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Warning, water buffalo at work!

Warning, water buffalo at work!

Regular visitors will know that, since 2002, the place to see water buffalo is The Welsh Wildlife Centre and Teifi Marshes. These gentle giants graze a boggy, damp marshy area of the Reserve from early spring until autumn. Water buffalo are one of the world’s oldest livestock breeds. They originate from Asia, and were recorded in India and north Africa by around 600AD. They are an extremely durable hardy breed, and as their name suggests, their boxy hoofs and well distributed weight makes them well suited to grazing wet areas; be it steamy sodden Cambodian rice fields, or our own watery west Walian swamps.…
Small Blue butterfly makes a comeback at Parc Slip

Small Blue butterfly makes a comeback at Parc Slip

The small blue butterfly (Cupido minimus) is the UK’s smallest butterfly, with a wingspan of only 16-27mm. It’s a beautiful little butterfly, recognised by the dark blue on the upper surface of its wings and dark spots on the silver-blue underwing. It flies from mid-May to August and lays its eggs on the caterpillar food plant, kidney vetch. As is the story with much of our UK wildlife, unfortunately the small blue has experienced a decline in both population and distribution over the whole of the UK.…
Beaver Our Guest - Hanc gives a warm Welsh welcome to Oak Tree Cottage The Cwtch by L.Maiden-1

Beaver our guest at Oak Tree Cottage!

Visitors to the Welsh Wildlife Centre and Teifi Marshes Nature Reserve had a real treat this weekend when they met the newest member of the Wildlife Trust of South & West Wales team…Hanc the Afanc! (Afanc is Welsh word for Beaver). Beaver Our Guest – Hanc gives a warm Welsh welcome to Oak Tree Cottage The Cwtch by L.Maiden-1 Hanc was the ‘Welcome Ambassador’ at the Welsh Wildlife Centre and Oak Tree Holiday Cottage and was a real hit with children!…
Red Squirrel by Graham Eaton

Co-operating for a Brighter Future for Red Squirrels in Mid Wales

The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales (WTSWW) has employed a new officer to help protect red squirrels in mid Wales thanks to funding from Environment Wales, The Co-operative’s carrier bag levy and a number of private donations and other grant funds. Red Squirrel Steve Davis The new Mid Wales Red Squirrel Officer, Becky Hulme, will work to co-ordinate and expand volunteer efforts and community engagement in the Red Squirrel Conservation Zone. Becky commented: “The red squirrel is an iconic native species which attracts a great deal of attention; we are working to help red squirrels survive in mid Wales and to be part of our future.…
Island in glass

Island in glass

Not Your Bog Standard Loo Window Skokholm Island has a history of unusual toilets and its latest is no exception. Previous toilets have been adorned with art work from generations of wildlife enthusiasts. The newest addition should inspire many a wildlife enthusiast. Instead of your bog standard loo window Skokholm Island has a stained glass masterpiece. Thanks to Linda Norris the island’s reinstatement as a bird observatory has been celebrated in glass. Linda has taken her inspiration from many aspects of the island, from pictures of the Alice Williams (a ship wreck on the island), notes made by Ronald Lockley (renowned naturalist) as well as elements of the island rarely appreciated before.…
Monty when he was alive by Steve Hartley

Greedy Dolphin ‘Died Of Gluttony’

A Cardigan Bay bottlenose dolphin found dead on a beach on the Lleyn Peninsular ‘died of asphyxiation’. And the animal, known as Monty, was one of those photographed and identified by researchers at the Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre (CBMWC) at New Quay. CBMWC’s science officer Sarah Perry was able to match marks on the animal’s dorsal fin to images in their Photo ID catalogue. “We know that Monty spent time in the southern part of Cardigan Bay in the summer and autumn of 2011”, said Sarah.…