A few more waders at high-tide today; about 240 ringed plover and 400 dunlin with smaller numbers of oystercatcher, curlew, whimbrel and redshank. At our main wader breeding site on the lowland wet grassland lapwing chicks are starting to fledge having survived well despite the dry spring. with lots of young feeding on the remaining wet areas The first shelduck chicks are gathering on the estuary along with a few Canada geese young though it has been another poor breeding season fotr the latter as a nesting pair of ravens has taken a liking to Canada geese eggs. The woods are full of nesting pied flycatcher and redstart with lots of wood warblers in the un-grazed areas. A very nice suprise yesterday was a hobby hawking for insects over the pool near the Visitor Centre which gave excellent views to those having lunch at the picnic tables. Butterfies have been out in abundance in this lovely warm weather with common blue, small copper and wall butterflies especially common this year. Moth-trapping has also produced a good variety of species with eyed hawk-moth the most stunning species caught so far.
Well, if you are planning a visit to Ynys-hir anytime soon you certainly won't be dissapointed! In the last week the reserve has exploded with colour. The trees have all started to flower and their fresh green leaves fill the landscape with glorious emerald bouquets. The bluebells are all standing tall and welcoming the visitors with big blue smiles. It really is beginning to look quite amazing out and about. However, if you'd like something a little more challenging than just strolling and taking in the beautiful views, we have events planned most weekends at Ynys-hir. Our Bird I.D guided walks have been quite popular so far this spring and with activities such as pond dipping comming up, there is plenty for all the family to get involved with, come and pay us a visit!