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Dim llawer i fynd nes y byddwn ni'n barod i ddathlu mec-ofyr ein gwarchodfa! Chi am ddod i ddathlu gyda ni?!
Mae hi mor anodd credu fod Cysylltiadau Conwy bron ar ben. Mae’n teimlo fel ddoe pan roeddem yn croesawu'r digar bach cyntaf i’r safle...mae 9 mis wedi mynd ers hynny!
A dyma ni bellach, yn cyfri’r diwrnodau nes Diwrnod Darganfod RSPB Conwy!
Ar ddydd Sadwrn, 31 Awst, byddwn yn agor ein drysau i bawb i ddod i fwynhau’r warchodfa a darganfod y safle a’r adnoddau newydd ar eu gorau. Dewch â’ch ffrindiau a’r teulu oll gyda chi ac ymunwch gyda ni mewn diwrnod gwych, llawn gweithgareddau hwyliog.
Be well ar gyfer darfod gwyliau ysgol?!
Not long to go now before we'll be celebrating our reserve's amazing makeover! Are you coming to celebrate with us?!
It's almost too good to believe that Conwy Connections is nearly complete. It felt like yesterday when we welcomed the first digger onto the site....that was 9 months ago!
And here we are now, counting down the days until RSPB Conwy Discovery Day!
On Saturday 31st August, we'll be opening our doors for everyone to come to enjoy the reserve and discover the site and it’s new facilities, in all it's glory. Bring your friends and family and join us for a fantastic day, full of fun activities.
A perfect way to end your summer holiday!
4375.RSPB Conwy Discovery Day Poster FINAL lo res.pdf
Autumn migration is in full swing now, with the lagoons full of waders busily feeding away. Managing freshwater areas for waders is a bit of a juggling act - we need to have high water levels during the breeding season to ensure that it's hard for ground predators like foxes and stoats to get out to the islands and raid the nests, but as soon as migration starts we need to drop the levels and keep on gradually dropping them, as the ideal is to expose fresh areas of wet mud suitable for feeding migrant waders each week. Not easy for us when we have no real water level control mechanisms (but plans are afoot to change this in the future!), but the levels are looking great at the moment, and continuing to drop gradually. And the results show just how good this is for the birds, with a great variety of waders stopping off to feed on their way further south.
Over the last couple of weeks we've played host to 80+ dunlin, up to 21 black-tailed godwits, 12 common sandpiper, 8 green sandpiper, 3 whimbrel, 3 knot, 2 greenshank, 3 turnstone (unusual for us on the lagoons), and 3 little ringed plovers. Less usual sightings were a curlew sandpiper on 4 and 5 August, and a little stint between 2 and 5 August. It was wonderful to see most of these birds actively feeding, rather than just roosting, on the lagoons, and the views of feeding waders have been particularly good from the Coffee Shop.
Little stint by Dave Williams
In the next couple of weeks we'll be out doing our annual benthic invertebrate monitoring, to find out just what the birds are feeding on. We take core mud samples from throughout both lagoons, sieve the sediment out and then analyse what bugs and beasties we find. We are particularly interested in working out the quantities of chironomid (non-biting midge) larvae, a major food item for waders - by counting them and measuring their length we can find out exactly what densities of nutrient-packed food our mud contains. Judging by the active feeding of the dunlin on the Shallow Lagoon in the last few weeks though, hopefully we'll be in for a pleasant surprise!
We needed some rain. Although we didn't get a deluge last night (less than 1 cm), it was enough to freshen up the reserve after more than three weeks with barely a drop. At the start of last week, we started to pump water from the Deep Lagoon into the Shallow Lagoon. We're not aiming to fill it, simply to stop it from falling any further. The current levels are just about what we want if we are to provide a crucial home for wading birds as they head south from the Arctic to west Africa. They need to eat, and for that they need wet, muddy edges.
Light rain at night during mid to late summer brings waders down to feed. This morning, there's a been a nice variety of waders on the lagoons: star birds are three summer-plumage knots among the redshanks, but there are also a couple of dozen black-tailed godwits and up to 30 dunlins, most also in summer plumage. The godwits look stunning, as this photo by Dave Williams on our Flickr page shows. A green sandpiper is a good bird to pick out from the several common sandpipers on the deep lagoon, while up to half a dozen snipe feed in the reedy margins of the shallow lagoon, and the occasional whimbrel can be found among the curlews. Look out, too, for a single male pochard among the mallards and tufted ducks that spend much of the day asleep on the deep lagoon. There are lots of juvenile shelducks, youngsters that are fully independent and have been left here while their parents leave the area to moult their feathers.
The great crested grebes still have three chicks, now a month old, and almost as big as the two little grebes that have returned here for the autumn. The new Vardre Viewpoint, off the Ganol Trail, is proving to be a great place to get views of the grebes and waders. The Ganol Trail is also a nice sheltered spot to see butterflies, with lots of gatekeepers and meadow browns this week, plus a few ringlets, red admirals and common blues, and a welcome increase in small tortoiseshell sightings after a poor summer in 2012. Keep an eye open for six-spot burnet moths, a day-flying species, and common darter dragonflies which are around the reserve this week.
Other highlights this week include common tern (today), stock doves (on several days, unusual here), turnstone (Thursday 25th) and little ringed plovers on several dates. Stoats have been seen sporadically, and our CreatureQuest at the weekend included three bat species (noctule, common pipistrelle and soprano pipistrelle), wood mouse and short-tailed field vole.