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    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 of trends within bird populations. Have you noticed more small birds in your garden? Missing a few old friends you’ve not seen in a while? You don’t have to be a bird watcher or a wildlife nerd to help out. This is the place to get involved and make a difference. My Big Garden Birdwatch…

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    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 positive impact here, it will hopefully impact on many other communities who follow suit, both with beaches and without. What is it? If you’ve not seen one of the boards before, they have a wealth of information on the benefits of doing the beach clean, and have gloves and litter pickers to make picking even…

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    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 Jan 2018. But what is it and how can you get involved? The site hosted by ‘Zooniverse’ is set to easily guide the user to identify 2 different bird species in photos taken from camera traps placed at various sites around the North Atlantic – Skellig Michael off the west coast of Ireland, Rathin Island off…

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    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, it boasts a wealth of wildlife and chances to engage with the natural world. On a clear day, I love to wander along some of the lesser trod pathways that wind between the Taff and the Dock Feeder Canal. So that’s exactly what I did for the first instalment of A Year Of Bute Park!…