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We have a very busy Wildlife Trust with a great deal happening across our four counties. If you are interested in any press stories please contact Lyndsey Maiden (l.maiden@Welshwildlife.org) 07799 050805 or 01656 724100

Beware of Broomsticks, Black Cats and things that go Bump in the Night

Beware of Broomsticks, Black Cats and things that go Bump in the Night

Join us at this October half term at the Welsh Wildlife Centre for some monstrous Halloween activities: •             Monster Monday 27th October: Broom stick & willow lantern making at 12 to 2pm •             Terrible Tuesday 28th October: Willow Bird Feeder Making with Michelle Cain – 11am to 1pm & 2pm to 4pm – £5 per person •             Weird Wednesday 29th October: Clay Animals Halloween Special- 11am to 1pm. The afternoon session will have very special guests arrive including a hedgehog and an owl for the children to model their clay animals on!…
Opening up ponds at Cors Goch

Water Voles, Marsh Fritillaries and Harvest Mice

This past month has been particularly pleasant with continually good weather and exciting wildlife in Carmarthenshire. Starting in early August we had our water vole release at Ffrwd Farm Mire Nature reserve. At Ffrwd there are historical records for water vole at the site, but sadly none for many years. The habitat is ideal for them with several slow flowing ditches, with banksides dense with lush riparian vegetation. A potential set bank of other water vole releases in the past has been mink predation shortly afterwards, however surveys over previous months have shown no mink activity at Ffrwd.…
Barn Owl

Help afoot at Teifi Marshes for threatened Barns Owls

With its distinctive “moon” face glowing white, a pale underside and light brown wings the Barn Owl is an unforgettable sight for anyone lucky enough to spot one. While widely distributed through the UK countryside, sadly it suffered serious declines in its numbers through the 20th and early 21st centuries. Barn Owl boxes at Teifi Marshes Causes of this decline are thought to include habitat destruction, the poisoning of its prey (mainly small mammals such as voles) through our increased use of rodenticides, and the conversion of many of its potential nesting sites, barns and other agricultural buildings, into houses.…
Coed Penglanowen Glade by Em Foot

Blooming Brambles

With the amazing growth of the brambles this year we had to spend another day at Cwm Clettwr clearing back the vegetation from the paths. Hopefully they’ll stay clear for a while now. After the fire at Cors Ian last year there is a lot of burnt, dead gorse on the hillside. We have been gradually clearing patches of this and this month we did another one. This allows the gorse to regrow and the grazing animals to get in amongst it and eat the grass below.…
The Unknown Mr G - is not our Graham

Mystery “G”

As a volunteer warden who wanders around his reserve on a regular basis generally rootling, nosing and furtling about you would think you would know it pretty well, however some things just pop up that are entirely unexpected and engender the response “Why on earth didn’t I see that before?” and this time it’s nothing to do with wildlife. The Unknown Mr G – is not our Graham There are limestone boulders of various sizes dotted all over the reserve some natural some created by industry this particular one was found all by itself up on the valley side and at first it looked just like any other boulder but upon closer examination it was obvious it had been worked by man with a carved rounded top, the mystery deepened when the grass was moved to reveal a neatly carved letter G!…
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A morning in the life of a volunteer warden

20mins watching a large four spotted orb weaver make a web, half an hour stalking hoverflies, 10 mins being harassed by a southern hawker repeatedly trying to land on my head (this actually happened), 5 mins chasing a moth, 10 mins cursing at said moth, 15mins further aimless bimbling, 8 mins chasing another moth, 5 mins photographing said moth, 1 min trying to remember how many crane flies had got in the shot (a lot), 4 mins pleading with hoverfly to turn around, 30 secs cursing said hoverfly for not once turning around, 20 mins more aimless bimbling, 10mins stalking interesting new ichneumon, 16 mins directed bimbling, 20 secs deciding whether to bother chasing another moth which promptly then disappeared anyway (beware the Moth in the sun!), 5 secs cursing said Moth, 20 mins aimless bimbling, 13 sec removing large garden spider discovered hanging from shirt, went home.…
Autumn gentian

West Williamston – brown hairstreaks on the wing

The brown hairstreak butterfly is now actively laying its eggs on the blackthorn at West Williamston nature reserve and avid spotters have been busy recording sightings. The good weather certainly helps both the spotter and the butterfly with records coming in thick and fast. This year has also been a good one for other butterfly species on the reserve including the silver-washed fritillary and purple hairstreak. Autumn gentian At the beginning of August, before egg laying starts in earnest, a joint work event was organised with volunteers from Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion coming to the reserve to help manage the blackthorn.…