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  • Blog Post: Display Time

    On the 28 th 7 Buzzards were soaring together over the reserve car park, with more birds displaying over the local woods. The male Kestrel is still around the reserve. The female Sparrowhawk is being seen more often, especially in the evenings. The Peregrine caught a Black-headed Gull on the estuary...
  • Blog Post: Signs of spring

    Are you a list person? Lots of nature enthusiasts keep lists. Lists of birds you've seen, in a day, in a year, at a local patch, on holiday. I've even heard of someone who keeps a list of birds they've seen from the smallest room. In the summer, I always keep a list of dragonflies and butterflies...
  • Blog Post: Watch out for the dragons!

    Finally, something that feels like summer. Days when you don't have to wear a fleece, waterproofs or wellies. Days when your walk is full of colourful insects and flowers. Days to get outside even if Taekwondo or BMX racing is on the tv (three cheers for North Wales gold medallist Jade Jones, by...
  • Blog Post: The first redwings say winter's coming

    There's a real feel of autumn in the air this morning - a few more pochards on the lagoon (well, five), the first redwings of the winter leaving their roost site in the berry bushes, and I even dug out my woolly hat. Best bird of the last couple of days has been a grey plover on the estuary, still...
  • Blog Post: Snow news is bad news...

    ...especially if you're a small bird, so keep those feeders topped up and if you have some leftover fruit, the thrushes will thank you. Our birds are certainly thanking us for the fruit provided by Tatws Trading and the local branch of Tesco as it's about the only grub not under a blanket of...
  • Blog Post: Springing into Life

    After last week's rush of scarce migrants, the weather returned to the east and it's the breeding birds that have taken centre stage. There are at least five lapwings sitting on eggs, the little ringed plovers have been sitting too, and the house sparrows in the nestbox are growing fast and should...
  • Blog Post: It's all kicking off...

    Diggers Things have really started to get busy for our Conwy Connections project this week, as you'll notice if you visit - there are a lot of big yellow 'toys' beetling up and down the field outside the Visitor Centre. For a quick recap of the project, see our earlier blog and Bulletin....
  • Blog Post: Mud, mud, glorious mud!

    Okay, so perhaps the digger wasn't meant to get quite so stuck in to the challenge of creating some new habitat in the dried-up lagoon. But we soon dug him out and this work has now been completed. Now all we need is some proper rain to turn the hillocks of mud into proper islands (though a female...
  • Blog Post: Life returns to the lagoons

    Photo by RSPB Images The lagoons finally thawed last weekend, and the wildfowl have made a welcome return. Numbers of teal and wigeon haven't yet recovered to pre-Big Freeze levels, but shoveller , gadwall and red-breasted mergansers are back on the lagoons, and the 6 goldeneyes we've been...
  • Blog Post: Youngsters on the move

    The last couple of weeks have seen a great variety of birds here, and even brought us a new species for the reserve, a juvenile pied flycatcher , found by ex-Site Manager Alan Davies. They breed not too far away from us, up at Pensychnant on the edge of Conwy Mountain, so it's perhaps surprising...
  • Blog Post: A rare sighting at Conwy

    This week has seen the return of a rare and elusive spectacle at Conwy.......water in front of the Coffee Shop! After torrential rain last night, we were finally able to see an increase in the water levels on the reserve after months of the water continuously receding. I suspected that struggling to...
  • Blog Post: Footprints in the snow

    A week of lying snow means that we get to see the journeys made by birds and mammals on the reserve. It's amazing to see where things get to, especially across the middle of the lagoons! Both our waterbodies are still frozen solid, so all the waterbird action is on the estuary, with more than 100...
  • Blog Post: Revealed: what we're going to call our House of Straw

    The latest part of our Conwy Connections project has really started to shape-up this week. And now we can reveal what we're going to call the new building that will soon grow next to the Coffee Shop. This week has seen a load of steel work arrive on site. The only steel in the finished building...
  • Blog Post: Firecrest puts on a good show

    The 2 Firecrest’s have been showing well on and off this week in the bushes towards the end of the back-track. They have been showing with two Chiffchaffs . The crests showed particularly well on the 14 th calling and fly-catching high in the willows. The Yellow-browed Warbler was last seen on...
  • Blog Post: The water's creeping back

    What with all the rain we had in the past week, and with some maintenance work we carried out on the valves on our water pumping system, we're finally beginning to see the water levels on the Shallow Lagoon rise. An increase of 14cm in six days may not sound all that much, but it's certainly...
  • Blog Post: A red start to the morning

    The last few days have provided perfect autumn moments - calm mornings, the bushes bursting with berries and full of small birds. At least two redstarts (one a smart male) have been around through the weekend, between the wildlife garden and the Carneddau Hide. They're taking a break on their migration...
  • Blog Post: Waders Movement

    Waders are starting to move north in greater numbers this week. The WeBS high tide count and general sightings recorded high counts of 95 Dunlin , 13 Ringed Plover , 30 Knot , 18 Black-tailed Godwits , 117 Curlew , 25 Oystercatcher , 200+ Lapwing , 12 Snipe and 56 Redshank . High waterfowl counts...
  • Blog Post: Making the most of the sunshine

    We did our Big Butterfly Count in yesterday's sunshine, noting speckled woods , red admirals , small white and commas , and we spotted cinnabar moths , emperor dragonfly and common hawker too. It's a great way to spend 15 minutes of a warm day, and contribute your sightings to a 'citizen...
  • Blog Post: Our Letter to Winter

    Dear Winter Please go away. There have been swallows and wheatears in North Wales this week (though not at Conwy yet), and they'll be unimpressed with more sleet, wind and rain. You haven't managed to cool the ardour of the mute swans , which are busy testing out potential nest sites on...
  • Blog Post: One Day Binocular and Telescope Day Easter weekend.

    Over the Easter weekend we will be holding a binocular and telescope day on Saturday 30th March. With the Easter break a few weeks away it’s still cold and snowing as I write with just a few signs of spring starting to show. People are starting to make enquires about new binoculars and scopes in...
  • Blog Post: ´╗┐Feels very much like autumn now.....

    The rain is pouring down as I write this, and it's amazing to think that just a few weeks ago we were sitting in the blazing sunshine sorting through mud samples looking for invertebrates. Each year we take a series of core samples from the mud in each lagoon, wash them carefully through a specialist...
  • Blog Post: The web of life

    These last few weeks have seen amazing aerobatic displays from hundreds of swallows , martins and swifts , zooming past at head height busy feeding up on insects after their long journey back from Africa. The one benefit of all this rain is that at least it makes the displays even more spectacular -...
  • Blog Post: Trails news - and some wildlife news too

    Trail news This week, we've started work to upgrade another section of our trails to make them more wheelchair and pushchair-friendly, and to reduce the puddles following heavy rain. We've started on the section to Tal-y-fan Hide, which is now open, and where you've traditionally required...
  • Blog Post: The dragons fly

    Two days of sunshine over the bank holiday weekend and the true sign of summer: dragonflies are emerging from our ponds. Yesterday we saw blue-tailed damselfly and broad-bodied chaser on the reserve, and the encouraging news is that these appear to have hatched from the Briar Pond (between the bridge...
  • Blog Post: It's just like Spring. Watch!

    Walk round the reserve at the moment and you'll find lots of busy birds. Three common sandpipers are busy duffing each other up in a tussle for territory on the shallow lagoon; the first young blackcaps , robins and blackbirds are making their way in the world; whitethroats , sedge warblers and reed...