The Welsh Harp Conservation Group’s latest annual report was published at the end of March. It gives details of the group’s activities and the wildlife recorded at Brent Reservoir during the calendar year 2018.
The report can be downloaded in PDF format from the Publications page of this website, as can past annual reports from 2007–08 onwards.
The Welsh Harp Report for 2018 begins with a two-page WHCG chairman’s report, followed by a five-page, month-by-month review of the year’s birding highlights. The review notes that the total number of bird species encountered in 2018 was 126 — five fewer than in 2017 and the lowest count since a tally of 124 in 2003.
Brent Reservoir’s first ever Cattle Egret is nominated as bird of the year. Other highlights include Hoopoe and Goshawk, both recorded no more than three times previously, plus the site’s fifth Spoonbill and the first Spotted Redshank since 1984. And 2018 is recorded as the best ever year for Jack Snipe, with one or two birds seen regularly during the last three months of the year.
The bulk of the report — 27 pages — is devoted to species-by-species accounts of the year’s birds. The report ends with data on the first and last dates recorded for of regular migrants, a summary of the autumn’s visible migration findings, and an article on other wildlife recorded at the Welsh Harp during 2018.
The report is illustrated throughout and includes nearly 40 coloured photographs taken by group members during the year.