A NEW 'BIRDS OF WALES' TO MARK THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF WOS

There has only ever been one book giving a complete account of all the bird species ever recorded in Wales. This was Birds in Wales, by Roger Lovegrove, Graham Williams and Iolo Williams, published by Poyser in 1994. This volume has been of huge value for bird conservation in Wales since then, a first port of call for birdwatchers and conservationists alike. However, the information contained in it is now nearly thirty years old, and there have been great changes in the fortunes of many species since it was published. In 2002 the Welsh Ornithological Society published Birds in Wales 1992-2000 by Jon Green to update the original Birds in Wales, but the time has now come for a new book to give an up-to-date picture of the birds of Wales. To mark WOS’ 30th anniversary, work has begun on a new volume, describing the history and current status of every bird ever recorded in Wales, common and rare, with an assessment of the conservation issues facing our breeding, wintering and migrant birds. WOS is inviting individuals and organisations to sponsor each species on the Welsh list and we are delighted to report that by 14th June, 44 species have been sponsored, or are in the process of sponsorship. YOU CAN FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THIS LANDMARK PROJECT, AND HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT IT THROUGH SPECIES SPONSORSHIP HERE.

Scarce sightings during May 2019

A good and varied month for herons, terns, waders and passerines, with the star birds a Western Orphean Warbler ringed on Bardsey in mid-month and a Myrtle Warbler on Ramsey Island on 31st. Browse Robin Sandham’s round-up here.

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Events for birdwatchers in Wales

Aug
16
Fri
Birdfair, Rutland Water.
Aug 16 @ 9:00 am – Aug 18 @ 5:00 pm
Sep
6
Fri
Cambrian Ornithological Society : Indoor Meeting – Challenging times for bird conservation in Ireland.
Sep 6 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Friday 6th September: Challenging times for bird conservation in Ireland by Niall Hatch (BirdWatch Ireland)

BirdWatch Ireland is the largest independent conservation organisation in Eire. Niall Hatch, Development Officer, will discuss some of the challenges they face.

Indoor meetings are held at Pensychnant Conservation Centre at 7.30pm. Hot drink and biscuits provided afterwards. Donation requested: £1 (members), £2 (non-members).

Sep
14
Sat
Gwent Ornithological Society : Outdoor Meeting – Llanwenarth.
Sep 14 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Title:
Llanwenarth
When:
Saturday 14 September 2019 09.00 hrs – 12.00 hrs
Speaker/Leader:
Andrew Baker –
Category:
Outdoor
Description
Easy walk along R. Usk; 3hr.

Meet at St Peter’s Church, Llanwenarth

Contact is Andrew Baker: 01873 830539

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.

Sep
21
Sat
Cambrian Ornithological Society : Outdoor Meeting – Porthmadog area.
Sep 21 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Saturday 21st September: Field Trip to Porthmadog area

We’ll look for waders and grebes as we stroll along the coast, then maybe move further toards Criccieth. Leaders Andy Clarke & Geoff Gibbs. Meet 10.00am, at Borth-y-Gest, Morfa Bychan Car Park; SH 565376.