Category: Wildlife Blog

Common dolphins by Eleanor Stone

An unexpected visitor

Since early January the marine team at the Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre (CBMWC) have been monitoring an unusual occurrence in New Quay Bay. The …

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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 Flat-backed millipede (Polydesmus sp.)

Go look under stuff!

Flat-backed Millipede.  Flat-backed Millipede.   It’s just a nice thing to say isn’t it? Flat-backed Millipede. I wasn’t expecting to find said invertebrate but having decided …

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Pussy willow Margam March 09 Lizzie Wilberforce

The arrival of spring

At time of writing, it is dark outside, and the day has so far brought us snow, sleet, hail, rain, and thunder. Undeniably, it still …

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Lichen and moss - Allelopathy


The New Year brings not only a new word that I didn’t know before but also an interesting phenomenon (Ha spelt right first time!). Lichen …

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Morlais Castle as seen from Taf Fechan

A Morning In The Life Of

A morning in the life of a volunteer warden (winter edition): 10 mins mentally debating whether to bring gloves, 15 mins watching Goldfinch feeding on …

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Puffin with sand eels in May weed

Puffins Hit Hard by Last Winter’s Storms

As the first storms of the winter turn the Atlantic into a gargantuan washing machine, research is revealing the harsh consequences of last winter’s storms …

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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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Early flowering Hazel springtime yellow in November

What are your average winter colours?

In a season not famed for the range of its colour palette things tend to stand out especially if they offer something for the eye …

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Jewel anemones by Sally Sharrock

Wales takes the plunge into protecting seas

Today (Friday 12 December) the Welsh Government designated its first Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ).  This announcement means that the seas around Skomer Island off the …

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Kestrel box going into place

The North Ceredigion Kestrel Project

As you are probably aware, the Megan Jones Legacy enabled a project led by Mike Hayward to get under way providing nest boxes for kestrels. …

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Reed warbler

Songbird survival in the face of starvation

Many of the migratory songbirds that visit our shores in the summer to nest and raise their young spend the winter in the heart of …

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