Category: Wildlife Blog

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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Reed Warbler

Birding Challenge of Parc Slip Nature Reserve

This year I decided to do a Patchwork year list, joining a few of my birding friends in signing up for the challenge.  Whilst my …

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Glow worm by Mike Bright

A Glowing Example

A young naturalist is out on the hunt for some interesting bugs this summer. Rudi Bright, the youngest and very active member of the Wildlife …

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And sometimes you get lucky! I’ve been informed this is Celypha lacunana

Some trouble with micro-moths…

Do you suffer from stroppy camera syndrome?   This syndrome has many symptoms but probably the most terrifying is the undecided battery charge indicator.  It changes …

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Himalayan Balsam flower, invasive non-native species

Himalayan Balsam and the problems it brought with it

Himalayan Balsam (Impatiens glandulifera) is known to many people as an attractive plant with a familiar sweet scent, and a reputation for being a good …

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