Wet Wales? I hope not

The Wales Coast Path opens officially today – 870 miles from Chester to Chepstow (and a very similar distance from Chepstow to Chester).  That’s quite a stretch isn’t it? And since you can walk Offa’s Dyke too, you could do a 1000+ mile walk around Wales if you really wanted – you could call it a ‘Walk on the Wales Side’.  I quite fancy it – 2 months stroll around the Principality? Maybe there’s a book in it.

To mark the opening there is going to be a Wales Coast Bird Race where any records from the Coastal Path, including out to sea and up to half a mile inland will count towards the total.  That’s quite fun.

You can guess how many the total will reach and send your guess via Twitter to @WCPBirds .  I’ve guessed 139 species because I think the weather might be a bit rubbish, but otherwise I guess the total would be higher.  Or have I gone too high – what do you think?

, via Wikimedia Commons”]Yesterday a bee-eater was seen at Great Orme, the wind is from the east and at this time of year anything is possible.

I wonder how many species RSPB nature reserves such as Conwy and Newport Wetlands will contribute?

In any case, I will be keeping an eye on progress on the Visit Wales blog and through Twitter.

There probably won’t be 264 species which is what Team Sapsucker managed in Texas last week equalling their own ‘world’ USA record of last year.  The day started with yellow-crowned night heron (it’s on my USA list) and ended just before the next midnight with purple gallinule (not on my list), with fire ants (not on my list) and a puncture (yep, had one of them in the USA) in between.


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