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What records do we want? 

The North Wales Bird Recording Group seeks to collect and collate all available bird records. We welcome all records, and the more detailed the better. Whether a single sighting of something unusual or regular records from your garden, they’re all valuable.


The most important details needed in a bird record are:

- The species of bird;

- the date the species was seen;

- where it was seen (with a 1km grid reference); and

- how many were seen.


Some other details could also be very useful, see below.

How many, of what age?

We would like to receive counts of any species, with details such as: - number of males, females or juveniles

- ages of the birds, e.g. first winter, first summer, adult, juvenile

If you see a large flock, perhaps birds flying to roost, an estimate is useful even if it’s not possible to count the group accurately.  Check recent Bird Reports to get an idea what is ‘usual’ for a species, but be aware that the largest counts may go up or down from one year to the next. Your observations can help us monitor trends. 

Are they breeding?

In the breeding season, we can monitor birds more effectively if we know whether they possibly, probably or were proven to breed, so please record the breeding activity of the bird using the BTO 'Categories of Breeding Evidence'. If you use  BirdTrack, these are in the ‘Extras’ dropdown box.


It is even more important to record the breeding activity using codes, or by describing the breeding behaviour, of rarer breeding birds that are monitored by the Rare Breeding Birds Panel. The RBBP is developing a set of guidelines for monitoring the breeding behaviour of rarer birds. Have a look at these guidelines.

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Where are they?

We’d like records from anywhere in North Wales, whether from a much-visited nature reserve or your garden.  Some areas of North Wales have no records, so these are especially useful in building up a well-informed picture of birds and their conservation needs. Please be tempted to explore some of these lesser known areas. 

We record sightings within individual 1 km squares, so please tell us the grid reference for each record. You may wish to be even more specific, e.g. your own garden, a park or wood. Please note that any records that are submitted at 10km or tetrad level are discarded as they cannot be used.

Right is a map of Sychdyn from the 1:25000 series. It shows the easting is 24 and the northing is 66 within the 100 km square SJ so the reference for this 1 km square is SJ2466.

If you are recording your bird observations in BirdTrack, please use the 'complete list' function whenever possible. If you use the smartphone app, this will autocomplete your location (if you have GPS switched on, and a phone signal).

We would welcome records from previous years that you have not submitted to us. The best way to do so would be via BirdTrack.

NB Very few records provided to 'The Breeding Birds of North Wales' are held in the CBRG database as most were collected at the tetrad level (2 km x 2 km).

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