The Birds of Radnorshire

The Birds of Radnorshire has recently been published and is the first comprehensive avifauna for 'The Heart of Wales'. It is a lavish 300-page hardback volume written by Pete Jennings (county bird recorder for the last 28 years and trustee and former Chairman of the Radnorshire Wildlife Trust), illustrated by Alan Harris (one of the worlds most reknowned bird artists) and printed by Cambrian Printers of Aberystwyth.

Birds of Radnorshire cover

Birds of Radnorshire cover

Many birdwatchers criss-cross the Ceredigion/Radnorshire border in search of birds. Landlocked Radnorians head west for a hit of sea and estuary birdlife whilst birders from Ceredigion occasionally head for the hills to the east where the two counties share a border which bisects the Claerwen National Nature Reserve.

With no coastline, Radnorshire has comparatively few records of real seabirds. However, over the years there have been some 35 records of Manx Shearwater two of which were ringed on Skokholm four and five days before finding. Doubtless most, if not all, the 35 have been young birds leaving their burrows on Skokholm or Skomer and heading in the wrong direction - finding themselves in Llandrindod Wells rather than off the coast of Brazil!

The Birds of Radnorshire is available for £30 (p&p free) from Pete Jennings, Park View, Staunton on Arrow, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 9HT. Cheques may be sent by post payable to P.Jennings or payment can be made online to sort code: 30-94-99 account number: 25305260 and email your address to

In support of the 'Save our Seabirds' appeal of WTSWW there will be a donation of £5 for every copy sold if you put (WTSWW) on your order.