Gwent – vice county 35

Map above: hover over sites for a short site description; clicking on the location will take you to an external website where available. Information below: click on the ‘+’ symbol to provide more detail.

Bird-recording in Wales is based largely on the Watsonian vice-county system. Gwent VC35 covers the eastern part of Caerphilly, Blaenau Gwent, Torfaen, Newport and Monmouthshire unitary authorities. A small area of Brecknockshire north of Ebbw Vale is included within the Gwent bird recording area.

County Bird Recorder

Tom Chinnick, School House, Llangenny, Usk, NP15 1DL
Tel: 01495 350360

County Bird Report

Current and back issues can be bought from the Gwent Ornithological Society website.

Bird Club

* Gwent Bird Club has a programme of indoor meetings (held at Penperlleni, north of Pontypool), field trips, a regular newsletter (The Dipper) and conservation projects.

Join on the GOS website.

*Affiliated to the Welsh Ornithological Society

British Trust for Ornithology

Regional representative: Jerry Lewis.  Tel: 01873 855 091.

Local Site Information

Birdwatching Walks in Gwent, by Gwent Ornithological Society (2013) Published to celebrate the Society’s fiftieth anniversary, the book details over 60 walks of varied lengths covering all of Gwent’s bird habitats. Expected birds are listed together with tips on how best to see them. Route descriptions are supplemented by detailed maps and all have been ‘road-tested’ to ensure they work. Includes information on public transport and wheelchair access, and a checklist of the birds of Gwent (£14.49 including p&p, from Gwent Ornithological Society).

Google Map of all significant birding sites has been produced by local birders.

The Birds of Gwent, by Andrew Baker et al (2008), published by Helm. ISBN 0713676337. RRP £40 (£30 from Gwent Ornithological Society). This updates and incorporates information from the following publications, available for £7.50 for the pair (cheques to Gwent Ornithological Society) from Jerry Lewis, Y Bwthyn Gwyn, Coldbrooke, Abergavenny NP7 9TD

The Birds of Gwent, by P N Ferns et al (1977). ISBN 1872808344. RRP £16.95.

The Gwent Atlas of Breeding Birds by Stephanie Tyler, Jerry Lewis, Al Venables and John Walton (1987). Covers the period 1981-85. ISBN 0950576093

Online Atlas

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