Accipiter gentilis – GWALCH MARTH – Status unclear
During the last breeding atlas, a single pair of goshawks bred in the county. Since then they have colonised, presumably from the increasing core population in our neighbouring counties. By 2007 there were between 12 and 15 pairs and they are likely to continue increasing in both number and range within the county, though perhaps always with a bias towards the better wooded east and north.
They can be very easily overlooked especially after their initial display period in February to April but they tend to be site faithful so the distribution and population estimate can be considered reliable.
|No of tetrads occupied||(of 478)||28 (of 490)|
|Percentage of tetrads||%||5.7%|
Rees G.H., Haycock R.J., Haycock A, Hodges J.E., Sutcliffe S.J., Jenks P, and Dobbins R. 2008, Atlas of Breeding Birds in Pembrokeshire 2003-07. Pembrokeshire Bird Group.
Photo of juvenile goshawk at Carew Cheriton by Richard Ellis