Denbighshire / Sir Ddinbych – vice county 50

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Bird-recording in Wales is based largely on the Watsonian vice-county system. Denbighshire VC50 includes the eastern half of Conwy unitary authority, most of Denbighshire UA and most of Wrexham UA. The southernmost part of the vice-county is in modern-day Powys and records are shared with Montgomeryshire.

County Bird Recorder

Ian M. Spence, 43 Blackbrook, Sychdyn, Mold, Flintshire CH7 6LT Tel: 01352 750118 Email:

County Bird Report

Denbighshire is included in the North-East Wales Bird Report, produced by the Clwyd Bird Recording Group (affiliated to the Welsh Ornithological Society). The 2018 report is available online at Bird Recording North Wales or from Ian Spence price £6+ £2 postage and packing. The 2019 and 2020 reports are currently in preparation and will be available for download from the Bird Recording North Wales website. Wrexham Birdwatchers Group produces an annual report of birds in Wrexham UA. See Bird Clubs.

Bird Club

Clwyd Ornithological Society meets monthly through the winter in Rhuddlan (see vice county Flintshire). Wrexham Birdwatchers Group meets on the first Friday of each month in Gresford. Contact: Marian Williams, 10 Lake View, Gresford, Wrexham LL12 8PU. Tel: 01978 854633. The group has a Facebook page, with recent sightings and details of forthcoming events.

British Trust for Ornithology

The BTO splits the old county of Clwyd into east and west. See this map for the boundary. Clwyd West (roughly Denbighshire north and west of Ruthin) Mel ab Owain Tel: 01745 826528 Email: Clwyd East (southeast Denbighshire and Flintshire) Anne Brenchley Tel: 01352 750118 Email:

Recent Sightings

We Bird North Wales blog and Wrexham Birdwatchers Group Facebook page.

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.

Online Atlas

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