1 Apr 2014


Colin Miles

Having apparently solved last weeks problems with the moth trap we watched patiently as Marigold carefully removed the sodden egg-boxes – but nothing.  The trap did appear to have worked judging by the fact that the battery was partially discharged and light bulb worked when tested.  But the overnight rain and wind had obviously discouraged the moths.

So putting aside that disappointment we drove off to the volunteer centre at Pantwgan farm where we had a delightful time looking at the new-born lambs.  Even better one of the white-face Lleyns was clearly about to give birth and Huw brought her centre stage so that we could watch – our very own lambing live.  Being a first-time mother she needed a bit of help as can be seen by these photos.[nggallery id = 544]

There are three breeds of sheep at the farm, the white face Lleyn, the Llanwenog, which look very much like Shaun the Sheep, and a Texel-Charollais cross.  The farm is fully organic, running 166 breeding ewes, and Huw is expecting around 240 lambs.

As well as the lambs we were entertained by a couple of Bullocks which had just been let out into the meadow.  They spent a lot of time rather gently testing each other out.

Further along the path leading from the farm we came across some Badger paw-prints whilst the glorious sunshine enabled us to appreciate the lovely colours of a Red Kite soaring overhead, one of a pair which flew around for a while.  And even higher in the sky, almost seeming to disappear into the clouds were a pair of Buzzards.

Moving on up the lane gave us a splendid view over the distant hills as well as Principality House and the Great Glasshouse.  And on the ground the fields of Red Clover promised good grazing for the Sheep and Cattle.  Time to wonder whether we would ever see Skylarks or hear the sound of the Yellow Hammer –  we did hear lots of Chaffinches, Sparrows, Great Tits as well as a Raven, Chiffchaff and Jan thought she heard a Blackcap.

On the way back to the farm we came across a couple of Beetles.  Amazing how large some can appear given the right circumstances.[nggallery id = 547]

Thanks to John for his photos and Huw for spending his valuable time with us. If any volunteer or member is interested in joining us please  send an email to Colin Miles  – you DON’T have to be an expert in anything, just interested.   If you click on any of the images in these blogs, or anywhere else you will see a larger picture. And if you click on the Wildlife Walks heading on the left-hand side under News you will see a list of the last 10 Wildlife Survey blogs.

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