Field trip on Sun 5th Jan

The first field trip of 2020 is the annual jaunt to Whiteford Point on Gower on 5th January. I will be away so Alan Rosney has kindly agreed to lead this one. I am posting now before the Christmas break as I will be preparing for a long haul trip afterwards. Due to the high tide time, the meet time will be 9 a.m. in the Cwm Ivy car park.Here’s a link to a map of its location:
In view of recent weather, wellies or sturdy waterproof boots are the order of the day [it’s a wettish walk in any case]. If you’ve not been before be aware that it’s a longish walk out to the point [roughly 3 km each way]. Also be aware that on the walk back the last bit is a steep uphill stretch back to the car park. The main part out to Whiteford Point and back is level but uneven in places. Please contact Alan Rosney in case of any queries [] and also to let him know if you are coming. Thanks, John Wilson.

More rarity acceptance news

The following records have now been accepted by the Glamorgan Rarities Committee.

  • 2cy Caspian Gull, Cardiff Bay, 16th Jan 2019
  • Yellow-Browed Warbler, KNNR, 8th October 2019 onwards
  • Siberian Chiffchaff, Oxwichm 17th November 2019
  • Citrine Wagtail, Llwyn-on Res., 27th April 2019
  • Wryneck – Ogmore-by-Sea, 25th Aug – 1st Sep 2019
  • Snow Bunting, Pink Bay – Porthcawl, 2nd – 4th November 2019
  • Siberian Chiffchaff, Cardiff Bay Barrage, 7th December 2019
  • Serin, Nash Pt, 24th November 2019 [2nd county record].

2018 Bird Report

At long last the 2018 East Glam Bird Report being collected by the printer from the binders’ in Bristol tomorrow afternoon. I hope to collect later tomorrow or poss he will deliver them to me. So … shd be able to get them to my local PO Thurs or Fri. Really sorry for the lateness.

Advanced info – first two events of 2020

The first event of 2020 is the more or less regular trip at this time of year, to Whiteford Point on Gower with a dusk stop at Llanridian marsh for roosting egrets and raptors. This will take place on Sunday 5th January. John Wilson will be away for this trip so keep a watch out on here or the GBC Facebook page or Twitter, for who will be leading, and the arrangements.

The second event is an indoor meeting comprising a review of the year 2019. Due to the closure of the Kenfig Reserve Centre, this meeting will take place at the Pencoed Miner’s Welfare Hall and will make a prompt start at 7:30 p.m. so please aim to be there at 7:15. This is because there is a finish time limit on the hall. It’s very close to J.35 of the M4. Here’s the details: Pencoed Miner’s Welfare Hall, 51-53 Heol-Y-Groes. CF35 5PE
M4 Junction 35
Take A473 North to Pencoed.
First left at the next roundabout, onto Felindre Road. Go past the Rugby Club and swimming pool on the left.
Turn right at the T junction onto Coychurch Road.
Turn right at the crossroads by the monument, just past a garage on the right.
The Miner’s Welfare Hall is on the left, access to the car park is just past the building. A map is below.

Accepted rarity reports

Here are some recent accepted rarity reports for 2019, published by the Glamorgan Rarities Committee, listed here with their permission.

  • Shore Lark, Newton Point, 10th Nov 2019
  • Snow Bunting, Knap, Barry, 11th Nov 2019
  • Red-backed Shrike, Nottage, Porthcawl, 15th Nov 2019
  • Richard’s Pipit, Nash Point, 13th Nov 2019
  • Glossy Ibis, Kenfig Pool, 28th Nov 2019
  • Ortolan Bunting, Caerlan Farm, Penrhiwfer, 26th Aug 2019
  • Long-tailed Skua, Port Eynon, Gower, 15th Oct 2019

Upcoming field trip

The last field trip of 2019 is to Ogmore Estuary and shoreline, on Weds 18th Dec. High tide is at 11 a.m,. so we will meet at 10 a.m. at the sloping grass car park by Portobello House/Island. If you can car share with someone please do, but I will not be going to the St Margaret’s Road meet point as it is in the opposite direction. I will be going from Penarth via Barry and the coast road. Perhaps folk can let me now if they are coming so I have an idea of numbers. John Wilson

2018 East Glam Bird Report

In case anyone’s wondering I contacted our printer on 28th Nov and was told that they had 3 days more of printing and collating, before sending the whole lot out to be bound. So I’m hopeful that it will be ready this week and that we can get them all stuffed in envelopes and posted before Christmas. John Wilson [Ed].

Indoor meeting – Goshawks by Steve Watson

Just a quick reminder that there’s an indoor meeting tomorrow [Tues 3rd] at Kenfig Reserve centre starting 7:45 p.m. when Steve Watson of the Gloucester Raptor Group will be giving a talk on Goshawks. Those who came to his previous talk on Peregrine will know that it shd be very interesting. This is the last talk of this year and indeed the last that will be held at Kenfig. PS there will be mince pies!

Web site changes

Folk will have noticed no doubt that the website has changed. Following some changes in the committee of the Gower Ornithological Society, with whom we have been partners on this website and the preceding one for a good number of years, it was decided that they, GOS, would like to set up a bespoke website of their own, which they have now done, in partnership with the Gower Ringing Group. Both ourselves and GOS feel that this is a positive step, especially for new members of either club who now have the relevant information immediately to hand, without the need to negotiate to the correct set of menus and /or web pages on a shared site. We wish GOS all success with their new site and hope that GBC members will continue to use ours. Please use the Sightings pages as well as social media for bird news, so that all members see what’s about. Here’s a link to the new GOS site:

Upcoming field trip to Slimbridge and indoor meeting

The next event is a field trip to WWT Slimbridge. It’s on Sunday 1st Dec. Sundays are a popular day and we like to try & get there when they open which is at 09:30. This will require departure from Cardiff at 08:20. To car share, meet at St Margaret’s Rd, Whitchurch in time for an 08:20 departure and please let John Wilson know if you are coming and whether you will meet there or at Slimbridge itself. A map of St Margaret’s Rd is on the web site: There are entrance fees for non-WWT members:Adult £14.80 with gift aid, £13.45 without. Concession – 65+ disabled etc, £12.60 or £11.45. You can save 10% by buying entrance tickets online via their web site. Click here for the relevant page.

Following that, on Tues 3rd Dec, we have an indoor meeting at Kenfig NNR centre, when Steve Watson of the Gloucester Raptor group will be giving a talk on Goshawks. Starts at 7:45 p.m. Steve didn’t have time in his talk last year, to tell us about this aspect of his work.

Field trip to Garwnant

Apologies for the lateness of this but I have been away since Friday and had a hectic week last week. There’s a field trip to Garwnant on Wednesday [13th] and the plan is to meet in the car park there at around 10 a.m. Garwnant is the forestry centre at the northern end of Llwyn-on Reservoir, off the A470. There’s a brown sign where the turning is.

2 Upcoming GBC events

First on Sun 3rd Nov there’s a field trip to South Gower. I’m planning on visiting Oxwich Bay, Port Eynon and time permitting, Mewslade and Rhossili. I am posting this now as I am away fromSat 26th Oct for a week in North Wales and won’t be back until the day before the trip. Hence I’m not planning on a very early start after driving all the way back from Dogellau the previous day. I suggest meeting at the Oxwich Bay car park at 10:30. High tide is around that time. Also I’m not planning on meeting anyone at St Margaret’s Road, although I realise that car sharing is to be encouraged, but it’s in the opposite direction to which I’ll be travelling. Please let me know if you’ll be coming. We will have no WiFi in the cottage we stay in but I am happy to receive a text or Whatsapp message, and at some point I shd be able to check emails in a cafe we know in Dolgellau. I do not do much internet on my phone as I only have a small data allowance [by choice]. John Wilson

Second, on Tues 5th Nov is the second of our winter series of indoor meetings when David Carrington, the long-standing warden at KNNR, will be giving us a talk entitled “about KNNR” – an insight into the running and management of the reserve and what treasures it holds. The timing is particularly apposite given the current state of flux regarding the future of the reserve although it appears that the Kenfig Corporation Trust are in the final discussions with NRW about the latter taking over the overall management from Bridgend CBC when the current lease ends at the end of December. Indoor meetings start at 7:45 p.m. at the KNNR centre.

East Glam Bird Report 2018

In case anyone is wondering, the 2018 East Glam Bird Report is being proof read at the moment. All content is now complete so it’s a matter of me putting together the complete pdf with colour pages, to send to the printer, once I have had the proof read text back and made any necessary adjustments. It’s all getting a bit tight for getting it out and in the post, but it is a big job, and I’m very grateful to everyone who has helped in its production.

GBC films with Weatherman walking

A little while ago we were approached by the team who film Derek Brockway in his ‘Weatherman Walking’ series, which they are in the process of filming for a second series to be shown sometime in 2020. He was in the process of covering the Heritage Coast and they thought it would be good for him to meet some local birdwatchers, particularly with the interest of the resident Choughs. So six of the GBC committee them at Cwm Nash and some filming was done on the path at the top of the west cliffs. We were very fortunate in that we were entertained by three Choughs flying back and forth whilst we were there.

L>R: John Wilson, Anne Wilson, Derek, Strinda Davies, Rhos Williams, Jean Haslam

Two upcoming events

Just a reminder that the first indoor meeting of this ‘winter’ is tomorrow evening at KNNR reserve centre starting at 7:45. Steve Roberts, an expert on the subject, will be giving a talk on Honey Buzzards.

Another upcoming event – there’s a field trip to Steart Marshes reserve near Bridgwater on Sunday 6th Oct. High tide at around 12:40. We shd see lots of waders either on the reserve or by the nearby shore. Leave Cardiff at around 8 shd get us there at 9:40 or thereabouts. Good to get a rising tide as the tide comes in very quickly there. Google Maps will find WWT Steart Marshes for you – the car park is in Stert Drove [that’s not a spelling mistake]. Let me know in advance if you want picking up at St Margaret’s Road.