Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Recent Sightings

Been out and about recently photographing Snakes Head Fritillary in Wiltshire, Early Purple Orchids at Kenfig (plus a Small Blue Butterfly), and today Green Winged Orchids at Llantrisant, (see left). The latter were flowering amongst a mass of Cowslips.

Locally we have recorded many Orange Tips,Small Tortoishells, Green Veined Whites, Speckled Woods and Brimstones.

Monday, April 25, 2011

A Whole Summer of Wildlife Fun Coming up

Now is a good time to be checking the website for the updates to the programme that have been made and making sure that all of our events are in your diary

Once again Bruce Mcdonald is doing a massively good job in arranging a whole summer of wildlife orientated entertainment with a host of events that are suitable for all ages and levels of experience

To make things easier the recent updates are given here, but to make sure it's all in your diary we really do suggest taking a look at the programme, or event better print out a copy of the programme and share it with your friends or print out a copy of the membership form and send us a an application so you make sure you are kept up to date with our programme
Sat 16 July 10:00 FParc Bryn Bach 340 acres of mixed grass, woodland and lake near Tredegar in the company of a local ranger Rangers
Thur 28 July 18:30 FHailey Park An evening walk with some sweep nets to see what insects we can find along with flowers and trees Members
Wed/Thu 10 or 11 August 18:30 FCardiff Bay Building Stones An evening stroll around Cardiff Bay looking at building stones and their geology. Date still to be finalised - please check the blog for details Lynda Garfield and Dave Wellings

if you are interested in any of the events, but not already a member we are happy to have you join us for a trial.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us via the details given on the website

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Pond Life - an almost alien beauty

It's nice this time of year to get up close and personal with the damp patch in the back garden we call the pond. This little beauty of a flower, oft overlooked, is a Bogbean.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

RHS Show

I thought this year’s RHS Show in Cardiff (8-10 April) was the best yet, after my visit on Friday. It had expanded to include two floral marquees, the show gardens and farmers’ market area, bandstand and “cafĂ© quarter”. Among the show gardens was Cardiff Council Ranger Service’s lovingly recreated road side verge (below) complete with tyre tracks and some litter to highlight the biodiversity of such habitats. The National Museum Wales stall featured a pot of 7 dandelion species – all found in the same Cardiff garden. There are well over 200 species of dandelion in the UK and, if the diagram showing the characteristics to look for is anything to go by they are not easily distinguished. The National Botanic Garden of Wales had information on Barcode Wales, a biodiversity project to identify unique DNA sequences for the entire native flora of Wales, which was the subject of a recent Cardiff Naturalists Society talk.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Butterfly Sighting

Last Saturday, (2.4.11), whilst excavating a new vejetable plot, I was delighted to see a Male Brimstone gently floating across the garden. This was the first Brimstone we've recorded in Morganstown since we moved into the area in 2008, so a first for us.

Compensation for the backache from digging out all the rubble 'kindly' left by the house builder.Now I've just got to get rid of it!

Phill Blanning
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