Flintshire / Sir y Fflint – vice county 51
Map above: hover over sites for a short site description; clicking on the location will take you to an external website where available. Information below: click on the ‘+’ symbol to provide more detail.
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.
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
Deeside Naturalists Society 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)
Tel: 01352 750118
Clwyd West (area around Rhyl, Prestatyn and St Asaph)
Mel ab Owain
Tel: 01745 826528
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