• Goldfinch
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    Charming Goldfinch

    Listening to birdsong out of your window can give you a pretty good idea of which birds you share your neighbourhood with. On a typical day on my street I’ve got various gulls yelling at each other on the industrial estate, feral and wood pigeons lazily cooing from the rooftops, and the bickering of house sparrows and starlings from the trees and hedgerows. One of the songs I often hear but don’t see the artist behind is the goldfinch. They are little showstoppers with their bright red and yellow feathers which jazz up even the greyest of urban gardens.Goldfinch have a guinea pig-esque chattering song as they bob through the…

  • Shelduck at Roath Park, Cardiff
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    Shelduck In The City

    The tree lined Victorian boating lake in Roath Park is home to some of our most familiar faces – mute swans, Canada geese, greylag geese and more mallards than you can shake a stick at (very carefully, from a distance, without disturbing them!). It also provides a rest spot for those passing by on the way to their preferred hangouts. Last year it was the elusive red necked grebe from eastern Europe, and this month it’s been home to a much less rare bird, but still an uncommon visitor to the city centre, the shelduck. Shelduck are one of our biggest ducks in the UK, just a bit bigger than…

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    No New M4: A Bumblebees Plea

    Today is World Wetlands Day, and I cannot stop thinking about the fact that whilst we are celebrating and cherishing these amazing places to visit, that South Wales’ very own wetland haven is threatened with destruction. This year the Welsh Government are voting to rip up the Gwent Levels, all for 10 minutes less spent in a car.This is our last chance to inform ourselves, and to fight for the future of our environment. Time to get angry South Wales. Plans for an M4 relief road diverting traffic from Chepstow, around Newport, and into Cardiff, have been rumbling around for years, but the issue is now at crisis point as…

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    My Big Garden Birdwatch 2019

    Just as January’s chill begins to take hold over the UK, citizen scientists all over the UK kitted in pyjamas and armed with cups of tea and biscuits, took to their windows to take part in the UK’s biggest science projects in the UK – of course I’m talking about the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch! Every year a huge cross section of society gets stuck in to help our wildlife, by recording the amount of different birds which visit your garden in one hour. This year the RSPB celebrated 40 years of this project, and in those 40 years they have collected data which has been hugely important in protecting…

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    A Little Peek at a Little Owl

    If you head to the Gwent Levels over winter, you’ll find the patchwork of reed beds swaying in bronze against a grey sky, maybe a blue one if you’re lucky! Home to countless numbers of wildlife species who depend on this unique habitat, from humble but rare bumblebees to majestic birds of prey, it’s a treat to visit any time of year. I visited the RSPB Newport Wetlands on a dry and sunny day to start the year off the way I meant to go on, with a good walk with my girlfriend along the welsh coast and some fresh sea air. You just can’t go wrong! There was plenty…

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    Grebe-y Guts

    The Cardiff Bay Wetlands reserve is a great place to watch wild birds minutes from the city centre, including one of our cities more flamboyant characters, the Great Crested Grebe. During spring and summer these waterbirds develop ravishing rusty red plumage on their heads as part of an elaborate courtship ritual. They dance in the water and fluff up their head feathers to make themselves look as fabulous as possible. But during winter it’s more of a subdued affair. Not needing their best get up, they opt for a monochrome palette, but are still identifiable from other grebe type birds by their long pointed beak, white neck and black head…

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    Can You Put A Price On Wildlife?

    Yet again it seems, that money is valued more than the future of our wildlife’s survival in this country. Recently, the RSPB have been campaigning to protect Coul Links, a unique habitat and one of the last of it’s kind in Scotland, against the threat of a luxury golf course. RSPB are backed by Scottish National Heritage, Buglife, Butterfly Conservation Scotland, Plantlife Scotland, the Marine Conservation Society, the National Trust for Scotland and the Scottish Wildlife Trust, and thousands of concerned members of the public (click here to help the campaign). But money talks, and local councillors have left the decision to the Scottish Government after failing to make their own decision based on the information put…

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    #30DaysWild Day 25-28 – I Got Sunshine

    Another busy week and another wildly sunny week! The sunshine has well and truly signalled the beginning of summer – the swifts are screaming, the fledgling chicks of spring are beginning to fly and the air is full of insect life. In Cardiff, temperatures have been soaring to around 30 degrees daily, proving a challenge to the residents, wild and human! On a recent walk through the Howardian Nature Reserve I noticed the small brook had nearly completely dried up, and the wild flower meadows have taken the brunt of the relentless sun, with flowers struggling to get the water we all need in this weather! But there is plenty…

  • Great Crested Grebe with Humbug Chick
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    #30DaysWild Day 10/11/12 – Wild Humbug!

    The sun has been shining down on Cardiff for the beginning of Week 2 of 30 days Wild. Summer is well and truly underway, with pollinators busying themselves amongst the few patches of wildflower in my neighbourhood. Fledgling starlings have been noisily crowding over bird feeders, some of the first to fledge in my area, and it just feels like everything is coming into it’s own as we head to the middle of June. Day 10 and 11 A few relatively busy days – day 10 I was taking part alongside my roller derby team in the nationwide PROCESSIONS rally, a celebration of 100 years of women’s right to vote.…