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    Exciting Wildlife times at Ynys-hir

    I know a Blog is meant to be up to the minute information, however I thought it would be useful to have a brief summary of recent sightings here at the reserve. Starting with our Lapwings, 54 nesting pairs this year, now dispersing around the lowland...
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    Moths of the moment

    Some of Britain’s most spectacular flyers are also our most obscure: moths. Over 2,500 species of moth live in the UK, and over 30 of them have been seen at Ynys-hir over the past few days. On Sunday we ran a moth trap event for visitors, and...
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    Wow, an ACTUAL fish!

    Imagine you are a ground nesting bird, looking for that safe, hidden nook to make your nest and raise your chicks. Would you tuck yourself away in some long grass or reeds, so no one could find you? Would you flee when a predator came, or would you defend...
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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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    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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    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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    Beautiful weather for a WEBS count!

    Staff here at the reserve chose a beautiful day on Thursday 22nd August 2013 to do a WEBS count on the reserve. A good number of waders were seen including 6 Wigeon, 277 Teal, 15 Goosander, 36 Little Egrets, 186 Oystercatchers, 21 Curlew, 29 Dunlin...
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    Wildfowl and waders

    The monthly co-ordinated wildfowl and wader count on the Dyfi was carried out at high-tide this morning. I covered the Ynys-hir RSPB reserve section whilst others counted the other three sections further down the estuary. The barnacle geese, all 321 of...
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    Recent sightings

    Fledged birds seem to be everywhere now and some birds are far easier to see than usual with redstart families feeding frantically throughout the woodlands. Great spotted woodpeckers have been bringing their young close to our bird feeder, a lesser spotted...
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    If you go down to the woods today...

    ...you will be struck by how quiet it is. Most of our woodland birds seem to have fledged young and have disappeared into the canopy-very different from last week when birds seemed to be everywhere. However, craning ones neck to look up to the canopy...
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    Highlights from our Springwatch Tours

    During the three weeks we have been host to BBC Springwatch we've been running four “Springwatch Tours” a day. These have proved to be very popular with our visitors, with over 900 participants in total. Visitors met at the picnic tables...
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    Early winter arrivals

    Despite the sunny and warm weather a few winter visitors are already here. 63 barnacle geese have arrived on the salt marsh, some 3 weeks earlier than normal. Wigeon numbers have incresed to 400 and teal numbers are building up too with 600 counted yesterday...
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    The last day of the series

    The last day of the Springwatch series has finally come and some of the stars of the show have timed things to perfection. I was watching the web cams at lunch time and lo and behold, despite my low expectations, one of the common sandpiper chicks...
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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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    So long Springwatch

    The Springwatch series is now over and the reserve will slowly get back to normal. The production village is full of vans and vehicles; equipment is packed away and our overflow car-park is full of lorries waiting to take away portacabins, tents and production...
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    The second 'live' day of BBC Springwatch

    The second day of BBC Springwatch is here and, after watching last night's programme, I can't wait until 8pm tonight! It was a fascinating and informative programme throughout, but I particularly enjoyed the underground filming of the moles -...
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    Springwatch oystercatchers, barn owls, buzzards and swallows

    I know you’re all eager for news of the progress of the nests we watched on Springwatch! The oystercatchers were checked on again this week and they are still sitting tight on their rudimentary nest on top of the 8ft stone wall. We first started...
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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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    Buzzards on camera

    Well, the first live broadcast of springwatch went out on the air last night and what a superb programme it was! The aerial shots of the reserve were brilliant and I particularly liked the shots of parts of the reserve taken in February and then again...
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    Bye for now, BBC Springwatch

    Almost three weeks have passed and the last episode of the BBC Springwatch series was broadcast last night. It has been a thoroughly enjoyable, exciting and educational journey for all of us here at Ynys-hir reserve and has made Springwatch addicts of...
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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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    Springwatch species up-date

    Following on from a number of facebook, twitter and e-mail queries I thought I should write a small up-date on the blog concerning those birds that were on the BBC Springwatch web-cams. There is now little activity at the heronry with only occasional...
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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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    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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    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...