Strange & Beautiful

It was back in the warm and relatively carefree days of summer that I stumbled across a rather unusual find when out searching for insects among the wildflowers. In among a cluster of corn chamomile flowers growing beside the harbour wall, was this rather unusual looking bloom. This particular stem and in a conjoined or…

Flowerscapes

Despite in now being late September a walk outside and you’d be forgiven for we were back in mid summer! Temperatures all week have been hovering over 20 degrees, unusually warm for this time of year. A walk along the promenade today and I was pleasantly surprised to find the flower beds we planted many…

Beebombs

At the start of lockdown some months ago, finding myself with a lot more free time on my hands (how I long for that now!) I finally got around to planting my ‘beebombs’. Beebombs are wildflower seedballs designed to be scattered on open ground or in gardens to replicate a wildflower meadow. With such habitats…

Colour pop

It’s been around 6 weeks since we replanted a couple of the flower beds here on Aberystwyth’s south promenade. Since then we have had what feels like weeks of endless rain, and whilst we not have enjoyed it the flowers have certainly benefited! It has certainly saved us the job of keeping them watered… With…

Celebrating solitary bees

Aberystwyth Castle grounds are always one of my favourite places to visit for their abundance in bird life as well as the vibrant flowers which adorn it’s borders and decorative beds. As mentioned in my previous blog, there is a noticeable lack of cultivated flowers this year as the annuals have not yet been replaced…

Community gardening

Whilst the wildflowers have been left to thrive in and around Aberystwyth, many of the ornamental flower beds and planters lie bare and empty. With only essential workers still in operation the council have no one to get out planting and so have resorted to giving their surplus flowers and plants away to locals to…

Aberystwyth in Bloom: Part 2

With a change of scenery in order, what better time to visit the grounds of Aberystwyth Castle, a great spot for a morning of nature therapy! I was hoping to find some wildflowers to capture as part of my ongoing photography project and fortunately I was not left disappointed. The usually short cropped lawns have…

Aberystwyth in bloom: Part 1

Whilst lockdown has been an awful and difficult time, there have also been several positives which have emerged from this bleak situation. I like many others around the country have found absorbing myself in nature a great distraction and a way to stay positive and uplifted over the past 10 weeks or so. I’ve particularly…

Nanteos naturewatch

After a rather rainy and miserable weekend to dampen all our spirits, the sunshine is now once again smiling down on us bringing positive vibes to the start of the week. A few days ago I had to visit work to carry out a few essential tasks which couldn’t be done remotely. Once my work…

Castle birdwatch

Yesterday morning, desperate for a change of scenery I headed out to visit the scenic grounds of Aberystwyth Castle, just a 5 minute walk from home and so well within the government guidelines! Despite the lure of yet more bright blue skies and glorious sunshine, the grounds were all but deserted apart from the birds…

Bee happy

With a storm raging outside and rattling the windows what better time to catch up on some editing and look back at some of my photographs captured back in the warmth and calm of summer. Having invested in a prime macro lens earlier in the year much of my attention since has been focused on…

The importance of wildflowers: Part 2

You may have seen my previous post about the importance of wildflowers, continuing that theme today I am looking at another small but vital habitat close to home. Just above the high tide line of the harbour is a small patch of rough ground, usually strewn with small rowing boats used by seafarers to reach…