Category: Wildlife Blog

Shrill carder bee by Bumblebee Conservation Trust

Rare Bumblebees found at Dow Corning’s Cadoxton Ponds Nature Reserve

For the past few years the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales (WTSWW) has been managing Dow Corning’s Cadoxton Ponds Nature Reserve for in

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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

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Puffling on Skomer Island by David Boyle

The Not So Early Bird

Birds on Skomer Island are having a tough year. After the winter storms, which killed many thousands of puffins, guillemots and razorbills, the birds are

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Elephant Hawk Moth - Mike Snow

National Moth Night in Pengelli Forest

Last month saw the UK’s National Moth Night take place between the 3rd and 5th of July. An event was organised in Pengelli Forest nature

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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

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Taphrina betulina sample by Mike Bright

Alder Tongue

Rudi and I recently went for a wander around Parc Slip hoping to find signs of a little known fungi, Taphrina which is a genus

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Cattle and conservation grazing

Conservation farming

A few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to visit Birches Farm, England’s newest Site of Special Scientific Interest (or SSSI) and a fantastic nascent

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Dolphin attacking porpoise by Natasha Massey

Baffled Over Dolphin Attacks

Scientists in west Wales are puzzled by what appears to be a spate of violent attacks by Cardigan Bay’s famous bottlenose dolphins on smaller porpoises.

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Lunar Hornet by V Matthews

A good week for rare moths at Parc Slip

The second week in July has been a particularly good one for finding rare moths at Parc Slip. As usual we have run the weekly

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A Dark Green Fritillary – never, as far as I’m aware, recorded at Taf Fechan before - Graham Watkeys

The secret of the happy surveyor or have emergency umbrella will bimble.

The Happy Surveyor must Dilly-dally and shilly shally, Wind and rove Amble, saunter and dawdle Digress, meander and shuffle Mosey, tootle, mooch and bimble Gallivant,

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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

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Small Blue

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

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