Caernarfonshire / Sir Gaernarfon – vice county 49

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Bird-recording in Wales is based largely on the Watsonian vice-county system. Caernarfonshire VC 49 is mostly within Gwynedd local authority, except at its eastern end, which is in Conwy unitary authority.

County Bird Recorder

Rhion Pritchard, Pant Afonig, Hafod Lane, Bangor Gwynedd LL57 4BU

County Bird Report

Caernarfonshire is included in the Cambrian Bird Report, available from RSPB Conwy or from Geoff Gibbs, tel: 01248 681936 or email geoffkate.gibbs@care4free.net.


Bardsey Wildlife, the annual report of the Observatory, is published on the BBFO blog.

Bird Club

Cambrian Ornithological Society
Regular programme of field trips and monthly indoor meetings at Penyschnant, Conwy.

Grwp Adar Bangor / Bangor Bird Group
Meets every Wednesday during Autumn and Spring university term in Bangor.

* Affiliated to the Welsh Ornithological Society

British Trust for Ornithology

Geoff Gibbs

Recent Sightings

Local Site Information

Best Birdwatching Site: North Wales, by Alan Davies and Owen Roberts, features 70 sites in Anglesey, Caernarfonshire, Denbighshire and Flintshire. Published by Buckingham Press (2007). ISBN 9780 95503 394 0. RRP £15.95.



Breeding Bird Atlas: The Breeding Birds of North Wales, edited by Anne Brenchley, Geoff Gibbs, Rhion Pritchard and Ian Spence. A tetrad atlas of the breeding birds of five vice-counties of North Wales, from fieldwork conducted in 2008-12. Published by Liverpool University Press (2013). ISBN 978-1-84631-858-0. RRP £45.



County avifaunas: (1) Birds of Caernarfonshire, by Rhion Pritchard (2017), published by Cambrian Ornithological Society. £12. Available from county recorder (£10 for WOS members)



(2) The Birds of Caernarfonshire, by John Barnes (1997), published by Cambrian Ornithological Society.



(3) Birds of Caernarvonshire, by Peter Hope-Jones and Peter Dare (1976), published by Cambrian Ornithological Society.

Online Atlas

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