A Visit From a Meadow Pipit

During the further snowfall recently, I had a new garden visitor that I hadn’t seen in my area before – a Meadow Pipit. Probably pushed out of their normal farmland/rural habitats by the harsh weather, they’d found refuge in Cardiff gardens and parks. They were also seen in numbers along the Taff embankment. There’s a […]

Treecreepers and the First Signs of Spring

Treecreeper in Bute Park

For a few hopeful days in March, it really felt like Spring here in Cardiff. Temperatures soared to double figures, locals donned non-waterproof jackets and we started seeing some of the first glimpses of our Spring wildlife. Of course, we were all being very hopeful. Since that amble in the afternoon sun around Bute Park, […]

‘Beast of the East’ and Winter Thrushes

The ‘Beast of the East’ took everyone by surprise it seems. Including our winter thrushes! Posts and tweets were popping up as the snow fell deeper and deeper, ‘What is this bird? I’ve never seen it before!’ alongside a photo of a rather disgruntled, speckled visitor. Snow Idea Who That Bird Is For inner city […]

Howardian Nature Reserve in Winter

Tucked behind one of Cardiff’s busiest roads is a small, tranquil haven away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Full to the brim of different wildlife habitats, the Howardian Nature Reserve is sandwiched between the Newport Road industrial estates and the slip road for the A48, not somewhere you’d expect to find a […]

Feeder Highlights: Jan/Feb 18

It’s been a wet and windy couple of months in Cardiff, with the occasional flurry of snow and sleet to keep us on our toes. I’ve started to document the bird species which visit my garden, to try and see how I can help the biggest variety of species possible with the food I lay […]

My RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2018

It’s the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch weekend! For those of you who are thinking ‘the big garden what what?’, there is still time to get involved! The RSPB set up this nationwide project to map bird sightings in our back gardens for those who have them, or our local parks, to get a bigger picture […]

Get Involved: Barry Island 2 Minute Beach Clean

This week saw the launch of the 2 minute beach clean for my local sandy beach – Whitmore Bay at Barry Island. I’m so pleased to see a great positive action being taken on litter on a beach that’s accessible for so many people based in South East Wales. Not only will it have a […]

Get Involved: Seabirdwatch

Want to get involved in some citizen science to help protect our seabird colonies? Read on! Now, for regular viewers of BBC’s Spring/Autumn/Winterwatch shows, ‘Seabirdwatch’ might sound familiar. It was featured last year alongside a challenge to complete as many of the tasks on the site as possible, and is now 69% complete as of […]

A Year Of Bute Park, Cardiff – January

As part of becoming more aware of the changing seasons and the challenges that each season brings, I’m starting a monthly observation of Cardiff’s biggest and best known and loved parks – Bute Park. As well as being one of the capital’s most enviable commuter routes with the Taff Trail weaving alongside the River Taff, […]

A Christmas That Doesn’t Cost The Earth

This year I’m making a conscious effort to reduce my environmental footprint as I prepare for the festive season. After a little research, and a little creative thinking, I’ve come up with a few ideas that will help me, and maybe you, have a Christmas that won’t cost the earth.