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.

All visitors are welcome. You must first register by sending an email to before you can contribute. An invite will be sent to your email address. Blog content will be strictly moderated. Access to pages and downloads are available to everyone. All photographs on this blog remain the property of the originator.
If you would like to use photos, please arrange permission beforehand.

The Glamorgan Rarities Committee, in conjunction with the Glamorgan Bird Club & Gower Wildlife , have agreed to co-operate with the Welsh Ornithological Society in the sharing of bird records & photographs in the interest of keeping accurate records and to promote birdwatching in North, Mid & South Wales.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

1 Year Old Today!

I didn't want to let this day pass without offering a quick summary of the year gone by. This Blog was launched a year ago today by David Gilmore as a platform from which the Glamorgan Rarities Committee could provide information to the birdwatching community, both local and afar. It has developed substantially over the last year and now provides a rich reference point to many different facets of this popular pastime.
In its first full month this Blog generated viewing totals that were roughly 3,150 this has steadily increased over the year and last month the viewing figures produce a blog high of almost 6,300.
One of the main reasons why this Blog works is due to the vast amount of work that David Gilmore and Barry Stewart do in the background. The various lists and reports are products of their tireless work, collecting and subsequently presenting the interesting information into manageable tabloid style sections.
The other reason why it has been so popular is in no small part down to the authors of this Blog that keep the news up to date and provide some breathtaking photos along the way.
I'm looking forward to following this Blog for more years to come and offer sincere thanks to all of the contributors that make it work. Lastly, thanks to all readers for providing the motivation that drives our contributors to produce such high standards.


David Carrington said...

Well said Mark and thanks for your input too. It was certainly an impressive 12 months for rarities, especially in the west.

John Wilson said...

Here here!

David Gilmore said...

The GRC would like to thank all those observers who contribute to making the GRC Forum, the sightings pages on the GBC/GOS website and to Mark and his prompt mobile txts, a better service for all the birders in Glamorgan.
Many thanks from all at the GRC.

Jeff said...

Couldn't agree more,well done to all who contribute,the new "grapevine" is second to none,no reason for anyone now to miss out on a rarity.