Welcome!

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

We appeal to all observers to put the birds first – this is important with posting sightings in the breeding season and especially important with rare, scarce or Schedule 1 (Wildlife & Countryside Act) species. 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!

 

Kingfisher - Mike Williams

Kingfisher - Mike Williams

Welcome!

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

We appeal to all observers to put the birds first – this is important with posting sightings in the breeding season and especially important with rare, scarce or Schedule 1 (Wildlife & Countryside Act) species. 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!

Welcome!

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


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Brecknock Bird News by Andrew King, County Bird Recorder

To note - after 16 years in its old format, this website is being updated and put onto a new & more secure server. We hope there will be no 'downtime' during this process. The new website was uploaded with no disruption to service on 7th April. There will now be a few weeks of updating texts and de-bugging as well as transfer to a new server - please bear with us during this process.  We are very grateful to Steve Goddard of Hay-on-Wye who originally designed and set-up this blog some 16 years ago, and has now carried out this upgrade. Thankyou Steve, your efforts are much appreciated.  [Added 9/4/24].

....................... 2022 edition of BRECONSHIRE BIRDS NOW AVAILABLE (20.12.23). 100-page edition priced at £8 (+£2 p&p if required) covers all species found in the county in 2022, the Llangors Lake Ringing Report and a full Gazeteer of birding sites. Currently available from the Editor- Andrew King on 07967 559787, and through sales at Llangors Shop, 'Visit Brecon' (Lion Yard, Brecon), the new Sustainable Tourism store (No 6, The Bulwark, Brecon), CRIC (Crickhowell High St), BBNP Mountain Centre (Libanus) and Talgarth TIC. 

........................REQUEST THROUGH RSPB SOMERSET: PLEASE LOOK OUT for Colour-ringed Gt White Egrets. RSPB reported a successful breeding season in Somerset with 54 active nests, 118 chicks hatched of which 16 in 9 nests have been colour-ringed. Any subsequent reports will help them understand dispersal across the UK. Thankyou. 

......................... 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 publicly 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 Record Centres are made from the archive, with personal data extending only as far as the observer's name. Similarly, photos are placed on Gallery without extensive controls on further use on the internet, so contributors may wish to consider adoption of copyright inhibitors.

Latest Sightings

26/05/2024 at Llangorse Lake

Barnacle Goose P25 which is paired with an unringed bird was fiercly defending 3 young goslings on the crannog island as they tried to make their way accross the Island through B01's territory. A pair of Canada Goose on the Acorn field had four goslings, 3 yellow and 1...
Mark Waldron added at 26/05/2024 19:23

25/05/2024 at Llangorse Lake

From Llangasty side, good sightings of osprey hunting over this side of the lake at 1 pm - watched for 10 minutes before the persistent harassment of a small group of gulls caused it to move on. Four hobbies spotted further along, and cuckoo calling in the distance.
Sue Shaw added at 25/05/2024 15:22

24/05/2024 at Upper Llangynidr

First of our three new swift boxes taken today, plus several birds banging on the other two. The pair nesting under the soffit close by having returned earlier this month.
Susanne Daum added at 24/05/2024 23:58

23/05/2024 at Llangorse Lake

A Lesser Whitethroat singing in the hedgerow approximately 200 metres from the Llangasty car park when walking towards the hide, and another singing in second field hedgerow beyond the hide together with a Common Whitethroat, also 9 Summer Plumaged Dunlin and 1 Ringed P...
Mark Spirito added at 23/05/2024 16:08


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