Wild Flowers and a Moth

May 19th 2015: Although the Moth trap was set up as usual in Trawscoed Meadow the overnight weather was not very Moth-friendly. Apart from a few Spiders, an unknown Caterpillar and a Micro-Moth later identified by Sam Bosanquet as Ancylis badiana, the solitary Moth we collected was a rather worn Purple Pebble Prominent. Without any […]

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Wild flowers

May 12th 2015: A dry but rather windy day and, as we disembarked from our cars there was a discussion as to what we should do.  And following on from our previous attempts at identifying Wildflowers, it was decided that we really needed more help.  So we naturally turned to Michael and what followed was  […]

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Refugia

May 5th 2015. Apart from a few spots of rain Tuesday morning defied the forecast and remained dry, though increasingly windy. But the overnight rain had meant no Moths – Marigold didn’t want to be faced with all those drowned ‘Mother of Pearl’ moths like she had had in the bottom of the black box […]

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Pollinators

April 21st 2015. The recent sunny weather has enabled us to ‘collect’ the first Moths of the year – not many but always interesting. One Moth was particularly agitated and it took a couple of hours in the fridge before it calmed down enough for Marigold to identify it – a Lunar Marbled Brown. Moth […]

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Moths

Apr 7th 2015: A gloriously sunny, warm day, in complete contrast to last week. And the Moth trap which John had set out worked so Marigold was able to show us all the first Moths of the year, including the splendid embroidered one she was wearing! The total count, apart from those which escaped were: […]

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Late Spring

Mar 24th and 31st. The mean temperature for the year so far has been less than 5C, with both February and March being cooler than January. So the grass isn’t growing, the Snowdrops are bidding us a reluctant farewell and the Daffodils are still a bit undecided as to whether they should open or not. […]

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Badgers

Mar 17th 2015: A nice dry, mild day for our walk over to Pont Felin Gat to meet up with the Badger surveyor. But before we even got into the Garden Badgers were very much on our mind. The newly awakened set near the back entrance had obviously been active on the Sunday night, but […]

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Signs of Spring

Mar 10th 2015. A brilliantly sunny morning, but with the rain and frost overnight not quite good enough to tempt the Moths out. The only one Marigold found was a very frayed Mottled Gray perched on the outside of the Moth trap. So, with everyone keen to get outside in the sun we set out […]

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I-Spy – a ghost?

Mar 3rd 2015. Forecast windy, cold with the odd showers. Actual, hardly any wind, dry and sunny a lot of the time. For this week Bruce wanted us to try out his ‘I-Spy Wildlife on Waun Las NNR’. This is a fun new way to encourage its visitors to enjoy and appreciate the wildlife on […]

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Two Years on

Feb 24th 2015. It is now two years since John, Jan, Keith and myself started on the first weekly wildlife walk. Now we have about 15 fairly regular volunteers, many of whom are starting to ‘walk’ the Garden and Waun Las on other days of the week. Back then it was difficult to imagine where […]

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