All Change

All Change

Thirteen years, one thousand and fifty entries, twelve thousand photos and close to one million words. Big numbers for a blog which started off on a quiet afternoon with a simple desire to record that weekend’s bird sightings (Dartford Warbler on Gower in case you’re interested). Back then I was Read more…

Gower Chough at Southgate

A Chattering of Chough

One species which appears to have had a very successful breeding season, at least locally, is the Chough. With their curved red bills and matching legs these charismatic birds are most definitely top of the corvid pecking order. You can keep your Jays and your Magpies (yes even with their iridescence) Read more…

House Martin

House Martin Down

You can’t visit Welshpool without a stroll along its stretch of the Montgomery canal, eminently pleasant at the best of times but particularly so with the sun shining and summer in full flow. We chose to head north towards Buttington Cross, our route accompanied by strings of Mallard ducklings and shoals of Rudd. Darting Read more…

Brimstone Butterfly

Llanymynech Rocks

Finding hidden gems in oft visited areas is immensely rewarding. Take our high tide visit to Banc y Lord a couple of weeks ago as one such example. Another came at the conclusion of our recent long weekend in Welshpool when, with a few hours spare before heading home, we popped up Read more…

Garreg Lwyd

Garreg Lwyd Dotterel

Bank holiday weekend was a busy one for us with Saturday spent exploring the Preseli Hills (trip report to follow) and Sunday afternoon taken up with something called a social gathering. An odd concept I admit but one which I think could really take off, maybe even as early as Read more…

Strumble seawatch

An Epic Strumble Seawatch

With all that’s been going on during the past week our trip to Strumble Saturday before last seems like a lifetime ago. Back then storm Ellen was still making her presence felt which meant big winds, big waves and even bigger birds (at least in terms of the amount of Read more…

Labyrinth Spiders of Manorbier

Labyrinth Spiders of Manorbier

Choosing places to visit lately includes the additional consideration of how busy said destination is likely to be. Isn’t it amazing how crowded this country gets when hordes of tourists aren’t jetting off around the world! For the large part our choices have proven wise with one such being the Read more…