Celebrate World Curlew Day!

April 21st is World Curlew Day. Celebrate it by contributing to the BTO Curlew Appeal at https://www.bto.org/support-us/appeals/bto-curlew-appeal and go to www.curlewcall.org for more information.


A recent “trend” by developers and businesses is to cover natural nesting habitats for birds with unsightly and dangerous netting. We’ve had a number of examples sent to us via Twitter and Facebook and we urge all our members, wildlife enthusiasts or simply nature lovers to take action and sign the petition to the Welsh Government asking for this practice to banned and made a criminal offence. The example above is from Llangollen and it appears that this practice is spreading rapidly, even on land where planning permission for development has not yet been granted. Please sign the petition, keep up the pressure and urge your friends and colleagues to sign. You can find the petition here.

National (UK) Willow Tit survey 2019-2020

This two year survey is being organized by the RSPB and WOS is the main partner in Wales. This species is now considered very uncommon if not rare in some parts of Wales and is one of the Priority species identified by WOS as needing further survey work and so this project is very timely. The Welsh Coordinator is Anne Brenchley (annebrenchley@imsab.myzen.co.uk) and some local coordinators are in place notably across Anglesey (David Wright), Brecon (Andrew King), Caernarfonshire (Rhion Pritchard), Denbighshire and Flintshire (Anne Brenchley and Ian Spence), Glamorgan and the Gower (Wayne Morris and Rob Jones) and Pembrokeshire (Bob Haycock). The survey unit is the tetrad and spreadsheets are available for each Vice County identifying which tetrads are Priority or Highly Desirable. If you would like further details or want to take part then please contact Anne in the first instance. ALL records of both Willow Tit and Marsh Tit are welcome and any photographs are an added bonus as these can aid identification if the recorders are themselves uncertain. The RSPB website has further information here.

Welsh Bird Report 2017

The 2017 Welsh Bird Report, edited by Julian Hughes, has now been published. Copies have been sent to members and WOS members can download the text from the Journals page in the Members’ Section of this website.

Scarce sightings during March 2019

The tropical air of February soon became a distant memory as several Atlantic low pressure systems took control and brought things back to typical March weather. Although early summer migrants continued to trickle in, including the welcome return of our first breeding Ospreys, the visual highlights included a photogenic drake Ring-necked Duck at Llyn Bran and an equally photogenic Grey Phalarope at RSPB Conwy. You can browse Robin Sandham’s round-up here.

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Events for birdwatchers in Wales

Gower Ornithological Society : Outdoor Meeting – Pant -y-sais Fen.
Apr 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Pant-y-sais Fen: Near B4290
26th April 18:30 Bird call walk, looking for marsh birds including warblers, buntings and other song birds. Park in Jersey Marine near village hall OS Ref SS 711939
Leader: Bob Tallack.

Field Meetings – Meet on the day at the time stipulated. All field trips subject to weather conditions.
If in doubt contact the number shown on the Event details or Bob Tallack [below].
We do hope you will be able to join us at these events. Please contact us for any further details

Bob Tallack. Tel: 01792 204231;

Carmarthenshire Bird Club : Field Meeting at Dinefwr Park.
Apr 27 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

09:30Dinefwr Country Park car park
Meet 9.30 in the car park to explore the woods and pools. There is an entry fee if you are not a member of the National Trust or the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales. Don’t forget to bring a packed lunch for this all day trip.

vents organiser Wendell Thomas – 07912 577626

Cambrian Ornithological Society : Outdoor Meeting – Trawsfynydd area.
Apr 28 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sunday 28th April: Field trip to Trawsfynydd area

There should be a good mix of birds today and hopefully the woodland summer visitors will have arrived. Leader Rhion Pritchard. Meet at 9.00am at the Car Park near the Power Station; SH697384

Gwent Ornithological Society : Outdoor Meeting – Garn Lakes.
Apr 28 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Garn Lakes
Sunday 28 April 2019 10.00 hrs
Speaker – Nick Beswick.
Description – An easy walk lasting 2 – 3hrs.

Meet at main car park: SO234098

Mob. 07776 252998

For further information please contact Dave Brassey on 01633 664212.

Note that in some rural areas the nearest post code (and therefore your sat nav) may not take you to the exact parking place. Use a map and the grid reference to find this.