January, 2014


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  • Lesser-spotted woodpeckers

    It must be the warm winter weather that has resulted in the early start of one of the most frustrating events in the birdwatching calandar- looking for lesser-spotted woodpeckers. Ynys-hir is a particularly good spot for them, but they annually cause frustration, annoyance and stiff necks to many of our visitors. Firstly one has to find the right place to stand, that's easy at Ynys-hir as we helpfully tell you where to go to give you the best chance of seeing one! Then one needs the right weather, ideally a bright sunny morning in late winter or early spring. After that it is down to luck! If you are fortunate the fluty chatter of woodland birds is broken by a harsh pe-pe-pe-pe call, then creeping along the branches high in the canopy you may see the tiny lesser-spot. Sometimes if you are very fortunately they may come out into the open and even chase each other round. However, often, as what has happen this week, one hears a short snatch of song followed by....nothing!
  • Latest News on the Wetland Bird Survey

    RSPB Ynys-hir: Staff and volunteers have been out and about doing a WeBS (Wetland Bird Survey) this morning coinciding with high tide.

    Some of the sightings include lapwing (c1100) curlew (249), pintail (31), shoveller (21) little egret (9), bar tailed godwit (15), black tailed godwit (1) and dunlin (131).

    Don't forget that next weekend is our annual Big Garden Bird watch, when you too can count the birds in your garden. To find out more go to www.rspb.org.uk to register. 

    Here is a photograph from Domenlas hide on the High Tide

  • Dates for diaries: RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch and Big Schools’ Birdwatch

    Count the wildlife that's counting on you. 

    The RSPB’s annual Big Garden Birdwatch is back on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 January 2014, giving people across the UK the chance to be part of the World’s biggest wildlife survey.  Almost 600,000 people across the UK took part in 2013 and between them counted more than 9 million birds.   


    The annual wildlife survey provides the RSVP with an important snapshot of garden bird populations in winter and has helped to highlight some dramatic declines in UK garden birds over the last 30 years.  


    Schools can also get involved in the Big Schools’ Birdwatch. Almost 90,000 children and teachers take part each year, and it’s a brilliant way of helping young people connect with nature in their school grounds or local green space.


    This year’s schools’ birdwatch will take place from 20 January – 14 February 2014, and schools can pick any hour within this period to join in.


    The RSPB produces a free teachers’ pack brimming with ideas, activities and information to help schools plan a fantastic birdwatch.


    Find out more about BGBW at: www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch and for BSBW at: www.rspb.org.uk/schoolswatch

    The more people involved, the more we can learn. So, grab a cuppa and together we can all help to give nature a home.