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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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, 25 December 2012


Firstly a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year to all, from all at the GRC.

News from BBRC & WRP: All taking effect from 1/01/2013

Glossy Ibis is now no longer considered a national rarity and becomes a Welsh Records Panel species

Ring-billed Gull will stay a WRP species

Bearded Tit is now only considered by WRP for descriptions outside Gwent breeding & dispersal area*

Richard's Pipit is now a GRC D-List species

Wood Lark is now a GRC D-List species

*: I have asked for clarification as to the extent of the 'dispersal area' concerning Eastern Glamorgan.


Phil B said...

No great surprises here. Glossy Ibis must have been on the radar to fall off BBRC list for a little while now considering the upsurge in records in recent years. Will be interesting to see if that upsurge is sustained in the months and years ahead. After all, following the disappearance of the famous long-staying Kent birds in the mid 1980's, Glossy Ibis assumed almost monster rarity status for many years afterwards.
Fully agree that Ring-billed should remain as a WRP species, it has become noticeably scarcer in my view in our part of south Wales, and probably is as rare now as it has ever been since it first occurred at Blackpill almost 40 years ago.

David Gilmore said...

Agree Phil. The recent sightings of GI across the country over the last few years has risen considerably, so no surprise that BBRC dropped it through the amount of records being submitted by these influxes. Although a few barren years and it may go as Savi's and be reinstated.
Ring-billed Gull is now very rare in Wales and is quite rightly on the WRP list. Gone are the days of two at RPL and one on the Taff/Ely!
Wood Lark becomes a local rarity, mainly due to the records that are reported during autumn & winter, it now seems to be fairly regular in south Gower and in the east at Lavernock Point, especially in October.