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Visit Wales launches Wales Coast Path Bird Race 2012

Last modified: 03 May 2012

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To mark the official opening of the Wales Coast Path on 5 May 2012, Visit Wales is organising the first ever ‘crowdsourced’ count of bird species along the Welsh coast.

Partnering with key national and local wildlife groups as well as individuals, Visit Wales is aiming to set a new record for the number of species of birds seen in one day around Wales.

Visit Wales is asking local enthusiasts, ramblers, reserve wardens and visiting birdwatchers to share what they are seeing, wherever they are.

Iolo Williams, TV naturalist and president of the Welsh Ornithological Society, who is supporting the initiative, commented: "The Welsh coast is a really special place for birds. From the muddy estuaries that support thousands of water birds every winter, to rocky cliffs and islands that are home to thousands of seabirds each summer, I hope that seeing and hearing Wales' special birds will remind people how important our coasts and seas are for wildlife".

Join in
While walking anywhere along the Wales Coastal Path, people can tell Visit Wales what they have seen via Twitter or Facebook.
Visit Wales will then highlight the top sightings of the day and track the total number of species seen between dawn and dusk – in the process setting a new record for Wales.
To get involved, take to the Wales Coast Path and simply share the species of bird spotted, plus the rough location:
• Via Twitter, by including the hashtag: #WCPbirds in a tweet
• By leaving a comment on the Visit Wales Facebook page

Follow the action
• By following @WCPbirds on Twitter
• By checking the live blog on the day at

How you can help

The seas around the UK's coasts are increasingly overfished, over-trafficked and over-developed, but crucially under-protected. Your support today will help safeguard our sea life.