According to a very reliable source the BBC I learn Swallows are nesting this winter as usual at a petrol refinery in Pembrokshire.I find this hard to believe!
I think thay mean resting.The BBC have a lot to answer ffor regarding ornithological details!
the offending details.
I know hirundines winter regularly in France including in Brittany in north western France and at present there are good numbers of Rock Martins wintering in southern France wherre there are huge temperature fluctuations between areas such as Pau Uzeres where in 1985 on 4th Decmeber the temperature reached a record 27 degrees celcius a December record for the area! However on December 18th a number of years after at Clermond Ferrand
the temperature fell to minus 26 minus Celcius so there is a potential for temperature fluctuations in southern France of a range of over 50 degrees Celcius! At present in south-eastern France the temperature is averageing 15 degrees celcius! So it is quite mild attracting many birds like over wintering Little Stints, Spotted Eagles, 500 Red-crested Pochards together, good numbers of Spoonbills which are becoming much more numersous across France now breeding in over a dozen locations in big numbers including near Calais at the Marquenterre reserve not far from Dover with Night Heron and I think now Great Egret plus Cattle Egrets which are all set to follow soon in the footsteps of Little Egrets as a futher UK colonist.Soon Spoonbills will become a regular sight in the UK according to colleagues of French authority
at the Lac de Grand Lieu colony near Nantes a capital city of Brittany in north-western France where a new ewtalsd reserve will open a new four million Euro reservee centre in two years time to initiate the public about the residentt nine species of Egrets and Herons where breed at this reserve alongside White Pelican, African Spoonbills and Eurasian Spoonbills which are often accompanied with Glossy Ibis resident here which are expanding north also mixing with the feral thousands of Sacred Ibis which have become a pest species feeding on the millions of Louisiana or Florida Crayfish which are everywhere proving food for all manner of birds and animals here.Whiskered Terns bred here in thousands with Black Terns and the odd pair of White-winged Black Terns as in the Biere reserve of Pierre Constant at Roze near Ile de Fedrun the other side of the Loire estuary where there is a Regional Nature reserve the oldest of over thirty in France created when I was much younger! Here there are three thousand thatched cottages which can sometimes be hired for your specific holiday requirements or you can stay at Bois Joubert gite which has an internet site situated here costing a mere twelve Euros a night for a single room.It is luxirious and has in summer singing Nightingales plus Hoopoes, Golden Orioles, Great Egrets, Purple Herons and much more with the Vilaine estuary nearby a superb birding area and the Foret du Gavre filled with Woodpeckers including Wryneck breeding here alongside Goshawk, Honey Buzzard, Bonellis Warblers,Nightjars and many passerines which can been observed during organised walks run by the LPO at Le Gavre town nearby in the nature centre there.
In soutnern France now Sardinian Warblers are feeding on the good numbers of winter insects.In southern Spain near Tarifa good numbers of hirundines are present even breeding sometimes in winter for real ratherr then according to the dodgy source of the BBC!
Bertram.E.B.BREE in sunny Jersey.