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Forthcoming Events

Saturday, 28 April 2012

Our annual visit to RSPB Dinas for Pied Flycatcher, Woodwarbler and Redstart etc.  Meet in Reserve car park at 9.30pm.  Should the weather not be suitable, we will try again on Saturday, 5 May 2012.

Saturday, 19 May 2012

Joint meeting at Craig Cerrig Gleisiad with our friends from Gwent O.S.  Meet at 9.30am at Layby SN989249 on A470 if travelling north.  Second layby after Libanus if from the north (Brecon).  We will then move on to Forest Lodge for walk along Sarn Helen to Cwm Ddu.  Easy terrain with mountain option.  Hopefully the weather will be fine if not, Saturday, 26 May 2012 is an option.  

Friday, 29 June 2012

Nightjar watch at Crychan Forest.  Meet in car park SN838412 at 8.30pm.  Hopefully, there will be a nice selection of other birds to see.  (Do not forget your “Avon Skin So Soft”).  

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Butterflies, dragonflies, birds and plants at Pembrey CP.  Another opportunity to see Fritillary species, Marbled White and others.  Meet in car park on left prior to entrance to Country Park at 9.30am.

Friday, 17 August 2012

Tern watch at Burry Port.  Meet in free car park on road to old Pembrey Harbour, just passed Shoreline Caravan Park at 6pm.  High tide is at 19.04.

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Kidwelly Quay and Glanyrafon NR.  Meet at Quay at 10am.  High tide is at 11.45am.

For all outdoor events please check website on the evening prior to event or ring Wendell on 07912577626 if in any doubt about the weather.

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Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Thank you to Dave Rich for his interesting illustrated talk on the two visits he made to New Zealand in 2007 and 2008.  

Being an island nation with a history of long isolation and having no land mammals apart from bats, the birds of New Zealand have evolved to include a large number of unique species. Over the 65 million year isolation from any other land mass New Zealand became a land of birds and when Captain James Cook arrived in the 1770s he noted that the bird song was deafening.

New Zealand birds were, until the arrival of the first humans, an extraordinarily diverse range of specialised birds. In New Zealand, the ecological niches normally occupied by mammals as different as rodents, kangaroos and moles, were filled by reptiles, insects, or birds. The only terrestrial mammals were three species of bat (of which two survive today).

When humans arrived in New Zealand about 700 years ago this unique and unusual ecology became endangered. The most damage however was caused by habitat destruction and the other animals humans brought with them, particularly rats, but also cats, rabbits, stoats, weasels, and Australian possums. The flightless birds were in particular danger. Consequently many bird species became extinct, and others remain critically endangered. Several species are now confined only to offshore islands, or to fenced "ecological islands" from which predators have been eliminated. New Zealand is today a world leader in the techniques required to bring severely endangered species back from the brink of extinction.

Eighty seven percent of New Zealand birds are endemic.

Dave showed us his wonderful photographs of the many birds he saw on both the South and North Islands of New Zealand.  I researched the areas and reserves Dave visited and the birds found in those particular areas.   If any one is interested to see the list, please contact me (Julie Evans).

If you are going to New Zealand on a birding trip or are interested in the birds of New Zealand, Dave recommends that you invest in the Handguide to Birds of New Zealand by Hugh Robertson and Barrie Heather.

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

An illustrated talk by Mr Paul Richards of Pembroke “A Year in the Life of a Wildlife Photographer”.  Thank you Paul for showing us some fantastic photographs of birds and wildlife in Wales.  Paul has been taking photographs for six years and his skill certainly showed in his photography.  If anyone is interested in having a look at Paul’s photographs his website is www.pronature.co.uk.

Saturday, 3 March 2012

It was third time lucky having been unable to visit Whiteford on 4th and 18 February due to inclement weather.  Seven hardy souls braved the strong wind and squally showers on our annual pilgrimage.  The highlights of the day were Jack Snipe, Common Snipe, Slavonian Grebe, big flocks of Golden Plover, Sanderling and Eider.  47 species were counted in all.  Thank you very much Wendell for organising another great day out.


Brecon Beacons National Park

I have been in communication with Toby Small, Area Warden (West) about surveying birds in the west area of the Beacons National Park. The intention is to record bird populations and breeding evidence to check that their habitat management programme is working as intended. There are three areas under consideration, the woods around Carreg Cennen castle, Carn Goch and Tair Carn ridge. The first two are fairly manageable discrete units, Tair Carn is a different matter and will need some thought, but my first thoughts are something along the lines of the BTO Breeding Bird Survey using set transects. It is unlikely anything will be happening this year but if anybody is interested in helping out with this could they please let me know.

Terry Wells

Charity status

We are now registered with HMRC as a charity for tax purposes in line with Paragraph 1 of Schedule 6 Finance Act 2010. This means that we can now claim Gift Aid on your subscription if you are a tax payer, please complete and return the Gift Aid Form to the Treasurer if you are.

Tan y Lan Holiday Cottages

One of our members has holiday cottages to rent in Llangain.  They are in a lovely tranquil spot overlooking the River Towy near Llansteffan.  If anyone is interested or knows someone who is looking for a holiday cottage for the summer, the details are over the page.

If any one has any interesting birding articles or accounts of birding holidays etc they would like to be added to the Newsletter please contact Julie by email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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