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  • Blog Post: Peacocks, coltsfoot and chiffchaffs - the weird winter continues

    We've no idea where January went! We've been busy on the reserve, planning our events for this year, making some alterations to the kitchen in the Coffee Shop, cutting back bramble along the trails and creating new micro-habitats, and installing solar PV panels on the roof of the Visitor Centre...
  • Blog Post: New year, new birds and a new offer for schools in North Wales

    Is it boring to start with the subject of rain? Today is our 60th consecutive day of rain at the reserve - the last dry day here was 11 November! Some of the paths are now pretty wet, and we recommend wellies or walking boots over the next few days. But there is snow on the peaks of the Carneddau mountains...
  • Blog Post: Higher water levels brings us a wisp of snipe

    Thankfully, the Conwy Valley flooding hasn't affected the reserve, except that it's created some new ponds where we didn't have them before. The levels in the lagoons are rising back towards where we want them to be for the forthcoming nesting season, and this has pushed feeding snipe from...
  • Blog Post: Good times for ducks

    Will it ever stop raining? The last 24-hour period we had without rain was 11 November, and today has been another day of wind and rain. It doesn't encourage you to get out and see wildlife, so well done to those who have donned their waterproofs and gone for a walk. On the upside, the weather has...
  • Blog Post: One swan doesn't make a winter

    Although it feels more wintry feeling around the reserve today. with no frost (yet!) a few summer flowers continue to bloom, and there are still midges and wasps around. A flock of around 20 siskins are regular in the alders near the Tal-y-fan Hide, and a smart lesser redpoll was busily feeding on the...
  • Blog Post: Raining firecrests

    OK, so perhaps an exaggeration, but in a week that several places in North Wales had multiple firecrests , the reserve took its share with at least five at one time (on Saturday 31st). There were still two this morning (Friday 6th), so who knows how many have passed through? Some may stay for the winter...
  • Blog Post: The week the Lepelaar visited

    The biggest surprise of the week was the appearance of three spoonbills on Sunday; after commuting up and down the estuary for a few hours, they quickly settled on the Deep Lagoon and fed hungrily. The three stayed until Wednesday morning, when they headed west, being reported over the RSPB's Malltraeth...
  • Blog Post: Creating a home for waders

    We got busy with the digger last week and reprofiled the islands in front of the Carneddau Hide. It has created lots more shoreline habitat for waders, and denuded them of vegetation that was deterring birds from using them. It's also really opened up the views, both across the islands and more widely...
  • Blog Post: Equinox, and winter beckons

    The Autumn Equinox has passed, so nights are slightly longer than days. The nights are cooler, leaves turn from green to red and yellow, and there are fewer insects to be found. It will be October soon, and our summer visitors are racing south, heading to Africa before the northern food supply runs out...
  • Blog Post: Racing around Conwy

    I'm Rhianna Braden, I'm 14 years old and I am currently volunteering at RSPB Conwy as part of my Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award. I will be blogging about some of the reserve's events, such as the Wildlife Explorers Group that meets monthly at the reserve. Wildlife Explorers is the junior...
  • Blog Post: We love mud!

    Firstly, a few words about our water. Every year, during the summer, the water in the lagoons drops as a result of evaporation (the sun and the wind) and transpiration (the reeds that grow in the water). Each day (without rain) through the summer, the water level drops by 1cm. This is replaced only by...
  • Blog Post: A murmuration of swallows?

    Today is the last day of the meteorological Summer, but for many of our visiting birds, Autumn is always well underway. Swallows are gathering at the reserve each evening, finding a safe roost in our reedbeds before they continue their journey south. Watch Ian Collier's short video taken here last...
  • Blog Post: It looks a bit ruff

    Late August is an 'anything can happen' time, as both songbirds and waders drop in to rest and feed up as they travel from north to south, on their global journey, for which our geo-political boundaries mean little. Their home at Conwy may only be for a few days, but it's just as important...
  • Blog Post: Conwy is buzzing

    It's starting to feel a bit like autumn, isn't it? Sunrise is that bit later, it's getting dark by 9.30pm, and there's a dew on the grass in the mornings. Birds know that it's autumn too, and that's a time of change. Some mornings this week, there have been lots of small birds...
  • Blog Post: Name that moth in five (or six)

    One of the highlights of a walk round the reserve trails at the moment is the sight of little red-and-black 'bombers' zipping from flower to flower. They love the ragwort , thistles and teasels , but what are they? Most are burnet moths , and we have three types here: six-spot , five-spot and...
  • Blog Post: Where does the water go?

    It's that time of year when we need to explain about the water levels in the lagoon outside the Coffee Shop. During the winter, we take advantage of the rain (it sometimes does that in Wales) to fill the lagoon. We rely on rain that falls directly into the lagoons, but can also pump from the Afon...
  • Blog Post: Bob, you look like you've seen a ghost

    The reserve is looking really colourful at the moment. When it's warm, there are lots of butterflies on the wing. We have seen the first gatekeepers this week, numbers of meadow brown have increased and there are lots of red admirals , and a few common blue and speckled woods too. We have also seen...
  • Blog Post: Some like it hot

    Conwy bathed in the sunshine this week, and in the news that it is the most beautiful place in the UK , and one of the best in Europe, according to a poll of tourist officials (but, of course, we knew that already...). Beauties on the reserve this week included some colourful butterflies: several...
  • Blog Post: All the young dudes

    It's a great time of year to be out on the reserve. The ground is a blaze of floral colour, and there are lots of young birds, starting out on a new life. Each morning, more fledglings leave their nests, and take their first flights. After a few days, they're pretty confident and the willow...
  • Blog Post: The colours of Summer

    Twenty-three years ago, when the first warden Dave Elliott, stood on the bare mud that would open to visitors just three years later, could he have imagined what an amazing home for all sorts of nature RSPB Conwy would become? "It looked like the moon," he says, describing the three million...
  • Blog Post: There's a whole lot of nesting going on

    There are birds everywhere: lots rearing chicks, some already fledged, and some parents already sitting on their second clutch of eggs. We were delighted to see a brood of four little grebes here this week, the first here for several years. Tiny little stripy balls of fluff, their dedicated parents...
  • Blog Post: Tiny chicks and tiny eels

    It's been a week of hatchings at the reserve, with our great crested grebes hatching two tiny, stripy chicks from their nest near the Coffee Shop on Monday, swiftly followed by three mute swan cygnets - keep a look out for them on the Shallow Lagoon if you're here this week. The first moorhen...
  • Blog Post: Ne'er cast a clout.......

    It may already be May, and all our summer migrants are in, but the weather seems to think it's winter still most days, and so it seems do some of our birds. A few of our winter visitors are still with us, including 2 male and a female pochard . Small numbers of pochard breed on Anglesey, so maybe...
  • Blog Post: Of birds and bats

    Spring has arrived in a rush, with good numbers of many summer migrants already here. It amazes me how quickly, having made the long journey from sub-Saharan Africa, these tiny birds get straight into the business of nest-building. Last Thursday, for example, I saw the first whitethroat of the year,...
  • Blog Post: The Daily Osprey

    We've had a busy week at Conwy. The glorious sunshine has brought thousands of people to the reserve, getting out and enjoying nature. It has also brought lots of summer migrants to the reserve, and the breeding season has really started to get into full swing. Our great crested grebes have built...