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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Monday, 27 February 2012


The Bittern was showing well at midday from the doorless [2nd] hide at Forest Farm, Cardiff.
4th March: There are 2 Bitterns at this site, seen from different hides late evening on 4th. [per MCP]

The RSPB will not have dedicated field staff to monitor Bitterns in 2012. However Bitterns continue to increase in England (no data for Wales), from the Action for Birds in England:

I. An increase in the number of booming males up from 87 in 2010 to 104 in 2011
II. An increase in the number of confirmed nests, up from 41 (2010) to 63 in 2011
III. An increase in the number of sites holding booming Bitterns, with 51 sites occupied.
IV. Increase in nesting attempts & booming males in the Avalon Marshes, Somerset.
V. Confirmed nesting at Stodmarsh in Kent, first for 40 years.

Good news indeed.

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