GRC Blog

Welcome to the GRC Recorders pages. This blog provides details on all the relevant news of Glamorgan’s scarcer birds, plus all BBRC & WRP decisions that affect us locally. It will also be used to document the status and occurrence of these scarcer species and we welcome contributions from anyone with photographs, artwork or documentation of rarities past, present and future. The GRC also welcomes all seawatching news from around Glamorgan and news of passage migrants in spring & autumn, uncommon birds in our area and unusual behaviour.

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Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Status of Ruddy Duck in GB

New stats from the nationwide webscount survey suggests that Ruddy Duck is down to 90 individuals in Great Britain. The last count for this species was between 200/300 birds in 2009. This now proves that the DEFRA cull has had a dramatic effect on this species in GB. The GRC are still monitoring the status within VC41, however it looks exceedingly likely that Ruddy Duck will become a description species in January 2012 in Glamorgan.
On a brighter note, the same source estimates that c600 Bitterns are now currently overwintering in GB. Which is good news indeed.

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