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.