The Welsh Harp Conservation Group’s latest annual report, compiled by Andrew Self, was published on 2nd April 2020. It gives details of the group’s activities and the wildlife recorded at the Welsh Harp during the calendar year 2019.
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 2019 WHCG report begins with a two-page chairman’s report, followed by a four-page, month-by-month review of the year’s birding highlights. The review records that the total number of bird species encountered in 2019 was 129, which was five more than in 2018 but two fewer than in 2017.
The review notes that 2019 produced no spectacular birds to match the Cattle Egret of 2018, the Ring-billed Duck of 2017, the Spotted Sandpiper of 2016 or even the Caspian Gull of 2015— all firsts for the reservoir (if you discount a Spotted Sandpiper shot two centuries ago) — but the year’s tally nevertheless included some interesting species, including the site’s third ever record of Raven, its 12th of Marsh Harrier, its 13th of Brent Goose (only the second this century) and its 14th of Avocet.
The bulk of the report — 31 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 regular migrants, a summary of the autumn’s visible migration findings, and an article on other wildlife recorded at the Welsh Harp during 2019.
The report is illustrated throughout and includes 42 coloured photographs taken by group members during the year. Most are superb images contributed by Magnus Andersson.