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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    Ynys-hir Recent Sightings 9th -15th February 2015

    Hi, Of the five British owl species, the Barn Owl is one of the most nocturnal in habit, therefore a day flying Barn Owl observed hunting over Covert Coch (10 th ) was a real treat and a personal highlight for me on the reserve this week. Another sign...
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    Ynys-hir Recent Sightings 2nd -8th February 2015

    Hi, Temperatures plummeted as high pressure took charge this week, this led to all of the reserve’s waterbodies freezing over and the wetland birds moving to the estuary in search of open water. The highlight on the main reserve was a 2 nd winter...
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    Ynys-hir Recent Sightings 19th-24th January 2015

    Hi, In a week with large high tides fingers were crossed that a few goodies would turn up on the reserve. We weren’t left disappointed with 1x Bean Goose in amongst a flock of 25x Greenland White-fronted Geese (viewed from Poggles Bench, 24 th...
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    Ynys-hir Recent Sightings 12th-18th January 2015

    Hi, A calm frosty start to the 18th provided the perfect opportunity to head out onto the reserve and do a bit of wildlife watching. On arrival at the Visitor Centre a Water Rail skidded across the frozen pools below. A Woodcock rose up from a small...
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    Ynys-hir Recent Sightings 5th-11th January 2015

    Hello and Happy New Year to you all! I’ll begin with an update on “JNA” a drake Teal with a lime green nasal saddle . The bird sighted on the Ynys Edwin pool back in December was ringed in 2012 on the Gironde estuary near Bordeaux...
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    Ynys-hir Recent Sightings 14th-20th December 2014

    Hi, With thousands of wetland birds now wintering on the Dyfi estuary there is a true wildlife spectacle to be witnessed on a stroll around the reserve. A large number of birds utilise the Breakwater field for feeding and roosting where great viewing...
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    Ynys-hir Recent Sightings 8th-13th December 2014

    Hi, After nearly a month’s absence, the return of 26 Greenland White-Fronted Geese to the reserve was a real highlight this week. The flock sighted on the saltings from Poggles bench (Wetland Trail, 13th) showed well in the winter sunshine. However...
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    Ynys-hir Recent Sightings 1st-7th December 2014

    Hi, Finally catching a glimpse of an Ynys-hir otter has to my personal highlight on the reserve this week. The otter, viewed from both the Domen Las and Marian Mawr Hides, was busy foraging on the estuary and successfully caught atleast one big flat...
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    Ynys-hir Recent Sightings 16th-30th November 2014

    Hi, If I were to use one word to describe the last fortnight on the reserve it would be settled. The reserve’s wildlife cast remained relatively similar however with mild and calm conditions dominating it made for some pleasant viewing on the...
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    Ynys-hir Recent Sightings 9th-15th November 2014

    Hi, We’ve just had another fantastic week on the reserve with the key sightings being a fine drake Green-winged Teal (Ynys Feurig Hide, daily since its discovery on the 11 th ), two Otter (Domen Las Hide,10 th ) and a big bull Grey Seal (Domen...
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    Ynys-hir Guided Walks

    Hi, We’re offering weekly guided walks every Wednesday morning at ten o’clock. Tom, one of our interns will be pointing out some of the wildlife and explaining about the management work done on the reserve. If you are interested please...
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    Ynys-hir Recent Sightings 2nd-8th November 2014

    Hi, The spectacle of thousands of wetland birds feeding and roosting on the Breakwater field over high tide has to be one of the main highlights over the past week. With the high tides being over five metres most of the saltmarsh was inundated with...
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    Pool With A View 2

    Hi, The conservation team have been back out undertaking habitat management around the Marian Mawr pools. On this occasion we were busy cutting back vegetation on the islands, a continuation of work which began last winter. Regular visitors to the...
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    Ynys-hir Recent Sightings 25th October- 1st November 2014

    Hi, The Dyfi Estuary plays host to the only regular wintering flock of Greenland White-Fronted Geese in the whole of Wales and England, therefore news of our first returning birds, ten on the 28 th October, was a real highlight on the reserve this...
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    Ynys-hir Recent Sightings 11th-24th October 2014

    Hi, Welcome to an eventful fortnightly addition of the sightings blog. With so much going on at this time of year it’s been difficult to pick a highlight, however two daytime sightings of otter, one from Domen Las Hide (20 th ) and one from the...
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    Pool with a view

    Hi, If you have dropped into the reserve recently you may have spotted the conservation team working around the water bodies in front of the Saltings and Marian Mawr hides. The team have been busy cutting the vegetation around the pool edges in order...
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    Ynys-hir Recent Sightings 4th-10th October 2014

    Hi, A combination of sporadic heavy showers, strong gusts and the month’s highest tides always had the potential to spice things up on the reserve. They certainly did when 3x juvenile Arctic Terns were spotted from the Breakwater Hide (6 th ...
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    End of Summer Exhibition

    Hi, Becky, our artist in residence has been busy creating some wonderful pieces of work over the last few months. From majestic landscapes to dosing ducks her varied subjects can now be seen on display in the visitor centre, where an assemblage of...