News from Brecknock

Photographing the Fragrant Orchid

Photographing the Fragrant Orchid

Pearl-bordered Fritillary butterfly

Pearl-bordered Fritillary butterfly

June has been a busy month for Brecknock, with lots of events attended and surveys completed.

The month was kicked off with attendance at the Geopark Family Activity Day. Despite the rain our stand was popular with lots of keen children having a go at our mini pond dipping activity.

This was closely followed by a Guided Bat Walk around Hay-on-Wye at the end of the Hay Literary Festival. It was well attended by locals and festival visitors and many bats were heard on the detectors. There is a great new sculpture trail along the river walk too.

Next up was the Ystradgynlais Big Weekend on 15th June. Our stand proved popular with young and old. Many butterflies and animal masks were made by the children while the adults shared memories and sightings of wildlife in the area.

The visitors on the Orchid and Butterfly Walk at Vicarage Meadows, near Abergwesyn,  saw some great wildlife as they walked round. A Pearl-bordered Fritillary butterfly was spotted despite the damp and drizzly weather. As well as lots of heath spotted orchids we also found Fragrant Orchids in the meadow. Four common lizards were also spotted hunting and basking amongst the molinia tussocks.

Bridgend and Cardiff local groups visited Wern Plemys and Allt Rhongyr respectively and it was great to meet them.

Steph has been busy visiting Local Wildlife sites and monitoring our reserves.  The weather has been so varied that it has affected appearance times and ability to count.  The globe flowers were down on their previous count in 2017 (935) to 489 but with lots of young plants coming on.  We got a good count of Marsh fritillary (37)on Ystradfawr early in the season but haven’t managed to follow that up due to rain.  We also joined the Biodiversity Information Service and county recorders to do a mini bioblitz on a small hill farm near Hay-on-Wye.

Why not explore some of our Brecknock reserves? 

More information here

A very warm welcome awaits all who wish to join us at our events.