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Monday, 20 January 2014

Llanishen Res.

The Common Snipe count of c150 at Llanishen Res. [PB & MCP] equals the highest count for Cardiff [CBWR Dec 2003, V. Grantham] and is the highest recorded for the reservoirs. The observers state that this site could contain upwards of 200+ [MCP pers comm.]. There are only 3 counts higher in East Glamorgan, all from the Cadoxton area between 1956-1972. The highest which was stated as c220 [1956, D. Griffin], and documented in text the 1966 GBR as such, was actually stated in Birds of Glamorgan 1967 and in CNS Transactions, Ornithological Notes 1956 as only 'over 200'. This is further stated as '200+ in Birds of Glamorgan 1995. The highest previously documented count for VC41 is 220 at Oxwich Marsh in 1979, however there is a count for 250 at Pant-y-sais Fen 3rd Feb 2003 [D. Painter] on the GBC/GRC Database.
[We can only suggest that Col. HM-S was in personal communication with Mr Griffin, hence the c220 given in the 1966 report.]

Birds of Glamorgan 1967 [Heathcote, Griffin & Morrey-Salmon]
Birds of Glamorgan 1995 [Hurford & Lansdown]
Glamorgan Bird Report Vol.1 No.5, 1966
Cardiff Naturalists' Society Transactions. Ornithological Notes Vol. LXXXV, p22 1955-56
Llanishen & Lisvane Reservoirs' Ornithological Report March 1983 [N. Odin]
GBC/GRC Database

1 comment:

Barry Stewart said...

Jake, the Oxwich total was a coordinated count of the whole marsh organised by D.O. Elias (Gower Birds, 1980)