Pembrokeshire’s rich and diverse wildlife is one of the many reasons to celebrate the unspoilt environment and relatively pollution-free fresh air. Ornithologists and nature-lovers can delight in an extraordinary variety and abundance of wild birds – countryside dwellers and seabirds.
We keep our bird book to hand as we are still astonished by how many visit our bird feeders daily – just now we have pairs of blackbirds, rooks, sparrows, dunnocks, tits of all shapes and sizes, robins, a profusion of goldfinches and chaffinches and a regular lesser spotted woodpecker…
If you spot a bird that you are not sure of, or wonder how frequent a visitor it may be here, then a good source of information is the Pembrokeshire Bird Group – part of the Wildlife Trust South and West Wales. For 34 years this group has been recording and monitoring wild birds across the county – surveying, ringing and tracking with daily sighting reports on the Pembrokeshire Birds blog. Enthusiasts also have regular meetings and field trips and their anual reports provide an invaluable reference of the changes and state of wild birds in the area. You can sign up for their newsletter or simply enjoy the fantastic gallery of images they have collated.
377 species are identified and the blog has an Avifauna section, which comprises an authoritative body of work about the birds of a region.