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.

Saturday, 16 February 2013

Black-throated Diver - Lisvane Res

Still present this morning and showing well from the observation platform and car park.

A photographer who regularly contributes to this site was witnessed by myself, another birder and members of the public, trespassing in the north-east corner of the site in order to obtain photographs of the bird. I will refrain from naming the individual concerned, but will not hesitate to do so if I see his photographs of the bird posted on this or any other website. Please note this is unacceptable, selfish behaviour that contravenes the birdwatchers code and risks the currently limited access to this site being withdrawn to all. Besides, it portrays a very negative image of the majority of birders and photographers who read notices and abide by the rules.

1 comment:

David Gilmore said...

Philip, Unfortunately this isn't the first time this has happened. A birder was seen in the restricted area on the 14th trying to get photos of the BTD and was seen by the security guard. This person then fled off through the woods. We have an arrangement with CCW and the owners, who I may add, have been really helpful and supportive to the local birdwatching community, to conduct a winter wildfowl count from Oct-Mar, and as part of that survey we have to note any disturbances. Mostly of these have come through inconsiderate dog-walkers and illegal fishing, however disturbance from members of our own birdwatching community is totally unacceptable. I know we all want to see good birds, but this is a very sensitive site and the restrictions are there for all see and abide by. Please by all means use the carpark (8am-4pm), but all other areas are strictly off limits. Local birders want this important site to remain open to access, however limited in the winter months, for all. So please lets not spoil it all for a 'full-framer' or a closer look. Thank You DRWG (County Recorder)