Upland Autumn

Posted on November 6th, 2017 · Posted in News

In the matter of colours, nature employs as varied a palette on the high moors as she does in broad-leaved woodland. In late summer shades of purple and mauve coat.. read more

Mixed feelings about pheasants

Posted on January 20th, 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 16th, 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 4th, 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 26th, 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 17th, 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 6th, 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 19th, 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

Dance of the Damselflies

Posted on July 18th, 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


Posted on July 12th, 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