The Great Glasshouse

Well it had to happen – a wet Tuesday morning in Wales!  And as it had been correctly forecast we were prepared.  As Bruce said, noone has really looked at insect life in the Great Glasshouse or the Tropical House. So this seemed an excellent time to do just that, otherwise winter would be on […]

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Tree survey

The health of trees is a subject that has recently been in the news with the decision in to fell larch trees around the lake at Bwlch Nant-yr-Arian, near Aberystwyth, because they have been infected with a fatal tree disease, Ramorum.  Nearer home we were pleased to hear that the earlier reports of Ash dieback […]

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Grebe chicks, Fungi and Freshwater Surveys

The signs are that this will be a good year for fungi and during the past 3 weeks we have gradually been assembling a fine selection of photos, many of which we are uncertain as to their names.  Last week, above the waterfall in Pont Felin Gat on the section leading up to the bridge were […]

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Tree Bumblebees

The original intention last week had been to collect wild flower seeds from the Trawscoed meadow.  However, after much discussion, consultation with the manual and advice from our curator, Simon Goodenough, this idea was abandoned.  But not before we had kitted Bruce out as can be seen from the photo below.  The problems with the […]

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Butterflies and Lakes

Last week we set out with the intention of monitoring Butterflies, as part of the Big Butterfly Count.  However, although the weather was still quite warm and humid, it was dull and not only were there almost no Butterflies around – we saw one White in the Double-Walled Garden – but there very few other […]

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Voles, Mice and Shrews

Over the previous weekend Michael, with the aid of Iwan, Cameron and Simon,  had been setting up Longworth small mammal traps in various places around the Garden.  They were baited to start with but left open as the idea was to get the animals used to them.  These lightweight aluminium traps are  designed to capture […]

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Wildflower day

This Tuesday, ahead of the Wild flower day on Sunday, we had decided on a bioblitz on the Trawscoed Meadow where the event was to take place.  This week, as well as the usual group of Howard, Michael, Jan, Keith, Marigold and Hannah, we were ably assisted by Cameron, a work experience lad.  He was […]

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What a Place to Work

I can’t believe that the last blog I wrote was on 3 April. What happened to May?!  I suppose there was Easter, then two other bank holidays and we were away on holiday for a couple of weeks so I guess May just slipped away from me.  For the past couple of weeks, we have […]

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Moths, Cowslips, Buttercups and Orchids

Well it had to happen.  Eleven successive dry Tuesday mornings and then rain on the twelfth.  Fortunately early on it wasn’t too bad so Sue Davis and Marigold Oakley did their own wildlife walk.  Marigold is a moth recorder and had set her moth trap the previous evening in the walled garden.  But with the weather […]

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