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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 (andrew.king53[at]virgin.net)

The Breconshire Bird Report 2015 is available from Brecknock Wildlife Trust Office, Lion House, Brecon - or from County Recorder. 80 pages packed with info on sightings in the county in 2015, photos, sketches and articles on bird-ringing at Llangorse Lake, and the finding of a County First, a singing Melodious Warbler. Great value at £7 per copy to callers at BWT Office, Lion House, Bethel Square, BRECON, Powys. LD3 7AY. Copies also available through County Recorder, as 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 or BWT Staff on 01874 625708, or by mail to address above. Grateful thanks to all contributors of bird records, as without your records there can be no Bird Report! Back-copies are also available from the Trust Office............................................................................................................... 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 also 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: Mark Waldron on Sun 25th June 17, 06:55pm Sighting location: Brecon industial estates. Sighting date: 25/06/17
I wandered around the Brecon industrial areas (Ffrwdgrech / Warren Road) and was surprised with the results. 30 species were seen including a Kingfisher, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Grey Heron, 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 2 Goldcrest, 8 Swift, 6 Swallow (one nest found in a doorway with at least 3 young that must fledge very soon), 17 House Sparrow (ON), 4 Mistle Thrush, 1 Song Thrush (FF) and 17 Blackbird (FF).

Entry added by: Steve Jones on Sun 25th June 17, 01:17pm Sighting location: Llanwrthwl. Sighting date: 24/06/17
8 Lesser Black backed Gulls thermaling over the village before heading south west yesterday evening. Most were in moult and looking ragged and having looked at the book were probably 2nd summer birds.

Entry added by: Mark Waldron on Sat 24th June 17, 08:12pm Sighting location: Pont Melin-fach. (SN906106) Sighting date: 24/06/17
Highlights of a walk today between Pontneddfechan to Pont Melin-fach were 2 singing Wood Warbler, 2 territories of Spotted Flycatcher, four of Goldcrest, singles of Redstart and Blackcap, 15 adult Grey Wagtail (many carrrying food), 6 Dipper, 6 Treecreeper (inc a family party of 4), 6 Jay (inc a family party of 4), 2 Bullfinch, 7+ LT Tit and a Green Woodpecker not far away. At the Cwm Porth cave entrance another pair of Grey Wagtail were taking food to a nest. Last weekend, not far away around the Sgwd Clun-gwyn waterfall at least 3 Wood Warbler were singing.

Entry added by: Mark Waldron on Sat 24th June 17, 09:45am Sighting location: Beacons Reservoir. Sighting date: 23/06/17
Yesterday the pair of GC Grebe were with their 3 well grown young and a crèche of 9 Canada goslings were with 30 adults.