Days Out: National Botanic Garden of Wales

Today we headed south down to Carmarthen to visit the National Botanic Garden of Wales. This 500 acre site is dedicated to conservation and home to an impressive collection of approximately 8000 different species of flowers and plants from the UK and around the world. Despite not feeling my best, a day immersing myself in…

Sighting: Golden Ringed Dragonfly

Having spent some 6 years now living beside the harbour ‘gap’ in Aberystwyth I feel I have come to know the area and it’s inhabitants rather well. Even so there is still the occasional new sighting to surprise me. Whilst the delicate damselflies are a relatively common sight during the heat of the summer I…

Poison paradise

After an absolutely dismal May which was quite literally a wash out, it’s nice to see the return of sunny skies here in Aberystwyth. Thanks in part to all that rain, and the absence so far of the council mowers the wild areas around the harbour have sprung into life providing a habitat for all…

Sighting: Plasterer bee

Most of my time spend photographing is done close to home and exploring the area in and around ‘the gap’. Whilst there is a sense of familiarity here in photographing the same creatures and the same cycles of life each season, there are also occasionally a new sighting, piece of behaviour or encounter to capture…

Ladybird invasion

With the most recent storm bringing harsh winds and torrential downpours my bee garden has now well and truly been decimated, reduced to a few withered and wind battered sticks! Ah well, better luck next year! A few months ago however it was quite the miniature jungle and during a particularly sunny spell in June,…

Metamorphosis

Is has now been some 4 months since I left work the Butterfly House, although it now feels a lifetime ago. Daily life has changed changed considerably and unexpectedly for all of us since then in the wake of the devastating coronavirus pandemic. Despite the strange and uncertain times we have found ourselves in, life…

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…

Sighting: Ashy Mining Bee

We might still be limited to just a few walks outside a day but nature continues to provide plenty of distraction and beautiful things to to observe. There is even the odd surprise such as this lovely and unusual looking bee encountered recently. Do not adjust your screen, there’s no clever photoshop trickery here, this…

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…

Nature is still open for business

The world is currently in the grip of a devastating virus, a type of coronavirus known as covid-19. Originating in China, the illness has now spread rapidly across the globe resulting in a pandemic being declared a little over a week ago. Since then life as we know it has changed dramatically. Offices, pubs, restaurants…

Fleeting

For as long as I can remember I had wanted to work with animals, so when the opportunity arose a few months ago to do just this I couldn’t quite believe my luck, although the animals in questions were somewhat smaller than those I might have imagined. Tree nymph or paper kite butterflies As I…

Autumn invasion

Autumn is the time of year when all things 8 legged invade our gardens and appear in our homes, seeking out mates and warm places to spend the impending winter. Fear of spiders is irrational and actually quite ridiculous since none of the spiders found in the UK can do you any real harm but…