A few days late I know but Happy New Year and welcome to 2010. And what a cold start it has been. We have had snow on the ground here in Pontarddulais for the best part of three weeks now, and with temperatures dropping even further over the next couple of days it will hopefully stay around until at least the weekend when I will be able to get out and try to capture some wildlife in the snow.

11883 - New Year Snow
11884 - New Year Snow

After a couple of months of inactivity my aim for this year is to visit a site or go for a lengthy walk at least once a week, whatever the weather. Further to that I will be updating this blog after every single visit to give as best a picture as possible of what can be seen around my patch and the wider country. I have a few targets, both mammalian and bird, that I want to see and photograph this year. Key bogey bird species that I want to tick off are Hen Harrier, Marsh Harrier, Woodcock and Bittern. I have seen a Bittern once before but that was so long ago that it doesn’t really count anymore. I have put up my 2010 bird list on this blog and will be trying to beat my 2009 record of 147 species. I would also love to see Badgers a lot more after my first and only encounter last year, as well as photographing some Foxes. I know we have foxes around the house, it’s just a matter of trying to spot them during daylight hours. Another target is to complete my walk around the entire coast of Gower. So far I have probably covered about a third of the distance with some lovely sections still left to do. All in all I am looking forward to the year ahead and the adventures that the great outdoors will bring.

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