Author Archives: GaiaBird

About GaiaBird

Nature lover, conservationist and blogger living in the North Wales Borderlands' region.

Secret ministry

This morning we stepped out into a bright wintry landscape, every branch, blade of grass and building sheathed in a fine layer of frost. Small birds jostled for position on the feeders, a Robin tetchily chased a Dunnock away from … Continue reading

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How many must fall?

The days are shorter and noticeably chillier. Elders are heavy with berries, squirrels dash about secreting winter food supplies in the lawn and ravens croak mournfully from the leafless branches overhanging our house. There are signs of an industrious mole in … Continue reading

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Truly wild at Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo may be globally renowned for having the largest Chimpanzee colony in Europe and an exciting Asian elephant breeding programme among its astonishingly diverse animal collection, but as I discovered on a recent visit, the grounds are home to many … Continue reading

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Preparing for autumn

Saturday morning was dry and bright: ideal conditions for practical outdoor tasks. I was forming a plan over a cup of tea when a young Dunnock (downy feathers still very much in evidence) careered headlong into the window, knocking itself senseless. Rather … Continue reading

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Wall and Wheatear on the wing

The Great Orme rises behemoth-like from the sea and sprawls along the north west of Llandudno as if biding its time before slipping noiselessly back into the water and sinking beneath the waves. This prehistoric limestone headland is rich in … Continue reading

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Little black nimbus

This morning, Azure damselflies whirred attractively over the pond in search of small flying insects; tiny olive-green froglets crawled through the undergrowth towards the water and butterflies fed languidly on buddleias, thistles and ragwort as the sunshine bathed our garden … Continue reading

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When the swallows fly low…

We have spent several weekends at Fronalchen Caravan Park on the outskirts of Dolgellau. This small, family run camp site is quite basic but its picturesque location affords magnificent views of Cadair Idris, the old market town of Merioneth and the … Continue reading

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