Little Grebe

Tachybaptus ruficollis – GWYACH FACH – Breeding resident and winter visitor

Little Grebe – 2016 WeBS

Tachybaptus ruficollis – GWYACH FACH – Breeding resident and winter visitor Little Grebe counts for the Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS) in Pembrokeshire.  Note that data prior to 1995-96 are incomplete. The distribution and the breeding population of little grebe in Pembrokeshire have increased dramatically in the past twenty years, but this has not been reflected in the […]

Little Grebe – 2011

Tachybaptus ruficollis – GWYACH FACH – Breeding resident and winter visitor Breeding The Little Grebe breeds throughout the temperate and tropical Old World and is resident, dispersive and migratory. In Pembrokeshire it inhabits still fresh waters in the breeding season so is absent from the fast flowing rivers and streams. It requires waters to be vegetated around […]

Little Grebe – 2003-07 breeding

Tachybaptus ruficollis – GWYACH FACH – Breeding resident and winter visitor Comparison with previous atlas: 1984-88 2003-07 Breeding confirmed 6 31 Breeding probable 3 9 Breeding possible 5 11 No of tetrads occupied 14 (of 478) 51 (of 490) Percentage of tetrads 2.9% 10.4% The little grebe inhabits still fresh waters in the breeding season so is […]

Little Grebe – 1994

Tachybaptus ruficollis – GWYACH FACH – Breeding resident and winter visitor 1984-88 Breeding confirmed 6 Breeding probable 3 Breeding possible 5 No of tetrads occupied 14 (of 478) Percentage of tetrads 2.9% Mathew (1894) stated that the Little Grebe was a breeding species in Pembrokeshire but was more frequent in the winter months. Lockley et al. (1949) considered that […]

Little Grebe – 1980s winter

Tachybaptus ruficollis – GWYACH FACH – Breeding resident and winter visitor The BTO winter atlas showed that Little Grebes were present in about 56% of Pembrokeshire 10km squares during the winters of 1981-82, 1982-82 and 1983-84, being found on both fresh and estuarine waters. The darker the colour, the higher the relative total count for each 10km square.  The […]

Little Grebe – 1949

Podiceps ruficollis ruficollis Although Mathew stated that it “is the only one that nests in Pembrokeshire” apparently it does not breed, but is numerous in winter. Bertram Lloyd records a flock of forty on the mill-pond at Pembroke, Xmas 1925.  Has been seen Skokholm. R.M.Lockley, G.C.S.Ingram, H.M.Salmon, 1949, The Birds of Pembrokeshire, The West Wales Field Society […]

Little Grebe – 1936

Tachybaptus ruficollis – GWYACH FACH – Breeding resident and winter visitor Extracts from the diaries of Bertram Lloyd, 1936. 14th March: 1 Llanbed Pools, Mathry 26 June:  Llanbed Pools, “We saw 2 well grown young persistently uttering the peep—peep hunger call, though for an hour or more left by their parents, Later we saw one parent feeding […]

Little Grebe – 1894

Tachybaptes fluviatilis – Resident. The Little Grebe, or Dabchick, as it is most commonly called, is the smallest of the Grebe family, and is the only one that nests in Pembrokeshire, and commonly throughout the British Isles. It is more frequently seen in the winter months, because then there is less cover of aquatic vegetation in which to conceal […]