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…

M.E Awareness Day – ‘Nature Therapy’

I was recently invited to write a guest blog for A Focus on Nature Org about the benefits of the natural world, particularly those suffering from disabilities or mental health issues. With today being M.E Awareness Day coming up, it felt like the perfect time to share my piece celebrating ‘Nature Therapy’. #MEAwarenessDay2021 — Lockdown…

If you go down to the woods today…

With sunny skies and a few hours to spare between shifts at work on Friday, it was the perfect opportunity to hunt for bluebells in the grounds of Nanteos Mansion. Nestled between two small nature reserves, Old Warren Hill & Coed Penglanowen their ancient woodlands provide the perfect unspoiled habitat for numerous species including these…

Shapeshifters

My final ‘starling watch’ of the season looked like it was going to be a rather underwhelming one despite an almost perfect golden sunset. Numbers were still impressive but certainly down from the previous weeks and the starlings flew unhurriedly, swirling slowly around the pier until they began to drop from the sky into the…

Sighting: Bullfinch

After a couple of bitterly cold weeks, now it really is starting to feel like spring is just around the corner. With the sun shining bright yesterday I was keen to get out and explore a recently discovered ‘patch’, the Rhydyfelin cycle path. This short stretch of the Ystwyth trail may not sound like an…

2020 Highlights – Nature Therapy

Whilst 2020 was not the year any of us would have wished for, despite the anxiety and the uncertainty there were a few positives about the periods of lockdown as we were no longer able to mix with friends and family and do many of the things we once took for granted. I like many…

It’s that time of year again…

It was almost a year ago that I stood in this very spot, photographing the annual starling spectacle here in Aberystwyth and what a difference a year can make! Whilst the annual cycles of nature change very little, unfortunately our human world is now a very different place with a global pandemic filling all our…

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…

Summer skies

To me nothing signals the start of summer quite like the arrival of the house martins here in Aberystwyth. As the warmer weather advances more and more of these birds return to their breeding grounds beside the harbour inlet. The quiet skies are soon filled with their aerial acrobatics and the sound of their constant…

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…

Bathing birds

The recent weeks have been unusually kind to us in terms of weather, in fact ever since lockdown we have had pretty much consistent sunshine which has made the whole ordeal much more tolerable. I expect we would be feeling much more glum by now if we had been stuck indoors each day! On my…

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…