Gower Birds

The Society produces Gower Birds (Adar Gwyr, in Welsh) once a year. This is a check-list of the birds recorded in the area. Records are collated by the Society Recorder, who can be contacted through the Society, and are sought for: all rare and scarce species; any new records; all breeding records; bird counts: waders and wildfowl, wintering flocks, gull roosts, migrating birds, seabird numbers of common species; details of ringed birds; escapes and releases, with any notes that may be relevant to their origin, such as coloured leg rings, jesses, etc. and anything else of interest. Records should be submitted via Bird Track or Excel spreadsheet or on record cards, these are available from the Society & County Recorder. As a minimum, an appropriate level of description and/or photographs should be submitted on, or attached to, the record card or e-mail.[3]

Local and scarce bird records for the area include: Black-throated Diver, Red-necked Grebe, Sooty Shearwater, Balearic Shearwater, Leach’s Storm-petrel, Spoonbill, Pink-footed Goose, Garganey, European Honey-buzzard, Red Grouse, Dotterel, Wood Sandpiper, Grey Phalarope, Pomarine Skua, Long-tailed Skua, Sabine’s Gull, Ring-billed Gull, yellow-legged Gull, Iceland Gull, Roseate Tern, Black Guillemot, Little Auk, Long-eared Owl, Hoopoe, Wryneck, Waxwing, Yellow-browed Warbler, Golden Oriole, Great Grey Shrike, Twite and Snow Bunting.

Records submitted to the County Recorder are then considered by the relevant records committee: the British Birds Rarities Committee (BBRC) or the Welsh Records Panel (WRP). The Society does not publish records of any species regarded as British rarities on the list of the BBRC unless the record has been considered and accepted by the BBRC. Records should be sent to the County Recorder as soon as possible after the sighting. Recorder details can be found on this page.

There is also a blog, established for interesting bird, and other wildlife sightings, from Gower, Swansea, Neath and Port Talbot, called Gower Wildlife.