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…

The secret lives of sparrows

Wednesday 22nd April: Isolation Day 31 During my daily ‘exercise’ (or rather, sitting down with camera poised), my aim over the past week has been to capture the daily antics of a rather overlooked bird, the humble house sparrow. Not spectacularly coloured or great songsters but fascinating in their own right, they have always one…

Sighting: Red Kite

Thursday 16th April: Isolation Day 25 The weekend before we went into ‘lockdown’ I consider visiting Bwlch Nant yr Arian, the kite feeding centre about 10 miles out of town. In the end I decided I would wait and visit during the week instead when it would be more peaceful (no children!). Little did I…

End of an era?

Saturday 11th April: Isolation Day 20 Strangely I haven’t seen our resident pair of majestic mute swans since last Autumn, after a disappointing summer where the pair lost their brood of cygnets very early on. Whilst it isn’t unusual for these swans to disappear for most of the winter, their return is now well overdue…

Wildfowl Wednesday

Wednesday 8th April: Isolation Day 17 We are now mid way through our third week of social distancing and fortunately I am still finding ways to keep occupied and stay in touch with nature in between working from home. The government guidance means no more photo trips away from home so I am spending all…

Sighting: Grey Wagtail

Friday 3rd April: Isolation Day 10 Aside from a brief lull yesterday, we are still blessed with gorgeous blue skies here on the Welsh coast. The beautiful weather is very uplifting and making the adjustment to a life of social isolation and staying home just a little easier. I am making the most of the…

Corvid not covid

Sunday March 29th: Isolation Day 6 Almost a week into our new life of uncertainty and restriction and the boredom and monotony is beginning to set in. Fortunately the sun is still shining enabling me to get out briefly each day for my daily dose of nature therapy. Whilst being limited to just one small…

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…

Spring Equinox

Today marks the spring equinox, the start of astrological Spring. As we bid farewell to the cold, dark days of winter and welcome instead the warmth and colours of the new season, we also bid a fond farewell to the starlings. The murmurations of starlings here in Aberystwyth have entertained and enthralled us all winter…

Winter waders

Winter is a great time to see migrant birds here on the coast of Aberystwyth. Birds such as turnstones who arrive here from their homes in the northern Canada and Greenland, to enjoy the relative warmth of our shores until spring returns to the Arctic Circle. A turnstone in winter/non-breeding plumage I don’t have to…

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…

Sighting: Wren

The wren is the most common breeding bird in the UK with an estimated 8.5 million birds. Unsurprisingly then, you can find wrens just about anywhere from farms and woodlands to our gardens and urban spaces. I last saw a wren down in the harbour ‘gap’ a few years ago, but after several months this…