Why Submit Records?


It is vital that every birdwatcher within the recording area submits their records to the county recorder at the end of each year. The most important reason for submitting records is that they allow a detailed picture of the distribution of bird populations within the area to be built up. Over time, any fluctuations in populations can be monitored and action can be taken if the population of a particular species starts to decline.

Records collected from the North-wales area form the basis of the the county bird reports that are produced. Reports of rare scarce and unusual birds are dealt with by the Welsh Rarities Committee. 

There is a whole section below on recording your observations and ensuring that they get to the appropriate person, there are also other sections detailing information on how monitoring the early and late dates of migrant help us to understand if they are arriving earlier and later each spring and autumn. There is also a section detailing some of the more interesting ringing recoveries from North-Wales.

Obviously, there are vast numbers of birds within the area, so the more bird watchers that submit records, the more detailed the data will be. From twitchers, to regular patch watchers, to casual bird watchers, it doesn't matter how insignificant you may think your sightings are, they all make a valuable contribution. For example, many common birds are under recorded in the county, and it is not really known whether or not the population is stable. Swifts are particularly under scrutiny at the moment [2017] as they are greatly reduced in numbers and projects are in progress to encourage them to expand their breeding sites. Records and counts of where they are seen are therefore valuable.

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Records we want

Ringed Birds

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Migrant Watch