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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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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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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Waterfowl

For the third Tuesday morning in a row we had glorious sunshine.  Quite amazing considering the rather extreme February weather that we have had, the Garden itself being closed on 2 days due to high winds. As the last bird count was a month ago the intention was to do the same again so that […]

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New Fungus

The previous weekend one of the tour guide leaders for our Wales Fungus Day, David Mitchel, returned here to record more fungi here at the Garden. One of these which he found in the Great Glasshouse,  Melanophyllum haematospermum, was apparently new to him and as he was Northern Ireland’s main fungus recorder, then it had […]

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Snowdrops

Slideshows require the Flash Player and a browser with Javascript support. Despite the weather not being up to our usual standard the light rain eased enough for us to venture out to Spring Woods where the Garden collection of Snowdrops are located.  Originally these were all labelled, but over the years these have mostly disappeared and of those […]

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First of the Year

First of the Year

Well not quite as there was a walk last week but little to report apart from one solitary Bumblebee and the putting together of the new Moth trap.  But this week on a cloudy, cold but quite pleasant day we set out on the first bird count of the year, following the same route as […]

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Hibernating Hedgehog

When we first started out way back in February we had no idea how these weekly surveys would turn out, or indeed how long they would go on for.  The big worry was what would we do if it kept on raining.  Well we didn’t need to worry.  Forty Three Tuesday morning walks in wet […]

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