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Mixed feelings about pheasants

Posted on January 20, 2017 · Posted in News

For a number of reasons I have mixed feelings about pheasants. A male pheasant in his multicoloured, iridescent plumage is a fine sight. But at close quarters he has a.. read more

Venturing into the Cambrian Desert

Posted on December 16, 2016 · Posted in News

It was almost the end of November and the morning was sunny, crisp and clear. The hills were calling and a chilly east wind was not enough to put us.. read more

The true harbinger of spring

Posted on April 4, 2016 · Posted in News

For many people, returning swallows herald the start of spring, but for me it’s the first appearance of another migrant that warrants a mark on the calendar. Wheatears are the.. read more

Birdsong Bonanza

Posted on March 26, 2016 · Posted in News

The blackbird is always a relative latecomer to the winter songfest; this year we didn’t hear our resident male until 23rd February, and a cold easterly breeze soon silenced him.. read more

Farewell to fieldfares

Posted on March 17, 2016 · Posted in News

This week, for the first time since November, I walked on the hills behind Bron y Llys without seeing a flock of fieldfares. These attractive thrushes winter in the UK,.. read more

Snowflakes & Banana Cake

Posted on March 6, 2016 · Posted in News

There is something about a snowy day which always sets me off baking. The flakes are coming down thick and fast, swirling in the stiff northerly breeze as I warm.. read more

Season of mists

Posted on September 19, 2015 · Posted in News

Summer is beginning to merge into autumn here in the Cambrian Mountains of Mid-Wales. For some weeks now the mountain ash has had deep red berries and other trees are.. read more

Young ospreys on the wing in Mid Wales

Posted on August 2, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized

On 24th July, driving back to Bron y Llys from Llanidloes, I made a detour into the Hafren Forest to check on the Llyn Clywedog ospreys. I’d been away for.. read more

Dance of the Damselflies

Posted on July 18, 2015 · Posted in News

I had little interest in damselflies until we moved to this remote and beautiful part of Mid-Wales. In July two years ago I noticed swarms of blue damselflies appearing in.. read more

Ospreys-Mid-Wales

Posted on July 12, 2015 · Posted in News

In my last blog on the Mid-Wales ospreys at Llyn Clywedog I mentioned that the chicks were expected to hatch around the end of May. I visited the hide again.. read more