By Roger Lovegrove, Iolo Williams, Graham Williams
The rugged geographical region of Wales has lengthy been a vacation spot for successive generations of naturalists, ornithologists, oologists and, latterly, birdwatchers. because the pioneering days of Willoughby and Ray, Pennant and Edward Llwyd, increasingly more intrepid travelers have recorded the natural world and different traditional riches of the mountains and coastlines of Wales. regardless of those beginnings and the more moderen 20th century trend for birdwatching, no quantity at the birds of Wales has been produced earlier to serve the expanding desire for scientifically legitimate details for conservation reasons. within the years that experience handed because the first naturalists visited Wales, alterations of incredible scale have taken position within the Welsh nation-state that have had both dramatic affects at the local poultry groups. A succession of fowl species have both been eradicated intentionally through the hand of guy - mostly birds of prey - or were dispossessed by way of adjustments in land use, the unfold of industrialisation, urbanisation and pollutants, traits which proceed at the present time to the expanding detriment of even a few of our so much primary nation-state birds. a lot wonderful habitat is still in spite of the fact that, and new species have are available in to colonise Wales and upload to the magic of its geographical region. This quantity units out for the 1st time the ancient and present prestige of all of the chook species present in Wales including their current distribution. the 3 authors, all employees of the RSPB in Wales, have among them an accrued event of a few eighty years of first-hand wisdom of birds within the Principality. Their wisdom and love of the birds and Wales itself makes this authoritative quantity a landmark either in Welsh and ornithological publishing
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Since 1990 a more structured approach to the monitoring of key species and groups has been instituted jointly by RSPB and the Countryside Council for Wales. ndant 51-250 birds/records per annum in recent years 251-1000 birds/records per annum in recent years 1000+ birds/records per annum in recent years DEFINITIONS Categories of status for non-breeding species are defined as follows: Vagrant Rare Scarce Uncommon 1-10 records this century 11-50 records this century 1-5 birds/records per annum in recent years 6-50 birds/records per annum in recent years Area of Llyn covered by RSPB Surveys 1986-87 The species accounts around the coasts of west and north Wales, with the odd record from inland waters.
Man y birds which breed locally begin to arrive in Welsh waters from about the middle of March. Manx Shearwaters and Gannets become common inshore, Puffins arrive from the Atlantic and Storm Petrels quarter the offshore zones again. Terns and skuas pass through in April and May: only small numbers are seen off the South Wales and Pembrokeshire coasts, but numbers seen increase progressively northwards off Cardiganshire and 29 30 The offshore waters ofWales Caernarfonshire/Anglesey, suggesting that the majority move in off the sea across the south-east of Ireland.
It may be stretching literalness to regard the land between the Dee and the Severn as an isthmus to penin sular Wales, nevertheless the Principality has north, west and south coasts. Off the north and for most of the length of the west coast, lies the Irish Sea. The extreme south of the west coast is bounded by the "outflow" of the Irish Sea - St. George's Channel - and by the open Atlantic. The south coast is flanked by the Bristol Channel and Severn estuary. The nature of these different waters and the effect of Ireland almost landlocking the Irish Sea should be kept in mind when reviewing bird movement.