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    RHS Cardiff Flower Show 2018

    The prim and proper flower shows of yesteryear aren’t the sort of places you’d imagine seeing any kind of wildlife or real, down to earth nature. But the tides have definitely turned, and the RHS flower show in Cardiff really pushed forward the agenda of gardening and conservation being firmly hand in hand. My visit was planned as an enjoyable day with my family, to maybe pick up some seeds and plants for my allotment and to see the amazing varieties of plants that had been brought into Cardiff from all over the UK. The show did not disappoint, my pockets filled with heritage varieties of vegetable drops which I…

  • Brimstone Butterfly
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    Spring Tales From The Riverbank

    The sun is finally fighting against the grey clouds which have been become part of the furniture of Cardiff’s skyline for the last few months, which means that spring is finally underway. And no snow to stop it this time! Nowhere does this show better than along the Forest Farm Nature Reserve in Radyr, North Cardiff. Sandwiched between the River Taff and the Glamorganshire Canal, it’s a haven for waders and wetland wildlife, as well as the flora and fauna who call the established woodlands it’s home. The sunshine has given everything who calls the reserve it’s home a renewed energy to get busy during the important spring season! Water Water…

  • Great Crested Grebe
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    Lovely Weather For Ducks

    I didn’t expect much from a soggy walk through the Cardiff Bay Wetlands, but it was worth a wander through whilst I was in that part of town. If not just for getting away from the school holiday crowds. Most of the smaller birds had taken cover from the rain, I could see leaves rustling whilst they hid away. Maybe I should have done the same in a coffee shop had it not been for the temptation of ‘what if I miss out on seeing some really great wildlife?’. Thankfully I was rewarded by a smattering of wetland favourites, including the fancy-feathered Great Crested Grebe. Diving for long periods to…

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    Problem Plastic

    The scourge of plastic is something often seen in a grander scale on the news; the devastating ‘plastic islands’ created in the oceans or the heartbreaking images of endangered wildlife snared by single use items. Only more recently have I started looking a bit closer to home, and the impact it has on us and our local environment, on our streets, in our parks and in our spaces for nature. This series of photos shows a Coot who had pulled up a plastic bag from a reed bed, and was pecking and ultimately trying to eat it. This was taken at the Wetlands Nature Reserve in Cardiff. It broke me.…