Please do not post reports of nesting birds or sightings of rare or Schedule 1 breeders. Sightings which might lead to disturbance will be removed.



Mitchel Troy

Sun 7th Apr 2024

Main sighting: Mistle Thrush

Sitting tight on nest in Yew tree twelve feet high approx.

Verity Picken


Sun 7th Apr 2024

Main sighting: Curlews wanted

Curlews are becoming more active and vocal at the moment so these next few weeks are the best time to find them. Please email all sightings and heards to giving the date, location (a grid reference is a huge help) and the number of birds. Notes on behaviour such as chasing another Curlew, seeing off a predator, display flights or alarm calling would be really useful.

Lyndon Waters

Magor Marsh

Sat 6th Apr 2024

Main sighting: Blackcap

FIve male Blackcaps in pollarded tree at
Magor Marsh ,all bickering with each other

Neville James Davies

River Rhymney, Machen section

Sat 6th Apr 2024

Main sighting: Goosander and Swallows

Around 0915 1 male and 2 female goosanders up river flying towards Caerphilly above the tree line but following the path of the river. Male flew back downriver again above the tree line around 1315. Also throughout the morning, 6 separate swallows aerial feeding and again heading towards the direction of Caerphillty.

Allan Dowson


Sat 6th Apr 2024

Main sighting: green sandpiper

no other birders at Goldcliff this morning!! 1-Green Sandpiper from the first hide on the near side of the island.Also from the first hide but on the waters edge beyond the island and looking decidedly a blotchy black and white as it aquires its breeding plumage,a Spotted Redshank.10h30-12h00

Neville James Davies

Goldcliff Lagoons

Fri 5th Apr 2024

Main sighting: Weekly update

En-route to hides – moorhen, chiffchaffs (5 seen in total on the reserve), woodpigeons, starling, 3 singing blackcaps, blue tit, magpies, collard dove, pheasant, jackdaws, chaffinch, wren, lesser black-backed gulls, crows, sparrows, blackbird and robin. Field behind hide 2 and reen – greylags, mallards, 2 gadwall, siskin overhead calling, green woodpecker calling, goldfinch and cormorant. Hide 2 – skylarks, 22 avocet, 6 shoveler, wigeon now 9 only, 15 redshanks, 6 teal now only, 22 shelduck, 1 spotted redshank (going slowly into breeding plumage), 2 lapwing, coot, 1 snipe only, and 1 buzzard and herring gulls. Snipe platform – 4 male and 3 female tufteds, reed bunting and 3 little grebes. Seawall – pied wagtail, 53 more shelduck, 1 curlew, 2 oystercatchers and 116 more Canada geese. Hide three – pair linnets, male stonechat, 1 swallow, 6 more lapwing, 8 more avocet, 1 dunlin, 1 black-tailed godwit only, 2 ringed plovers, pair pintail, meadow pipits, 2 more curlew, mute swan and female sparrowhawk.

Neville James Davies

Red barn Pool

Fri 5th Apr 2024

Main sighting: Willow Warblers

Bit quieter here today but species seen included Canada geese, robin, chiffchaff, wren, magpies, woodpigeons, mallards, blue tit, crows, coot, gadwall pair, single lapwing, skylark, cormorant, 2 singing willow warblers, cettis, jackdaws, long tailed tits and a pheasant.

Nicholas Beswick


Thu 4th Apr 2024

Main sighting: Common Sandpiper

Common Sandpiper on River Usk a little upstream of Llanfoist bridge. Sand Martins swarming above their nest colony.

Lee Parsons


Thu 4th Apr 2024

Main sighting: Swallow

Swallow flying through 15:15pm.

Neville James Davies

Duffryn industrial estate, Ystrad Mynach

Tue 2nd Apr 2024

Main sighting: Goosander

Male flying low and fast downstream between the old post office and Biotage section.

iain crawford


Sat 30th Mar 2024

Main sighting: Swallow

A swallow over the Wye bridge

Neville James Davies

Goldcliff Lagoons

Fri 29th Mar 2024

Main sighting: Wheatear

En-route to hides: wrens, ls black-backed gulls, greenfinch, jackdaws, collard dove, magpies, raven, chiffchaff, woodpigeons, cettis, starlings, pheasant, sparrows and blackcap. Hide one – fem marsh harrier, 1 cormorant, 1 heron, 28 shelduck, mallards, 28 redshank, 18 teal, 27 avocet, 6 shoveler, 9 wigeon, Canada geese, greylags, 4 lapwing, coot, 2 black-tailed godwits, 2 gadwall, herring gulls, spotted redshank and 5 singing skylarks. En-route to hide 2 – goldfinches, robin, reed buntings, moorhen and blue tit. Hide two – pair pintail, 2 snipe, 2 oystercatchers and 2 stock doves. Snipe platform – 8 male and 3 fem tufteds and lt grebes. Marsh platform – long-tailed duck. Seawall – 2 male stonechats with a male wheatear, pied wagtail, gt black-backed gull and 12 curlew. Hide three – the remaining 207 black-tailed godwits were on the edge of the island, 3 lt egrets, linnet and 10 ringed plovers.

Next event

8:30 am Outdoor meeting Trellech Heaths @ Trellech Heaths
Outdoor meeting Trellech Heaths @ Trellech Heaths
May 26 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am
Meet at Ninewells Car Park  SO 51495 03853 at 08:30 Moderate 2-3 hour walk