Wheatear – 2003-07 breeding

Oenanthe oenanthe – TINWEN Y GARN – Breeding summer visitor and passage migrant. Not recorded in February and December

Comparison with previous atlas:

Breeding confirmed4236
Breeding probable1919
Breeding possible2431
No of tetrads occupied85 (of 478)86 (of 490)
Percentage of tetrads17.8%17.6%

It was estimated that 400 pairs of wheatears were nesting in the county during the 1984-88 survey. The distribution found during the 2003-07 survey was essentially the same as in the previous one. It is therefore considered that the population remained unchanged. A decrease in the number breeding on Skomer was balanced by an increase in the number breeding on Ramsey. No evidence was found that the BBS assessment of a 19% decrease in Wales between 1994 and 2007 was applicable to Pembrokeshire. This may be because the Preseli Hills continued to be heavily grazed by sheep and coastal areas were maintained in a favourable condition by the PCNPA’s “Conserving the Coastal Slopes” Project, which may have partially compensated for any possible reduction in Rabbit numbers by reintroduction of grazing by livestock.

Graham Rees. Pembrokeshire County Bird Recorder 1981-2007

Records extracted from the Pembrokeshire Bird Reports which may contain more detail than shown here

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