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Welcome to Brecknock Birds. This site has been set up to encourage interest in bird watching and ornithology in Brecknockshire.

This is a child friendly site and in common with other bird sightings websites, we appeal to contributors to put the birds first. Particularly for sensitive species, please can we ask that no reference is made to breeding sites or aspects of behaviour that would indicate breeding at a set locality in your postings. If in any doubt, then please contact Andrew King, Brecknock County Bird Recorder, first (email below). In view of this, any postings made that are deemed inappropriate will be removed by the moderators without warning or explanation. Please note that all photographs remain the property of the person posting them. Permission must be obtained from the relevant owner before they may be reproduced or copied. We hope these pages will build on our knowledge of birds rather than provide valuable information to those few people that may wish to target species for their own purposes.

The district of Brecknockshire covers approximately 500 square miles, stretching from Rhayader to Merthyr Tydfil, Ystradgynlais to Hay on Wye. We hope very much you enjoy bird watching here as much as we do and look forward to hearing about your bird sightings. Happy birding!


Brecknock Bird News by Andrew King, County Bird Recorder (andrew.king53[at]virgin.net)

BTO Heronries Census: 2018 is the 90th Anniversary of this annual survey into breeding Herons. Six heronries have been counted in recent years - Garth, Erwood Stn, Glasbury, Talybont, Garwnant and Sennybridge. A couple are single nests only. If you know of any other nesting herons in or close to Brecknock, PLEASE either email me, or place details on the sightings page. Are there none around Hay, Llanafan/Newbridge, Beulah, Llanwrtyd Wells, Grwyne valley, Coelbren or Ystradgynlais ??? Thank you......................... BRECONSHIRE BIRD REPORT 2016 is now available (3rd November 2017). Another 80 pages packed with information on sightings in the county, sketches, Llangorse Ringing Group report, finding of a County first (Avocet) and 'Ravens in Breconshire' articles. Also the usual excellent photos, including witness to some rare events in the county. Exceptional value again at £7 per copy to callers at BWT Office, Lion House, Bethel Square, BRECON, Powys. LD3 7AY. Copies also available through County Recorder, and other outlets to be arranged. If requiring a copy by post, please include a cheque made out to Brecknock Wildlife Trust for £8.20 (inclusive of £1.20 for p&p). Contact Clare Morgan, BWT on 01874 625708. Back-copies are also available via Clare................................................................................................................ Gallery page - if you have photographs of birds taken in Breconshire and would like to place them on our Gallery page. To be set up with a password, etc please email Andrew King on the email address above. ............................................................ FOR THE ATTENTION OF ALL CONTRIBUTORS TO THIS SITE. Users are reminded that sightings are placed on these pages on the understanding that they become publically available. Sightings may be used by the Breconshire Records Committee for monthly summaries, annual reports and for adding records of sufficient interest to the County archive (subject to long-standing arrangements for rarity verification). Occasional downloads to Local Records Centres are made from the archive, with data extending as far only as the observers name. Similarly photos are placed without extensive controls on further use on the internet, so contributors may wish to consider adoption of copyright inhibitors.

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Entry added by: Alan Salter on Mon 21st May 18, 07:53am Sighting location: Y Byddwn. (SO090276) Sighting date: 20/05/18
Whitethroat singing near Y Byddwn Nature Reserve. No sign of last years pair of spotted flycatcher on reserve yet?

Entry added by: Andrew King on Sun 20th May 18, 08:46pm Sighting location: Various. Sighting date: 20/05/18
7 Swifts back to their breeding site in Pennorth tonight. I was beginning to wonder whether they were going to show up. Earlier, 19 spp in ffridd and along the northern ridge of Bl Mtns, highlights being Hobby taking insects over heather, 3 Red Kites, 3 Cuckoos in song and a 4th in front of the car at Pengenffordd, 3 terr. male Wheatear, several Yellowhammer. 5 Lapwing nests in arable crops in Tallylyn all predated at the egg stage.

Entry added by: Mark Waldron on Sun 20th May 18, 08:35pm Sighting location: Mynydd Illtyd. Sighting date: 20/05/18
This morning a Whitethroat was singing from a large area of gorse along with a Cuckoo and Green Woodpecker calling nearby. Lots of Linnet and Willow Warbler around and Meadow Pipits were feeding young still in the nest. Along Camlais Brook there were 2 Four-spotted Chasers with another two on the main pool.

Entry added by: Steve Jones on Sat 19th May 18, 04:28pm Sighting location: Llanwrthwl. Sighting date: 19/05/18
Hawfinch flying from neighbours feeders into an oak tree to the rear of our garden in the village. Seen a few times this morning. My first house record in 16 years. After a slow start Swift numbers have increased with 18 over the village today. House Martins are well down with only a single pair returned so far.