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    Cables and cameras

    More springwatch preparations today with generators arriving, cables laid to some of the wildlife hubs and microphones set up near the heronry. The duct and fibre optic cable has been laid to the Visitor Centre from the Studio location and we will hopefully...
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    What a week!

    Here we are at the end of the first week of Springwatch at Ynys-hir. All I can say is...WOW.. what a week we have had at the reserve. The build up since last summer, when the BBC team had a good old look at the site and said - 'Oh yes, this looks...
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    4 days to go and counting!

    With just 4 days to go, almost the whole Springwatch crew are now onsite and it's busier than ever! We've been sneaking around taking some pics to show you how things look when the cameras pan out... Our humble tractorshed has been transformed...
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    Oystercatcher news

    Two of our most endearing stars on springwatch were Mr and Mrs Oystercatcher, who are still siting patiently on their charges, exposed to the elements, on a drystone wall infront of Domen Las hide. Quite how this species survives the attention of...
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    Happy Springwatch Day

    Well, the day for the first live broadcast has finally arrived. The reserve Visitor Centre now has a live link to some of the cameras and we are able to show live pictures from the heronry, a buzzard nest, redstarts in a nest box and our barn owls with...
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    Waders

    On a falling tide this morning, good numbers of waders were feeding on the exposed mud and sand opposite the Breakwater hide. There were around 550 dunlin with a few ringed plovers, 3 little stints and 4 curlew sandpipers. Further out was a group of 17...
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    Dragonflys and damsels

    Despite the recent wet weather good numbers of dragonfly and damselfly have been seen in the sunny spells between the rain. The main ride below Coed Penrhynmawr which borders an open area of mire has been particularly good with both southern and common...
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    A double celebration

    This week sixteen cadets from 1429 Squadron came to Ynys-hir to plant 70 trees in celebration of the 70 th Anniversary of the Air Training Corps and 100 years of the RSPB in Wales. They planted a mixture of crab apple, alder buckthorn, blackthorn and...
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    Ynys-hir Recent Sightings 16th -22nd February 2015

    Hi, During my final week as a Mid Wales Conservation Intern it was the large high tides that produced excellent wildlife watching. An early start in the Breakwater Hide on the 20 th produced good wader numbers on the Breakwater field including, 105...
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    The Latest from the Reserve

    Hi everyone. We all here at Ynys-hir miss Adam who has done sterling work with this blog, and indeed around the Reserve in the 6 months he was with us. Many thanks Adam. Well. spring must be here, indeed the weather in recent weeks has been excellent...
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    Ynys-hir through the new interns' eyes

    The last two months have been busy for the new interns: Joe and myself. It definitely is the best time to discover the reserve: spring has sprung! The woods are now really colourful with bluebells, red campions, wood anemones, wood sorrel and greater...
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    11th - 17th of May 2015

    - The nest box survey has started! Over the breeding season, 297 nest boxes will be monitored. Most boxes shelter blue or great tit eggs or even chicks. The eggs are white with brownish spots. The chicks mostly blind and naked will start to develop...
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    18th - 24th of May

    - Every nest box has been checked once and the second round has started this week! At the end of the season every nest box will have been checked at least three times. The Great and Blue Tit chicks are developing and the Pied Flycatchers are still incubating...
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    25th - 31st of May 2015

    - Round number two of the nest box survey is over. The Blue and Great Tits are growing up. Most of them now have long feathers although some younger ones in pins have been observed. Great Tit ( Parus major ) chicks Important information has...
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    1st - 7th of Jaune 2015

    This last week the volunteers mainly worked on the estate maintenance. We however managed to spot some great wild life : Wet grassland – Penrhyn Gerwen Yellow-rattle is flowering. Some fields are displaying yellow flashes. The Yellow-rattle...
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    8th - 14th of June 2015

    Last week, the Conservation team completed varied tasks. - The third round of nest box surveying has started. Pied-Flycatcher chicks now have long feathers as you can see on the photo below. A bit more patience and soon we will know the overall numbers...
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    Stunning Invertebrates in Ynys-hir

    It has been a long time since I published a post on the blog. Internet connection issues and a nice holiday kept me away from it but now I am back and it is great. The conservation team has been busy mainly doing practical work, maintaining the estate...
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    Seasonal changes...

    The last few weeks the weather has been stunningly beautiful here in Mid Wales, marking the return of children to school and the change of season from summer to autumn. Many things happen on the reserve at this time of year – we have said”...
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    Autumn High Tides - Come and see the Waders!

    RSPB Ynys-hir: Autumn high tides over the last couple of days and the first of the Wetland Bird Surveys (WEBS) Dave our Site manager has the reserve section to count and here are some of his highlights seen from Ynys Feurig hide where we have recently...
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    Visitor Centre

    Just to let you know, our Visitor Center will be closed for 2 days, Tuesday November 3rd and Wednesday November 4th 2015. Don't let that put you off a visit, the reserve will be open as usual - well worth a visit, stunning at the moment, and as...
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    A confusion of Seasons!

    As I write this up it is on a day when we have seen everything from hail, snow and now sunshine, truly a mixed bag of weather for the end of April. It is also an interesting time for the birds, we now have all the expected summer migrants here (including...
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    New life bursting forth...

    It's the time of year when everywhere around the reserve springs into life! Seasonal highlights include the migrant songbirds which have been wonderfully active, giving visitors great views. After their unexplained absence last year wood warblers...
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    Recent sightings: August 2016

    Hello all, Welcome back to the Ynys-hir recent sightings blog. Over the next 10 months Ryan and I (the new residential interns) will aim to provide fortnightly updates on wildlife activity at the reserve. We start with the Big Wild Sleep Out event...
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    Recent sightings 26/09/16

    Ceredigion Moths were back with us on the 11th this month, trapping some of the more autumnal species such as pink-barred sallow, centre-barred sallow, and frosted orange, which gave a seasonal feel to the session. Other species included; copper underwing...
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    Recent sightings 12/10/2016

    October began with an astonishingly insightful fungi walk on the 2 nd , lead by Ray Woods. Although unfortunately not many fungi were located (general consensus seems to be that this year will prove a poor one for seeing fruiting bodies), we did find...