Monday, January 31, 2011


Field Studies in the Brecon Beacons covers a series of 4 day trips within the Brecon Beacons National Park looking at the biology, geology and history of the local area and taking place between May and July 2011. They are priced at around £5 per trip. Sunday 22nd May sees a trip to Dyffryn Crawnon valley and woodlands, Sunday 12th June a walk around Mynydd Myddfai, Sunday 19th June a look at the hay meadows and rhos pasture of Pen Graig Goch and Sunday 3rd July an exploration of heath, bog and ancient hawthorns of The Gyrn. For booking details contact the Department of Adult Continuing Education, Swansea University, Singleton Park, Swansea, SA2 8PP.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Dan Foreman talk to be rearranged

Unfortunately talk by Dr Dan W Foreman on "The ecology and conservation of the African Wild Dog " due to take place tonight (Jan 25th 2011) had to be cancelled at short notice due to Dan being unwell (we wish him a speedy recovery)

Dan has offered to present his talk in the near future and the indoor meetings secretary is looking into opportunities to slot another indoor meeting into the spring programme

We apologise to members who had hoped to see the talk tonight and hope that they enjoyed the stand in entertainment enough to warrant a trip out on a winters evening

Friday, January 21, 2011

Members Evening Review

For those who were not there this years members evening was a cracker !

We stated with the inauguration of our new president which was described earlier in this blog, and then moved on the entertainments for the evening

In running order we had

Joan Andrews told us of the wonderful work that our neighboring group the Merthyr & District Naturalists trust have been doing in Penmoelallt woodland. You can read more about the rare trees that they look after in thus Wales on-line news article

Bruce McDonald entertained us with his tales of traditional Orchards past and present, and the wealth of wildlife that is harboured in mature trees, but unfortunately absent in the much younger trees of modern high intensity commercial orchards

Paul Bowden explained how he had been able to turn a business trip into a wonderful treat of birdwatching and culture visiting the Roman sites of northern Lybia. Paul being a very keen birder had used the Internet to it's best to make contact with all of the right people to ensure he got to the right places. With a with his 14 new species to his life list he seemed rightly pleased with the trip

Linda Nottage provided a wonderful snapshot of the encounters she had had with the birds, beasts and insects, all of the feathered and furry kind and within the past year. (yes the insects in the pictures were furry as well !

Andy Kendall provided an insight into the fossil hunting delights of the Moroccan cities and deserts with an Audio Visual presentation including the dangerous dinosaur mines and the souks of Marrakesh (more information available HERE

Phil Blanning showed us just how much fun you can have in a year when you become semi-retired as he and Linda seemed to have been just about everywhere and halfway round the world. From his Orchid tour to the forests of India.

And finally, but not least

Graham Duff showed us once again why he and Margaret love visiting Lesvos with another fine selection of pictures and wildlife encounters


Monday, January 17, 2011

Chris Franks AM invested as President of the Cardiff Naturalists Society

At the start of tonights' Members evening, where 7 members of the Society informed and entertained the wider membership it was our pleasure to invest Chris Franks AM as President of the Society

Following his investiture Chris gave a brief presentation where he described his love of nature and in particular Birdwatching which he described as one of his favorite ways of relaxing

Chris Franks AM being presented with the Cardiff Naturalists Society Chain of office by Mike Dean (Secretary)
Chris Franks AM presenting his acceptance address to the Cardiff Naturalists Society

Chris Franks AM presenting his acceptance address to the Cardiff Naturalists Society
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Sunday, January 16, 2011


Our next field trip takes place on Saturday 26th February with a start time of 10am. We shall be walking around 7 to 8 kms from the car park at Merthyr Mawr on the edge of the dunes. The event is led by Steve Howe of the National Museum of Wales and we shall be looking at the geology of the area along with any wildlife that happens to be about.

If you do not know the area this is a great chance to find out more. Merthyr Mawr warren is 323 hectares of dune system, designated an SSSI and at 200 feet high, the second highest in Europe. We last visited the area in the summer in 2009 where we saw a wide range of invertebrates and unusual plants such as Birthwort and the Green-flowered Helleborine. Alongside the car park is Candleston castle, dating from the late 14th century.

Facilities are limited at the car park - the toilets may or may not be open so a visit elsewhere before you arrive might be helpful. Bring a packed lunch, warm clothing and suitable footware. No need to book - just turn up.


It is not always easy trying to find out what wildlife courses are on and where so we shall be using this space to keep you informed of what we come across.

It is a short trip from Cardiff over to Clifton where the Avon Gorge and Downs Wildlife Project runs a series of mostly one day field courses with the odd talk as well. For example on the 12th February 2011 there is a two-hour session on identifying Lichens. Other sessions include Plants of the Avon Gorge, Tree Gazing with Tony Titchen (who regularly leads events for Cardiff Naturalists), Meadow Medicine and Birdsong. there are also family and children's events. Most are charged at around £3 to £4.

For more details contact Mandy Leivers on 0117 9030609, e-mail or website

Bruce McDonald

Friday, January 14, 2011


Cardiff Naturalists Society. 
For Immediate Release: Friday 14 January 2011

An Assembly Member will be presented with a presidential chain of Cardiff Naturalists’ Society on Monday 17th of January.

The group is one of the longest established wildlife organisations in the area having been formed in 1867.
Plaid Cymru AM Chris Franks, who represents Cardiff, the Vale of Glamorgan and Rhondda Cynon Taf said: “I am honoured to be the President of Cardiff Naturalists Society. Nature and biodiversity are close to my heart so this a great thrill to be president this year. In modern times the group has been a place for people with a wide interest in all aspects of wildlife as it has a varied programme of lectures and field visits.”
Chris Franks AM is a member of RSPB Cymru and a member of the Cross Party Group for Biodiversity.

Andy Kendall, Publicity Officer and himself a former President of the Cardiff Naturalists Society said “We are immensely proud that Chris Franks has agreed to be our president. He is well known to members of our society as a keen and enthusiastic naturalist with a keen active interest in local wildlife and environmental causes”.

The Society has a strong history of contributing to the local environment in both practical and scientific ways and welcomes new members of all levels of experience to join them. A full programme of indoor and outdoor meetings is available on their website 

The Cardiff Naturalists Society is a Registered Charity Number 1092496


CONTACT: Andy Kendall via the contact details on the website for information regarding the Cardiff Naturalists Society

Cardiff Naturalists Photographs:  
High-resolution photos of the event will be available on our news site FROM THE EVENING OF THE 17TH JANUARY. Cardiff Naturalists Society provide an royalty free non-exclusive licence to use any of the photos of this event for your publication/online use provided a credit is given as shown on each photograph

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Andy's Wildlife Pictures

I'm asking people to share so why don't I start.

If you've not seen my wildlife pictures I can suggest 2 places which I hope are of interest to you

I have stated a photoblog of my own which cane be found at

And if you prefer less reading and more sit back and look at the pictures why not take a look at

(Shenstone in the Photo world)

Cardiff Naturalists Society Biosciences Prize

The Cardiff Naturalists Society is pleased to be sponsoring a prize for the best 2nd Year fieldwork in the Biosciences Department of Cardiff
 The prize of £250.00 will be awarded to the student with the best report from the Field Course module, taken during the second year. This field trip can take place in the UK or in any part of the world.

The prize will be publicised to the students as both an incentive for excellence and recognition of hard work.

more details available 

About the Prize

Members evening 17th January 2011

The 2011 programme kicks off with our Members evening on the 17th of January 2011

We will be inaugurating our new president Chris Franks AM as well as having a number of presentations from members.

A full programme of talks is planned with a number of members having already made offers of talks to our indoor meetings secretary Hilary Wicks

for more details on the 2011 programme please visit


Welcome to the Cardiff Naturalists Society newsblog.

This site has been set-up to suppliment the more formal information about the society that is provided through the main website

This site will be open for all to read, but at present is restricted to members of the society to upload information

It is intended that this site will provide a more easily updated addition to the formal site and will contain the latest information regarding society events, othe events of interest to members and local wildlife sightings
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