip to Cosmeston & Cardiff Bay next Weds, 21st Jan. I will be on holiday so if you are interested please contact Alan Rosney who has kindly agreed to lead it Tel 01443 841555, or John Wilson

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Field trip

The next field trip is to Steart Point and Bridgewater Bay, on Sunday 11th Jan - i.e. next Sunday. We will leave St Margaret's Rd Whitchurch Cardiff at 8 a.m. The area now has a new wetland reserve created partly to try and alleviate flooding by water level control. It's a WWT reserve with free access, new scrapes and hides. Please let me know if you are coming and where you will meet.

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Indoor meeting

Just a quick reminder - the first indoor meeting of 2015 is TODAY [Tues] 7:45 P.M. KNNR. Member's Own - a sort of 'bring and show', where members can do short 20 min talks on a topic of their choosing. I'm doing a 20 min Powerpoint on highlights of 3 visits to Extremadura. Do come along.