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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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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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The bird of night did sit

Over the past week or so, young Tawny owls (Strix aluco) have been vociferous from dusk until well into the night. For a species so notoriously difficult to see, the fledglings’ squeaks seem to resonate noisily from every corner of … Continue reading

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Halcyon days

At 7:45 p.m. on Wednesday, I was deeply involved in reading a novel when I was disturbed from my reverie by a familiar ‘peeep, peeep’ sort of sound in the garden. I carefully made my way to the window, raised my binoculars and … Continue reading

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Nature remains

Thousands of fluffy white seed heads from the willow trees have been drifting past the window all morning – giving the garden the appearance of a well shaken snow globe. After a gloriously sunny Monday, which saw the re-emergence of … Continue reading

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Cobbler of the woods

The rain arrived this afternoon, breaking one of the longest spells of continuous fine weather I can recall for many months. The butterflies and damselflies went immediately into hiding but the wild birds continued to form disorderly queues for the … Continue reading

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A sunday stroll in the woods

The church bells rang out in the distance as I walked in the garden this morning. Over these last few brilliantly hot and sunny days our wood and meadow have been crazily active with insect life. The Cardinal beetle (Pyrochroa serraticornis), … Continue reading

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