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Welcome to Brecknock Birds

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 (andy[at]breconbirds.wales)

RSPB/RBBP National Willow Tit Survey starting soon. Please volunteer to take part in this survey running from 15th Feb - 15th April in both 2019 and 2020. Select a square (tetrad) and carry out 1-2 visits in that period in 2019 - and then select another square for spring 2020!. Selected tetrads cover most parts of the county, so there will be one available near you. The survey is based on tape playback so great if you have an MP3 or Mobile phone (with speaker), otherwise I have several on loan from RSPB. Your help really appreciated as 75 tetrads are available! Please enquire through Andy King (new email address shown above)and we can discuss taking part. Thank you................................... 2017 BRECONSHIRE BIRD REPORT. The 74-page 2017 Annual report covers the occurrence of 173 bird species in the county in 2017, priced £7 if collected. P&P rate set at £1.50 (see below). Published by WTSWW, and of fresh design, it is available through the Editor/County Recorder, and to callers at.....Mondays and Weds to the old BWT Offices, Lion Yard, Brecon (tel 01874 625708)....Thursdays & Fridays to Biodiversity Information Offices, The Watton, Brecon (tel 01874 610881 beforehand). Full of high-quality colour photos, Systematic List covering those 173 species, Llangorse Ringing Group 2017 Report, the finding of Bonaparte's Gull, Gazetteer of sites, etc. Great value at £7. Please add £1.50 for p&p and apply via WTSWW on 01656 724100 or email info@welshwildlife.org Other outlets will be arranged and publicised here............................................................................................................... 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 personal 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 18th March 19, 09:13pm Sighting location: Beacons Park, Brecon. Sighting date: 18/03/19
8 Curlew flew west over house this morning at 7am

Entry added by: Steve Wilce on Mon 18th March 19, 02:06pm Sighting location: Llangors lake. Sighting date: 18/03/19
This morning; the characteristic weak drumming of a Lesser Pecker heard clearly from the trees around the sailing club buildings - but it's frustratingly difficult to get near because of the flood water. Later from the bird hide a large female Goshawk flying low over the water and trying in vain to spook wildfowl into the air, also six Sand Martins on the lake and six Common Redpolls in the Alders just to the right of the hide.

Entry added by: Andrew King on Thu 14th March 19, 04:35pm Sighting location: Llangorse Lake. Sighting date: 14/03/19
Good views of the female Red-br Merganser and drake Scaup close in to the Crannog Hut at lunchtime today. Beware depth of floodwater! Also 29 Curlew on 'Acorn Field' but no sign of the Gann-ringed bird.

Entry added by: Alan Salter on Thu 14th March 19, 02:41pm Sighting location: Groesffordd. Sighting date: 14/03/19
7 Buzzards feeding (beetles/worms?) on pasture whilst 2 more flew high above.