Category: Taf Fechan Blog

Early flowering Toothwort Taf Fechan by Graham Watkeys

Some spring observations

Early flowering Toothwort Taf Fechan by Graham Watkeys It’s an odd year (you can say that again – the editor). The winter has been warm

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Grey cushioned Grimmia (Grimmia pulvinata) by Graham Watkeys

More Moss

Grey cushioned Grimmia (Grimmia pulvinata) by Graham Watkeys This is Grimmia pulvinata; now with the tendency for the existence of hidden and, to my mind

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Bonfire Moss - Funaria hygrometrica Graham Watkeys

Primary colonisers

Bonfire Moss – Funaria hygrometrica Graham Watkeys Another in the series of updates on interesting species recorded at Taf Fechan sees the inclusion of Bonfire

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A Fern Smut larva showing its characteristic brown head and green gut Graham Watkeys

Smutty Ferns

A Fern Smut larva showing its characteristic brown head and green gut Graham Watkeys This is about smut, but not the fungal kind of smut

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Hair-ice at Taf Fechan caused by Exidiopsis efussa by Graham Watkeys

Hair Ice

Hair Ice by Graham Watkeys Number 545 Another entry in the occasional series of updates on the species recorded at Taf Fechan and this is

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Slime-mould eating a fungus by Graham Watkeys

The Slime Mould

Slime-mould eating a fungus by Graham Watkeys The Hazels at Taf Fechan destined for coppicing are usually marked with yellow line marking paint, so seeing

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Calliphora vomitoria at Taf Fechan

Number 500 at Taf Fechan

Calliphora vomitoria at Taf Fechan The day was beginning to look rather Spartan but having reached 499 the previous day with a Cream-spotted Ladybird I

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Brimstone by Jim Higham

The Butterfly

I encountered a Butterfly yesterday. In fact I encountered The Butterfly. Well I say encountered but what I mean is involuntarily ducked out of the

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The Log

So it’s back to work we go

This (rather inevitably) takes the form of a fallen tree over the path, a fair amount of litter to remove and a missing log. The

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Hazel coppicing

Sexy habitat piles

A day of coppicing at Taf Fechan involved the creation of the new sport of competitive habitat piling although the rules have yet to be

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The normalcy of emptiness

The capacity of the human race to generate a sense of sublime normalcy is unlimited and rather frightening. As another 30+ British insects are added

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A common lizard basking in the sun

Taf Fechan Reptile survey 2014

This is not a scientific analysis but here are some observations about this year’s Taf Fechan reptile surveys. There were 23 surveys completed this year

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