Our journal: Birds in Wales

Birds in Wales (previously Welsh Birds) is the official journal of the Welsh Ornithological Society. It is published twice each year, in January and July. The January issue is primarily devoted to the Welsh Bird Report and the annual report on bird ringing in Wales (currently edited by Julian Hughes); the July issue (currently edited by Rhion Pritchard) contains papers and notes on birds in Wales of general interest.

The back catalogue
We have now digitised the archive of our journal to make its contents more widely available to its members and the wider public. An index of papers that have featured in the journal to date can be downloaded here. This index contains links to sections of the Biodiversity Heritage Library, where full texts of all papers more than two years old can be found and downloaded. Access to papers from the two most recent volumes of Birds in Wales is restricted to WOS members – these are available in the Members’ Area.

Contributing to Birds in Wales
Papers for Birds in Wales are welcomed by the Editor on any aspect of Welsh ornithology. The Society is keen that the journal should accurately reflect present ornithological activity in Wales and hopes that all workers, professional and amateur, with results of studies in Wales will always consider publishing information about these here. All papers are reviewed by the Editor and an independent referee. Authors should follow the format of papers published in the journal; guidelines can be downloaded here. Authors are asked to ensure that their titles and abstracts can easily be located by search engines – please look at the BOU guidelines for advice.

Papers are accepted in either Welsh or English, and the abstract is published in both languages. In accordance with standard international practice, papers in Welsh should be supplied with captions to tables and figures in both Welsh and English.

Short notes on interesting or unusual features of behaviour recorded in Wales are also welcomed. An accumulation of such items is of considerable value. Notes should be short and succinct, ideally of not more than half a page in length. Notes may be submitted in either Welsh or English.

The deadline for the July issue of Birds in Wales is 31 May, though if you are planning to contribute a paper, it is helpful if you can contact the editor, Rhion Pritchard, ahead of this to discuss content and length.