Monday, 15 January 2018

Small Grants Scheme

The Welsh Ornithological Society Small Grants Scheme 2018 for bird conservation projects in Wales is now available. Full details of the scheme can be found here

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Bird Group Conference 2017

We enjoyed another very successful Bird Conference on Nov. 26th. A summary of the Conference can be found on the Events Page.

Bird Group AGM

You can find the Minutes of the Bird Group AGM held in November 2017 under the events tab.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Curlews in Wales Workshop

 Mary Colwell is organising a series of Workshops to discuss the plight of Curlews in Britain.
The details of the Workshop for Wales are below, together with contact details etc.


One-Day Workshop on the status and future of the Curlew in Wales Wednesday 24th January 2018

 We would like to invite you to the Hafod a Hendre, the Royal Welsh Showground Conference Centre, Builth Wells, to discuss the future of the Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata in Wales.   This is part of a series of Curlew Workshops aimed at aiding the recovery of the bird nationwide.

 Both breeding and wintering populations of Curlew are declining at an alarming rate throughout the British Isles and the species has recently been added to the Red List of endangered species and is considered Near Threatened, having already vanished as a breeding bird from large parts of the lowlands. Changes in farming practices, predation and human disturbance are the most commonly highlighted factors. This workshop will bring together various interested parties (field workers, conservation professionals, planners, land-owners and farmers) to hear what is happening in different nesting areas in Wales, and to find practical ways to conserve and extend the range of this genuinely iconic and widely-loved species.

 Conservationist and TV presenter Iolo Williams will open the day and the morning will consist of a series of short presentations on Curlew projects, followed by targeted panel discussions on specific issues, where the audience will be encouraged to take part. Practical ideas and solutions will be recorded and distributed after the meeting. A simple buffet lunch will be provided.

We would value your presence at this workshop, which is a vital step towards reversing the declining trend of Curlews in Britain. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.  Please use the link below to register your attendance. An agenda will be sent out in December. We hope to see you on 24th January 2018.

 Please contact Mary Colwell - Curlew Media, or

Mike Smart - with any queries.



Friday, 16 June 2017

Great Bird Reserves - Skomer Island

The May edition of "British Birds" includes a really fascinating article on Skomer Island National Nature Reserve by David Saunders (the first Skomer warden in the early 1960s) and Stephen Sutcliffe (warden there from 1986 to 1994). 

If you already subscribe to BB then you will already have absorbed the article and hopefully enjoyed the read. If not, then it can be found in British Birds volume 110, May 2017, pages 278–295 - it's a really interesting article by two of Pembrokeshire's foremost Skomer aficionados.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Curlews In Trouble

Curlews in trouble: It has been many years since curlews were known to have bred on the Pembrokeshire mainland - Skomer Island currently being our only confirmed breeding location for them. Mid-winter WeBs counts on the Cleddau estuary (between November and February) suggest that numbers of this familiar bird are also declining there! 

Mary Colwell, who last year walked from western Ireland to eastern England to highlight the plight of the Eurasian Curlew, is planning a conference to bring together all those with an interest in the species' conservation in Wales, and she is hoping that birders and local bird clubs across Wales will get involved. 

The event is planned for 24 January 2018 at a venue to be announced later. Read more here, and get in touch with Mary if you'd like to be involved. 

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Reverend Murray Mathew in Pembrokeshire Life

 The April edition of Pembrokeshire Life contains a three page article by David Saunders about the Reverend Murray Mathew author of the first Birds of Pembrokeshire published in 1894.  Included in the article is a photograph of the Reverend himself, one of two tracked down just a few months ago, the second one being reproduced here. 

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Bird Group Display at the Local Environmental Centre 10th anniversary event

Bob and Annie attended a "West Wales Biodiversity Information Centre Recorders day" held at the Hermon Community Hall. This was a special event, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the LERC.

It was a well-attended by about 60 delegates with some very good speakers and displays.

Congratulations to WWBIC in your 10th anniversary year, and for organising an excellent Recorders day to commemorate it.

The Bird Group provided a static display for the event.

The Bird Group Display
The Bird Group display - one of several viewed at lunch-time by the delegates

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Monday, 30 January 2017

AGM Minutes

The Minutes of the Bird Group AGM held in January, including the Chairman's report, are now available on the Reports section of this Blog under Ad Hoc Reports.