Wildlife Blog

Manx shearwater chick being weighed

Shearwaters, Seals and Hidden Secrets

Make memories that will last a lifetime this summer with a visit or overnight stay on the beautiful island of Skomer. Recently nominated in the Lonely Planet Top 10 Guide for Best Family Holidays in Europe for 2015, Lonely Planet judges said the island was guaranteed to enthral visitors of all ages and we couldn’t agree more! Skomer Island during the months of August and September are truly magical as our Manx Shearwaters and Atlantic Grey Seals take centre stage. We will also be introducing our exciting family events ‘Skomer Island Hidden Secrets’ throughout August.…
Environmental groups call on the Prime Minister to intervene as ten green policies are scrapped

Environmental groups call on the Prime Minister to intervene as ten green policies are scrapped

Within the first three months of the new government ten different environmental policies have been watered down or scrapped, according to analysis by a group of leading UK environment organisations. These range from support for renewable energy technology and tax exemptions for low carbon vehicles, which have existed for over a decade, to privatisation of the Green Investment Bank and the scrapping of the Green Deal, the establishment of both being achievements celebrated by the last Conservative-led government. Protection for the natural environment has also been weakened with a u-turn on a ban on fracking in protected areas.…
Elephant Hawk Moth by Chris Lawrence

A pink Elephant in the ear

Your experience of Welsh wildlife is significantly impoverished until you’ve had an Elephant Hawk- moth try to fly into your ear or had a Large Yellow Underwing up your sleeve. Setting up the trapThe theory of Mothing goes like this: you put out a bright light and all the local moths come and sit nicely on your egg-boxes in helpful photogenic poses, perfectly showing all their relevant identifying features in pristine condition just short of having little labels in fact.  This does sometimes happen.…
Anania perlucidalis by Vaughn Matthews

Rare Moth Found in Cadoxton Ponds

Rare moth species discovered at Dow Corning’s Cadoxton Ponds Nature Reserve For the past few years we have been managing the Cadoxton Ponds Nature Reserve, in Barry, Wales on behalf of Dow Corning. The nature reserve is important for an array of wildlife due to the number of different habitats present, from grassland and scrub to ponds and reedbeds. As part of the management, we have been carrying out a range of species surveys including birds, butterflies, small mammals, reptiles and amphibians.…
Agapeta hamana Graham Watkeys

Acceptance and 400

It has taken me just over a year to reach it and it hasn’t been without frustrations, realisations and an acceptance of limits BUT on the 25th of June 2015 the 400th species went on my list at Taf Fechan. Agapeta hamana Graham WatkeysThe 400th wasn’t the first thing I saw that was a very small species of Bee buried deep in a Dandelion, not only beyond my cameras technological capabilities but also very small bees buried in Dandelions are inevitably unidentifiable without taking a specimen, killing it, popping it under a microscope and using keys with some very specialised language.…