Reporting rare and Schedule 1 species

Gwent has many sites of ornithological interest which hold rare breeding bird species.  The Newport Wetlands Reserve (including Goldcliff lagoons, Uskmouth reedbeds and Saltmarsh grasslands) is a wardened site and relatively secure for breeding birds but many sites elsewhere in the county are unprotected and the species present could be vulnerable to accidental disturbance or worse (e.g. poisoning, egg collecting, etc.)

For this reason, we ask observers to please AVOID PUBLICLY POSTING SIGHTINGS WHICH INCLUDE SPECIFIC LOCATIONS for any rare and/or Schedule 1 species (see list below) that are showing signs of breeding or are resident in suitable habitat during the breeding season.

If you discover any of these species, please report your sighting directly to the county recorder at county recorder but please avoid putting the information on the sightings page or on any of the various social media platforms.  Some of these species are present in Gwent as passage migrants in the spring and autumn and can be reported but, if in any doubt as to whether they might be breeding, please contact the county recorder before reporting their whereabouts.


Rare, locally rare and/or Schedule 1 species that breed, or have bred in South Wales (or may potentially breed in the future)

Please avoid publicising their presence during the breeding season (March-August) 

  • Avocet (away from NWR)
  • Barn Owl
  • Bearded Tit (away from NWR)
  • Bittern
  • Black Redstart
  • Cattle Egret
  • Cetti’s Warbler (away from NWR)
  • Chough
  • Common Crane
  • Common Crossbill
  • Common Quail
  • Dartford Warbler
  • Firecrest
  • Garganey (away from NWR)
  • Goshawk
  • Hen Harrier
  • Hobby
  • Honey Buzzard
  • Kingfisher
  • Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
  • Little Egret
  • Little Ringed Plover (away from NWR)
  • Marsh Harrier
  • Mediterranean Gull
  • Merlin
  • Osprey
  • Peregrine
  • Red Kite
  • Red-backed Shrike
  • Ring Ouzel
  • Savi’s Warbler
  • Spoonbill
  • Tree Sparrow
  • Willow Tit
  • Woodlark