Mute Swan -  Shingle Bank [SHI]  -  23/4/2017  -  ©  Rockdweller
Mute Swan - Shingle Bank [SHI] - 23/4/2017 - © Rockdweller

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Protection for local waders
Over the last 40 years, local populations of many wading birds have plummeted and some species have been lost entirely. The long-running 'Wader Count' survey shows that disturbance is a major factor in the decline. If you agree that our waders need urgent protection at key sites, please email the States of Guernsey Agriculture, Countryside and Land Management Service (ACLMS) at this address -

Bird Section Subs 2017
Dear birders, 2017 Bird Section subscriptions are now due. Each year, the annual subs pay for costs such as the hosting of this website, nestboxes on La Societe's nature reserves and upkeep of the seven public bird hides. By paying just £5, you will be supporting and promoting local birdlife. Please send payment to Jamie Hooper, 1 Trinity Cottages, Torteval, GY8 0QD. Only Societe members can technically be section members but donations from non-members are welcome too! Many thanks and happy birding.

New Rare Bird Report 2015 published
The latest report detailing sightings of rare and scarce birds in the Bailiwick of Guernsey has been published and is available for download - click on the Downloads link in the top menu bar.

Guernsey Birds Facebook Group
For informal chat about local birds and more photos, everyone is welcome to join our Guernsey Birds Facebook Group

Alderney Bird Observatory website
The ABO site is now live and has daily blogs from John Horton, the ABO warden. Well worth a look -

New Guernsey Birds book published

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Latest News (more...)

Sun 23rd Apr
Shingle Bank - 2 Mute Swans in bay in evening. Both were ringed and were originally caught at Abbotsbury, Dorset in July 2013 and were both there in July 2015. Colour ring CBT is the female and CBF is the male.

Sat 22nd Apr
Claire Mare- Little Stint.

Thu 20th Apr
Rocquaine - Osprey.

Tue 18th Apr
Les Vauxbelets - 4 Black-winged Stilts photographed.

Sightings Summary

April 2017   GUE   ALD
March 2017   GUE   ALD
February 2017   GUE   ALD
January 2017   GUE   ALD
All records 2017   GUE   ALD

All records for 2016
All records for 2015
All records for 2014
All records for 2013
All records for 2012
All records for 2011
All records for 2010

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Latest Weather

Last Updated on April 25, 10:00 PM BST
Situation Scattered Clouds
Wind NNW at 10 mph
Temp 6°C
Pressure 1016 Mbar.


Interesting records submitted online


25th Apr: Grands Marais/Pre: Cetti's Warbler. Pleinmont: Redstart, Redstart. Vale Pond: Greenshank, Raven, Greenshank
24th Apr: Claire Mare: Cetti's Warbler, Cetti's Warbler. Colin Best NR: Ring Ouzel. Fort Le Marchant: Tree Pipit. Perelle: Grey Seal. Rue des Bergers: Gadwall. South Coast Cliffs: Raven. Vazon: Royal Tern
23rd Apr: Claire Mare: Cetti's Warbler, Little Stint, Cetti's Warbler. Colin Best NR: Ring Ouzel. La Rue des Truchots, St. Andrew: Great Spotted Woodpecker. Pleinmont: Raven


25th Apr: Barrackmaster's Lane: Ring Ouzel. Vau du Saou: Wood Warbler. Barrackmaster's Lane: Pied Flycatcher, Tree Pipit, Hobby, Grasshopper Warbler. Fort Albert: Cuckoo, Ring Ouzel. Fort Houmet Herbe: Pied Flycatcher. Impot Fields, Alderney: Redstart. Longis Pond: Wood Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper. St Anne, Alderney: Redstart. The Nunnery, Alderney: Redstart. Vau de Saou, Alderney: Pied Flycatcher, Honey-buzzard
24th Apr: Alderney Airport: Hobby. Alderney golf course: Grasshopper Warbler. Alderney: Raven. Barrackmaster's Lane: Pied Flycatcher (see all...)

Observers submitting records this month

Bob Murphy (414); Albert Harvey (256); Wayne Turner (171); John Horton (160); Paul Veron (158); Andy Marquis (140); Julie Davis (127); Kevin Childs (117); Carolyn Brouard (92); Tony Bisson (68); Sarah Garrard (63); Mary Simmons (61); Tim Earl (61); Mark Guppy (54); Rod Ferbrache (38); Jean Brown (34); Vic Froome (29); Jamie Hooper (26); Anthony Loaring (22); Nigel Pletts (20); Liz Thomson (20); Andrew Smith (15); David Spicer (12); Mark Lawlor (8); peter & jane vaudin (4); Phil Alexander (3); Peter Ward (2); Phil Atkinson (2); Stephen Bridgman (1); Lois Le Lacheur (1); Tracey Henry (1);

On this day...
On this date in 1987 Guernsey's fifth record of Glaucous Gull was found at the Reservoir.

Wild species recorded this year to date: 161

(Species recorded in 2014: 196)
(Species recorded in 2013: 191)
(Species recorded in 2012: 215)
(Species recorded in 2011: 208)
(Species recorded in 2010: 210)

Personal year list totals
Jamie Hooper - 132
Anthony Loaring - 130
Rod Ferbrache - 126
Vic Froome - 125
Andy Marquis - 125
David Spicer - 122
Albert Harvey - 109
Paul Veron - 104
Kevin Childs - 103
Mary Simmons - 99
Julie Davis - 88
Carolyn Brouard - 84
Nigel Pletts - 64
Ian Le Page - 55
Sarah Garrard - 42
Karen Jehan - 41
Peter Ward - 22
Jay Friend - 12
Dan Scott - 1
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