Flintshire / Sir y Fflint – vice county 51

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Bird-recording in Wales is based largely on the Watsonian vice-county system. Flintshire VC51 boundaries align closely with the boundaries of Flintshire unitary authority.

County Bird Recorder

Ian M. Spence, 43 Blackbrook, Sychdyn, Mold, Flintshire CH7 6LT Tel: 01352 750118 Email: ian.spence@zen.co.uk

County Bird Report

Flintshire is included in the North-East Wales Bird Report, produced by the Clwyd Bird Recording Group (affiliated to the Welsh Ornithological Society) and the 2018 report is available online from 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 online from Bird Recording North Wales.

Bird Club

Clwyd Ornithological Society meets monthly through the Winter in Rhuddlan. Details of membership from: Jacqui Irving, 45 Plas Uchaf Avenue, Prestatyn, Denbighshire LL19 9NR Tel: 01745 854132 Email: jacqui970irving@btinternet.com Deeside Naturalists Society (affiliated to WOS) has a strong interest in birds, and membership includes a permit to the Connah’s Quay UNIPER reserve on the Dee estuary. Meetings are held in Connah’s Quay, with a programme of field visits open to members.

British Trust for Ornithology

The BTO splits the old county of Clwyd into east and west. See this map for the boundary. Clwyd East (most of Flintshire) Anne Brenchley Tel: 01352 750118 Email: annebrenchley@imsab.myzen.co.uk Clwyd West (area around Rhyl, Prestatyn and St Asaph) Mel ab Owain Tel: 01745 826528 Email: melabowain@gmail.com

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. The Birds of Connah’s Quay Nature Reserve and Oakenholt Marsh by Glenn Morris. A 70-page paperback guide to all 233 species of bird seen on the Reserve over the past 40 years (9×6 inch with full colour cover photos).  Reserve map, a brief history of the Reserve and list of mammals. £5 + £1.29 P&P from Glenn Morris

Online Atlas

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