It is early days for the Brecon Local Group but things are moving forward. Local groups are another means by which members and the wider community can engage with the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales by organising walks, talks and events. The activities are planned and organised by volunteers.
So far there has been a gloriously sunny, although very chilly, Dawn Chorus Day Walk at Cae Eglwys. Highlights were Blackcap, Redstart, Garden and Willow warbler on and by the reserve as well as Crossbills in the Sarnau plantation.
It was equally sunny as the group assisted conservation volunteers to monitor Marsh Fritillary on Ystradfawr Nature Reserve. 37 of these brightly coloured butterflies were seen along with Common Blue butterflies, Burnett Companion and Mother Shipton moths. We also went to for a walk around Vicarage Meadows in June to look for orchids, such as the Small White orchid and butterflies, including the Small Pearl Bordered Fritillary.
There are two activities in July. On 9th July there is an opportunity to visit Darren Fawr Nature Reserve. It will be possible to see the moths that the Brecon Moth group have caught the evening before then walk around the reserve. On 13th July, the group will be visiting the Visitor Centre at Parc Slip to explore the reserve in the morning before lunch, at the café if you wish, followed by a guided walk in the Alun Valley a short drive away. This is the only site in Wales where High Brown Fritillaries can be seen in Wales.
Brecon Local Group are excited to announce that from September there will be a programme of talks on the forth Tuesday of each month at The Muse, Brecon. Visiting speakers will be giving talks about a variety of subjects. Pencil these dates in your diary. The programme is still developing so all dates will be put on the website when they are confirmed.