Sources of Information

Pembrokeshire Bird Report 1880

Bob Haycock came across this report when researching historical information about chough in the county. We’ve reproduced it in its entirety here, breaking it into sections and paragraphs to make it easier to read. In the original, each section was a single paragraph. The scientific names are as given in the original – many somewhat […]

Pembrokeshire Breeding Bird Atlas 2003-07

The Pembrokeshire Breeding Bird Atlas 2003-07 provided an update to the 1994 Birds of Pembrokeshire, covering the breeding species only. THE MAKING OF THE ATLAS Introduction The county of Pembrokeshire is some 158,000 hectares (613 square miles) in extent, with its southern, western and northern boundaries all coastal. The climate is maritime, with strong oceanic influences […]

Birds of Pembrokeshire 1994

DONOVAN. J. and REES. G. 1994, Birds of Pembrokeshire (Status and Atlas of Pembrokeshire Birds), Dyfed Wildlife Trust. The species accounts from this book are reproduced on this website with permission of the authors and the Wildlife Trust. Background to the 1984-88 breeding distribution maps (adapted from Donovan & Rees, 1994) Maps of breeding distribution were […]

1980s BTO Winter Atlas

The Winter Atlas maps 200 species occurring in Britain and Ireland in winter.  The maps are derived from surveys of birds present in Britain and Ireland during the three winters, 1981/82, 1982/83 and 1983/84.  The surveys were organised by the British Trust for Ornithology and the Irish Wildbird Counsevancy, as were the earlier breeding birds […]

1968-72 BTO breeding bird atlas

The first national breeding bird survey was organised by the British Trust for Ornithology and the Irish Wildbird Counsevancy. The Atlas presented the results of five summers of fieldwork (1968-72) carried out by volunteers and covering the whole of Britain and Ireland. The maps reproduced here for species occurring in Pembrokeshire use the same categories of […]

The Birds of Pembrokeshire – 1949

Species accounts reproduced by kind permission of the Wildlife Trust for South and West Wales (direct descendents of the West Wales Field Society). The species accounts take up the second half of the original book – the first half is devoted to a description of the county and it’s birding sites, with an overview of […]

1894 “The Birds of Pembrokeshire and its islands”

This book by the Rev Murray Mathew was the first comprehensive review of birds in Pembrokeshire.  It relies heavily on the Reverend’s own observations and interpretations, those of a few acquaintances of his, and those from some local taxidermists. The whole text is available to read online or download as a PDF Only the species accounts are reproduced […]