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  • Blog Post: Wildlife Explorer Blog : pond life

    Two years ago the wildlife explorers made a wildlife pond. On the February meeting this year the wildlife explorers did pond dipping in it for the first time. The pond was teaming with life. We found loads of little critters swimming around. This is a good sign of the pond being clean and a good habitat...
  • Blog Post: Breaking news....there's a duck in front of the Coffee Shop!

    Finally, the effects of the drought seem to be easing off. The water levels on the lagoons have started to creep up at last after a few weeks of rain and some days when we have been able to pump water from the Afon Ganol. We have a very long way to go yet, but the work we carried out in front of the...
  • Blog Post: Busy times at Conwy!

    It’s going to be a really busy fortnight for work here on the reserve, so unfortunately there may be a wee bit of disruption for a while. Swapshop: the floor of the Visitor Centre is being replaced, and we’re taking the opportunity to refurbish the reception area and some parts of the...
  • Blog Post: Christmas and New Year Sightings

    The Firecrests have been seen almost daily over the festive period with three together on the 22 nd of December. One of the Chiffchaffs has been seen almost daily too. A second Yellowhammer of the year turned up on the 22 nd calling on the top of a bramble bush, along the Ganol trail. 2 Grey Wagtails...
  • Blog Post: Conwy Lagoon Service Station

    Autumn migration here on the reserve is still in full swing, with each day seeing a different suite of waders feeding up on the lagoons before they leave us and head off further south. The grey phalarope stayed with us until 26 September, and was seen busily picking insects from the surface of the water...
  • Blog Post: I've seen a green sandpiper. That makes it officially autumn!

    Every time I've said that so far, I've been moaned at. "But what happened to summer?" Of course, birds don't really do summer. They do arriving, singing (normally males only), egg laying (always females only!), brooding, chick feeding, moulting and - in the case of migrants ...
  • Blog Post: First for the Reserve - Yellow-browed Warbler

    Highlight of the week was a Yellow-browed Warbler that turned up on the 28 th . This visitor from Siberia is a first for the reserve. It disappeared on the 29 th in the windy conditions but re-appeared in the same place with a Firecrest the following day. Then on the December 1 st two Firecrests were...
  • Blog Post: Scoter turns up for the WeBS count

    One of our birds of the week was a drake Common Scoter that turned during the Low-tide Wetland Bird Survey. It looked tired as it sat on the far bank from the Carneddau hide. Other ducks seen on the low-tide count included a drake Goldeneye, 4 Shoveler , Pochard , Gadwall , 3 Shelduck , 76 Teal ,...
  • Blog Post: Easter surprises

    It's a great time of year to get outside and enjoy the weather - just as lots of families are doing here right now on our Easter Egg hunt! As they go round the reserve this morning, they'll hear the rasping songs of sedge and reed warblers , along with the mellow tunes of the many blackcaps and...
  • Blog Post: Patience is rewarded

    March can be a frustrating month. The buds on the willows, the nodding daffodils on the roadside verges and the first cloud of midges are telling you that it's spring, but while every day you expect to see a summer migrant, your hopes are dashed on the rocks of a northwesterly airflow or low pressure...
  • Blog Post: Good weather for orchids

    It's proving to be a great year for orchids on the reserve. The bee orchid count has topped 50 plants, and they're appearing in lots of places that we've never previously seen them - including by the bike rack next to the Visitor Centre. They have usually faded by now, but they look like...
  • Blog Post: It's not just birds - as we discovered

    Last weekend was our first ever Bioblitz, a 24 hour audit of the wildlife on the reserve. It's only a snapshot, of course, but we had lots of experts assisted by hundreds of eyes and ears. There's still plenty of data to be added to the total, as several plants and insects were taken for later...
  • Blog Post: 400 teal and a vacancy

    The weather's been a bit grim here this week, but in between the rainstorms, people have got out and about on the reserve. Bullfinches have been especially showy, with several little groups, perhaps amounting to a dozen birds in total. Three golden plovers have joined the lapwing flock, which itself...
  • Blog Post: Fluffy chick time

    The strong winds this week brought an abrupt halt to migration, but it was waning anyway (and, dare we mention, that it'll only be a few weeks before autumn migration begins?). So, this week we've been looking out for young birds. We've got at least two broods of lapwings and a brood of oystercatchers...
  • Blog Post: Great shows from the beardies

    Our two young bearded tits can sometimes be hard to see, but some days this week they've been real show-offs. Standing on the bridge across the pond, you can sometimes see them feeding on insects at the base of the reedstems, but a few times this week they've been photographed and videoed perched...
  • Blog Post: November 4th-9th Sightings

    3 Whooper Swans dropped in on the 6 th. Our first Shelducks have starting arriving back from their wintering grounds along with a Pochard , Tufted Duck and a pair of Goldeneye 8 th . Our highest Wigeon count was 195 on the 7 th . Goosanders have been seen on and off on the estuary, with a pair together...
  • 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...