Wildlife Blog

http://14f522daa698e78c0c81-f9ac00b47adae6ca5741b9c6cc0d6f03.r19.cf3.rackcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Eristalis-pertinax-–-one-hoverfly-that-did-co-operate

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.…
The Fly Agaric – the most recognisable Toadstool of them all.

The Taf Fechan fabulous fungi furtle

Now is a great time for fungi and visit from the Glamorgan Fungus Group to Taf Fechan Nature Reserve showed us just how many different fungi there are out there. Identifying Fungus – photo by Graham Watkeys The discoveries started early with a patch of Sulphur Tuft growing on the wooden steps down into the reserve, this opened the floodgates as species after species kept turning up, a truly bizarre but beautiful slime mould was followed by green elfcup and a large patch of sheathed woodtuft.…
Nemophora cupriacella a new record for Breconshire by Graham Watkeys

The Rare Beasts of Taf Fechan

Animals (and plants for that matter) don’t know (or particularly care) where they are “supposed” to be. They don’t read species lists or look at old maps they just live where they are able to live and everything has to live somewhere (this highlights somewhat the importance of habitat diversity and conservation but that’s another argument). This stubborn biological refusal to be entirely and completely predictable makes getting out in the countryside and looking at wildlife such a rewarding experience because you never really know what you are going to find.…
The Good, The Bad and The Slimy

The Good, The Bad and The Slimy

Something sinister is lurking in the undergrowth at our Coed Y Bwl reserve in the Vale of Glamorgan. Oozing along the woodland floor are a range of Myxomycetes commonly refered to as Slime Moulds. Not plant, not animal, not fungi. They are capable of locomotion and finding thier way through a maze! Dog Vomit Slime Mould by Mike Bright They feed by engulfing bacteria and organic matter, a mini version of ‘The Blob’. Usually they go unnoticed until they produce a fruiting body which can be very colouful.…