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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)

LATEST (25/5) - a second print-run of BRECONSHIRE BIRDS - 2019 has now been received. Copies at £6 are available at most outlets (prices may vary):'Visit Brecon', Lion Yard, Brecon: Talgarth Tourist Info Centre, The Square, Talgarth: Crickhowell Adventure Gear (Crickhowell) or for sale through the WTSWW online Shop at www.welshwildlife.org/shop (see under 'Books & Guides'). Price £6 (+ £1.60 p&p if required). The Editor, Andrew King also has copies for sale - telephone 01874 658351 for your copy..................................................... The 2019 Breconshire Bird Report of 90 pages includes status accounts and sightings of 174 species seen in Breconshire in 2019. |It also includes the annual report of Llangorse Bird-Ringing Group and a history of Barnacle Goose in the county. [Sale points at other local outlets have been arranged -see above]. Thanks to all bird-watchers that have submitted records or photographs for the 2019 Report. Diolch yn fawr. .............................................................................................................. 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: Nick Morgan on Thu 22nd July 21, 06:11pm Sighting location: Llanhamlach. Sighting date: 22/07/22
Tawny Owl seen at Llanhamlach, whilst driving on A40 this morning at 3.30am.

Entry added by: Alan Salter on Thu 22nd July 21, 11:55am Sighting location: Y Byddwn. Sighting date: 22/07/21
300c linnets including one taken by a probable male goshawk. Also 41 stock doves perched on wires. Both species feeding in rapeseed next to reserve. Several flying about throughout early morning session.

Entry added by: Alan Salter on Tue 20th July 21, 12:49pm Sighting location: Priory Groves. Sighting date: 20/07/21
Turtle Dove NO! but twice this year I have heard similar purring resembling one. Back in the winter I heard one which then changed to the usual woodpigeon song and today by the Cathedral I heard a snippet of the song but then it changed to clicking sounds like someone winding a large clock. I didn't see the bird despite listening for 4 minutes but concluded it must have been a jay and they have been heard and seen in the wood this spring.

Entry added by: Mike Tompkinson on Sat 17th July 21, 07:22am Sighting location: Sarnau Pools. Sighting date: 16/07/21
Male Beautiful Demoiselle and Male Southern Hawker. As with all first sightings so far this year 3-4 weeks later than average.