vice county 48

Bird-recording in Wales is based largely on the Watsonian vice-county system. Meirionnydd VC48 is the southern half of Gwynedd unitary authority (south of the Afon Glaslyn), except for a small section in the northeast corner that lies in Conwy UA.

County Bird Recorder

Jim Dustow, Afallon, 7 Glan y Don, Rhiwbryfdir, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd LL41 3LW. Tel: 01766 830976 Email:

County Bird Report

Meirionnydd is included in the Cambrian Bird Report, available from RSPB Conwy or from Geoff Gibbs, tel: 01248 681936 or email

Bird Club

None that meets regularly in the county, but Cambrian Ornithological Society covers Meirionnydd, and Bangor Bird Group holds weekly meetings to the north during October-March.

British Trust for Ornithology

Rob Morton Tel: 01341 422 426 Email:

Recent Sightings

There are few resident birders in Meirionnydd and no website that provides up-to-date sightings.

Local Site Information

Where to watch birds in Wales, by David Saunders and Jon Green, is published by Helm (4th edition, 2008) and features all the places that are known for their birds, with maps of many, and details of access and the wildlife you might expect to see at each time of year (ISBN 9780 71367 484 2). RRP £16.99. 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) Adar Meirionydd/Birds of Meirionnydd, by Rhion Pritchard (2012). Published by Cambrian Ornithological Society. Click here to order. (2) Birds of Merioneth, by Peter Hope-Jones (1974). Published by Cambrian Ornithological Society. Out of print.