Trip reports

Morning walk around Pontardawe Riverside Park Nature Reserve

Morning walk around Pontardawe Riverside Park Nature Reserve
John Roach

Sunday, 15 April 2012

A large group (approx. 30) met at the Riverside Park Car Park, Pontardawe at 9.30am. the walk had been publicised by the Riverside Park Centre and there were several from the local area. After walk leader Maggie Cornelius had welcomed the assembled (see photo) we started on the morning walk along the woodland paths, riverside and the canal path. Bird song was all around us as we walked with more birds heard than seen. Several woodland birds were seen (e.g. thrush, chaffinch, bullfinch, blue tit, great tit, coal tit) and recently arrived migrants (blackcap, chiff-chaff, sand martins). Buzzards could be seen on the hillside being mobbed by crows and a raven. Along the riverside two dippers were seen near their probable nesting site underneath a road bridge. A grey wagtail came very close to the group when they spent some time on a river footbridge where a dipper was seen again. The walk finished at the Riverside Park Centre where there was an opportunity to see displays of the projects being undertaken by various groups who use the Centre. A busy morning with 30 species seen.