• Cardiff Bay
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    #30DaysWild Day 29/30 – My How You’ve Grown

    My 30 Days Wild challenge has been a whirlwind tour of Cardiff’s feathery, creepy and totally wild residents, and it’s only fitting on the last few days I’ve seen a few of them all grown up! As well as myself growing through the things I’ve learnt, it seems the wildlife has been at it too. The last 2 evenings I spent in Cardiff Bay, seemingly the only place in Cardiff left with a breeze that can cool us all off in this heatwave! The bay itself was still and the skies have been clear blue, with the odd gull floating past on the absolute god send of a breeze. I…

  • Sand Martin Nest
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    #30DaysWild Day 5 – Cardiff Bay Sand Martins

    Day 5 of 30 Days Wild brought me to Cardiff Bay today, looking fairly busy due to the Volvo Ocean Race that is currently being hosted in the harbour. However, boats or no boats, the bay is a great place to spot coastal birds – and that’s exactly what I did! Cardiff Bay has a variety of habitats, including the Cardiff Bay Wetlands which is reed beds and wetlands, host to many wading birds which would have originally been there when the bay was previously a salt marsh. The bay itself is a freshwater lake and is a good place to spot waterbirds, including Great Crested Grebe. Sand Martins in…

  • 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.…

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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…