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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)

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 me on the email address above. - ................................................... The 2014 Breconshire Bird Report, and back-copies, are available through Brecknock Wildlife Trust. The most recent report covering 2014 includes the Systematic List that includes all birds seen in 2014, with articles on Bird Ringing in 2014 (Llangorse Ringing Group) and arrival of Breconshire's first Lesser Scaup. Gazetteer of sites, and a range of superb photographs and sketches too. All for 7 !! (+ 1 p&p if necessary). Copies available from Clare Morgan and staff in the Brecknock Wildlife Trust Office in Brecon - open to callers in office hours, or contactable on 01874 625708. Cheques payable to Brecknock Wildlife Trust. Also available for collection from the Editor, Andrew King. Grateful thanks again go to all contributors. ........................................................ Contact Clare Morgan on 01874 625708 for details, or via the BWT website www.brecknockwildlifetrust.org.uk or Facebook pages. ---------------------------------------------------------------- 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: Gareth Rees on Sat 28th May 16, 04:30pm Sighting location: river Treweryn, Crai. Sighting date: 28/05/16
A pair of Willow Tit were flushed from a stream where they were bathing near Nantmadog farm, first record from this area for a number of years. This good news was tempered by finding a very fresh Otter road casualty (A4067) alongside the same river closer to Defynnog.

Entry added by: Andrew King on Fri 27th May 16, 10:03pm Sighting location: Elenydd - Abergwesyn/Beulah.. Sighting date: 26/05/16
Over the last 3-4 weeks I have walked extensively over the Elenydd range. Great exercise, but ornithologically scant. On the high tops, sure there are Skylarks and Pipits, and overhead Kites, Buzzards, Ravens and Crows - but frankly grim. In over 25 sq kms walked just one Dunlin, and a pr Golden Plover is a sad reflection of what it must have been like up there 20 years ago. 4 Dotterel, and single Red Grouse and Sh-eared owl all surprises. Lower down though there are still some real gems - valleys such as Cwm Dulas, upper Irfon and upper Chwefru with good numbers of territories. Whinchats, Stonechats, Reed Buntings, Grey Wagtails, Cuckoos and chipping Snipe present, and sometimes in reasonable numbers. Wheatear virtually absent - but then again Elenydd was probably never a hotbed. For a multitude of complex reasons our upland birdlife appears to be in real trouble. Must find some Welsh oakwoods - and soon!

Entry added by: Shelley Evans on Fri 27th May 16, 10:29am Sighting location: Glasbury - garden. Sighting date: 26/05/16
A first for the garden - Barn Owl flew along the old railway line around dusk last night.

Entry added by: L,M-A on Fri 27th May 16, 08:11am Sighting location: spread eagle. Sighting date: 27/05/16
one male Goshawk flying over garden,alerted by ducks and geese looking upwards!