Carmarthenshire Bird Club
The Camarthenshire Bird Club
The Carmarthenshire Bird Club exists to promote the observation, study and recording of the wild birds and wild-bird populations of Carmarthenshire. The club also organises meetings for its members which include field trips and talks on wildlife topics. Club meetings are an excellent opportunity to meet other birders and to visit places of ornithological interest in enjoyable company.
Most birdwatchers are located around the coast where four major estuaries provide habit of national importance for duck and waders. Kidwelly Quay and the nearby Coedbach Wetland attract a fair number of vagrants as does the WWT Wales Centre at Penclacwydd, near Llanelli. Inland the Towy Valley holds a substantial number of breeding Little-ringed Plover, Tree Sparrows and Sand Martins while Hobby also breed regularly.
The upland forestry of the County are home to breeding Nightjar and Goshawk, while upland oak woodland as at RSPB reserve at Dinas hold Pied Flycatchers and Wood Warblers. The open upland heights at the edge of the Black Mountains sees significant Dotterell passage particularly in April.
The first of our two iconic birds must be the Red Kite now seen in all parts of the County. The second would be the Little Egret, now a regular breeder and seen all along the coast and throughout the lower Towy Valley.
In short, Carmarthenshire has almost every type of habitat save for much in the way of sea cliffs. However, as we are bordered by Gower to the East and Pembrokeshire to the West, Carmarthenshire birders can live with that!
The website contains an excellent directory to good birdwatching sites around Carmarthenshire – a very useful resource if you are unfamiliar with the area.
The club welcomes new members. Membership is available to anyone with an interest in the wildlife of Carmarthenshire. Birds don’t have to be your only, or even your principal, interest. Some of our members are enthusiastic about dragonflies, butterflies, wild plants or general wildlife. And, of course, you don’t have to live in Carmarthenshire to be a member.
For more information on the Club, its activities and officers please see the web site www.carmarthenshirebirds.co.uk
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