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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Amphibians and Reptiles

Feb 10th 2015. Cloudy, cold and misty. As followers of Iolo Williams’ Great Welsh Parks programmes will have seen, one useful method of discovering what Reptiles and Amphibians there are around is to lay down corrugated tin sheets, or similar pieces of equipment. So as some of the outer sheds of the old Waun Las […]

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Visitors Car Park

Feb 3rd 2015. Another beautifully sunny day, but very cold. Today we were exploring the area in and around the main visitors car park, so some of us walked down and the rest drove there, partly because we didn’t want to get too distracted on the way down! The car park itself is an interesting […]

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Snowdrops

Jan 27th 2015.  When the Garden was first established a number of different varieties of Snowdrops were planted in Spring Woods.  Over the years the labels have been lost or misplaced and Bruce had suggested that it might be a good idea to try to identify the different varieties.  Easier said than done as we […]

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Hair Ice

Jan 13th 2015. At this time of year there is relatively little happening, but with the report of a record number of plants flowering at the start of the year, we thought we might see what we could find. For once it was wet, or rather it was snowy wet, large flakes of snow which […]

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Conserving the Future

16th Dec 2014 As the last walk of the year Bruce suggested that we take a look at the ‘Conserving Our Future zone’, formerly known as the Energy Zone. This is an area where the Garden is developing new display of Welsh plants from four of Wales’ NNRs – Cwm Idwal, Great Orme, Waun Las […]

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