Birds in Wales by Roger Lovegrove, Iolo Williams, Graham Williams

By Roger Lovegrove, Iolo Williams, Graham Williams

The rugged geographical region of Wales has lengthy been a vacation spot for successive generations of naturalists, ornithologists, oologists and, latterly, birdwatchers. because the pioneering days of Willoughby and Ray, Pennant and Edward Llwyd, an increasing number of intrepid guests have recorded the natural world and different ordinary riches of the mountains and coastlines of Wales. regardless of those beginnings and the newer 20th century style for birdwatching, no quantity at the birds of Wales has been produced earlier to serve the expanding desire for scientifically legitimate details for conservation reasons. within the years that experience handed because the first naturalists visited Wales, alterations of unbelievable scale have taken position within the Welsh geographical region that have had both dramatic affects at the local chook groups. A succession of chook species have both been eradicated intentionally through the hand of guy - frequently birds of prey - or were dispossessed by means of alterations in land use, the unfold of industrialisation, urbanisation and toxins, traits which proceed this day to the expanding detriment of even a few of our such a lot frequent nation-state birds. a lot fantastic habitat continues to be even if, and new species have are available to colonise Wales and upload to the magic of its geographical region. This quantity units out for the 1st time the historic and present prestige of all of the poultry species present in Wales including their current distribution. the 3 authors, all employees of the RSPB in Wales, have among them an collected event of a few eighty years of first-hand wisdom of birds within the Principality. Their wisdom and love of the birds and Wales itself makes this authoritative quantity a landmark either in Welsh and ornithological publishing

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The creation of farm ponds has not resulted in an increase in Montgomeryshire where the population of no more than ten pairs is confined mainly to small, natural lakes such as Gregynog and Gungrog Flash. Breeding Little Grebes are still absent from much of Llyn (0-3 breeding pairs in 1986), Snowdonia, the Cambrian Mountains and the majority of the Welsh uplands, and few Welsh sites individually support three or more breeding pairs. During the 1950s, up to eight pairs were recorded on Llyn Hilyn (Radnorshire), but the maximum in recent years has been three.

Ringing has shown that there is considerable interchange of Manx shearwaters between the various Irish Sea breeding colonies. In July, Guillemots and Razorbills gather offshore with their young in favoured fishing areas and prepare for moult, and the first appearances of Arctic Skuas, Mediterranean Shearwaters and Sooty Shearwaters heralds the start of a prolonged autumn passage. This passage continues to December, various species peaking at different times while the process as a whole is fairly continuous.

Most of the sightings at around that time came from the Llandudno/Great Orme area, with 20 sightings from Caernarfonshire up to 1973. In Carmarthenshire, the first record was of a bird shot at the mouth of the Afon Taf on 16 November 1942, but since then the species has become a regular visitor to the county, mainly to the Burry Inlet with up to four recorded most winters. Records for Glamorgan generally come from this site, Eglwys Nunydd Reservoir and Kenfig Pool. One unusual record concerns a bird picked up dead in a garden in Newport (Monmouthshire) on 5 February 1915; the next sighting for the county was not until 1962.

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