Toadpoles

May 20th 2014.  Weather – Mild, cloudy, damp Unfortunately the Moth trap set up in Trawscoed Meadow  failed to operate so no Moths to record from there. But later on we did see some day-flying Moths, including one which Marigold, our Moth expert had never seen before.   And quite a lot of Blue Butterflies down […]

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Growing the Future Wildlife

May 13th 2014. Most gardeners and allotmenteers are all too familiar with the certain aspects of wildlife. The Slugs and Snails, the Cabbage White Caterpillars, Bean Weevils, Cut Worms, Cabbage Root Fly, Aphids and a host of other unwelcome insects. Not to mention the various fungi, bacteria and other nasties like Potato Blight, Ring Spot […]

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Vote for the Garden

The National Botanic Garden has made it on to a shortlist of landmark attractions in the running to be crowned ‘National Treasure’.   The National Lottery has launched the campaign, which gives the people of Wales the chance to choose their favourite face and perfect place. The famous faces vying for the iconic status of […]

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The beauty of Moths

Tuesday 6th May 2014. Although it had rained overnight we were delighted to find that the Moth trap which John had set up in Trawscoed Meadow had at last yielded results. So for the next hour or so we crowded around a couple of tables in the courtyard and watched as Marigold carefully lifted out […]

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Plant Pharmacy Patchwork 2014

Plant Pharmacy Patchwork 2014

Inside the Apothecary’s Hall you can find a new exhibition of medicinal plants that has been made by the Stitching B(otanicals) group. It presents a fascinating selection of British plants that have been recorded as being used to treat illness, both historically, and for some, in the present day. Plant Pharmacy Patchwork is the first […]

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Smuts and Rusts

On the previous Saturday the Wildlife Trust had done their annual Early Purple Orchid count – in torrential rain – and Bruce was keen to know if we had any in Cae Blaen, or Trawscoed South as it used to be called. So four of us headed there and the rest drove over to Pont […]

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Millennium House Sparrows

This Tuesday was one of those very rare wet days(!) so we took the opportunity to investigate the Great Glasshouse.  Of particular interest were the Sparrows as they have been the subject of a study to see how they are ‘evolving’ within this habitat.  This Millennium study also involved the two glasshouses established at the […]

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