Under-recorded species

GBC members – we need your help

Over the last couple of years it has become apparent that quite a number of common species and also some of our rarer species are under-recorded with regard in particular to breeding data.

Hence, the GBC Committee have set up a sub-group to look at gaps in breeding records revealed after an analysis of the latest Eastern Glamorgan Bird Report (2018). This was undertaken with a view to identifying species for which we’d like observers to give a little more attention in respect of breeding activity.  The most useful way of recording this is to use the BTO categories of confirmed, probable or possible breeding. More details about this approach are given below.
The species criteria we used were:

  • birds which are still thought to breed in Eastern Glamorgan
  • S.7 species, or red-listed species – or both [see below]
  • other more common species where we think there are gaps in records. We’ve included these as they may be easy for folk to observe during ‘Lockdown’.

S.7 and red-listed species

For those who are not familiar with these designations, here’s what they mean:
Section 7 [S.7] species are those listed as being of principal importance for conservation of biological diversity in Wales, under Section 7 of the Environment (Wales) Act 2016. These species can be viewed on the Biodiversity Wales website where there is a link to the relevant document.
See: www.biodiversitywales.org.uk/Environment-Wales-Bill
Red-listed species are birds of Conservation Concern for Wales under the so-called BoCC W3 list published in 2016. A link to the full paper which contains this list and the definitions of Red {and Amber} status can be found on the Welsh Ornithological Society web site.
See: https://birdsin.wales under <Birds in Wales> <Resources> “Birds of Conservation Concern Wales 3.

BTO breeding categories & codes

The BTO have three categories relating to breeding behaviour – Confirmed breeding, Probable breeding, and Possible breeding. If you use the BTO Bird Track facility they are entered as alphabetic codes from a drop down list, but depending upon how you keep your records, the words could be used [but not in BirdTrack itself]. The list of categories and their component codes are shown below. You can download a simple printable pdf list – click on the image below.

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Last but not least – the species we are after.

As above this is an image of the summary extracted from a spreadsheet analysis of the species we are interested in. We are interested in ALL these species. The ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ entries just relate to whether they are S.7 or Red/Amber listed – i.e. the ‘No’, ‘No’ species are still ones we are asking for attention on.

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We have created a further page on this subject, where you can see a list of the 27 species we have chosen, which are on the Environment Wales Act Section 7 list, as species which are of importance for the purpose of maintaining and enhancing biodiversity in relation to Wales. Each species listed has a link to more information including distribution map[s] taken from the East Glamorgan Bird Atlas website. Click here to go to the page:

So to sum up, if you’re birding in your garden, or as part of your local daily walk, keep an eye out for, and record, signs of breeding, from just singing males or a bird in habitat, to nests with young, particularly for the species in the list, but also of course of any other species you might see. We should of course make sure we are adhering to the Birdwatchers Code, which is set out in full in the leaflet on the BTO website here.