Swansea Local Group News March 2016

Swansea Local Group on a Fresh Air Walk on the South Gower Coast Nature Reserves. Robert Davies.

Swansea Local Group on a Fresh Air Walk on the South Gower Coast Nature Reserves. Robert Davies.

Swansea Local Group Bird Walk at Cwm Ivy. Robert Davies.

Swansea Local Group Bird Walk at Cwm Ivy. Robert Davies.

The first Swansea Local Group evening meeting of 2016 was a talk on the High Brown Fritillary Butterfly, from Richard Smith (Butterfly Conservation South Wales Branch). Richard gave an account of the work that has been undertaken in the Alun Valley, nr. Bridgend, to conserve this population, which is the only one in Wales. We will be following up this talk with a trip to the Alun Valley on Saturday 2nd July. Click here for more details.

On Saturday 30th January, 8 local group members enjoyed a sunny morning Bird Walk around Cwm Ivy Woods and Marsh. We spotted a multitude of bird species, including Red Shank, Curlew, Bullfinch, Songthrush, Kestrel and Long Tailed Tits.

The next evening meeting was a slight change from the norm, with a special guided tour from Dr Dan Forman of Swansea University around the Zoology Museum in the Wallace Building. This was a really enjoyable evening, as the museum holds some fantastic specimens, and the group had the chance to hold a tiger skull and touch a blue whale rib!

The next event was a Fresh Air Walk along South Gower Coast, a chance to get out and walk this beautiful stretch of nature reserves. 12 local group members came along and spotted Oystercatchers, Stonechats, Bloody-nosed Beetles and even a Seal!

The next meeting was a talk from Emiritus Professor John Ryland on the wildflowers of Western Australia, especially the orchids. He showed some beautiful photos of the amazing array of wildflowers found on his visit there.

We look forward to seeing more and more new faces at these local group meetings. Evening meetings are on the second Tuesday of the month from September to April (7pm Wallace Building, Swansea University Singleton Campus), with various field trips throughout the year. Anyone is welcome to join us, members and non-members, the more the merrier. Click here for details of our upcoming walks and talks.

Swansea Local Group Committee
Email contact- Chairman Robert Davies.