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  • Blog Post: Rediscoveries

    The Lake Vyrnwy reserve is around 10,100 hectares in size which makes the finding and recording of certain species rather difficult, needle in a haystack at times. Given the size, conducting comprehensive surveys of the whole site would be extremely time consuming and therefore surveys of specific habitats...
  • Blog Post: Lake Fernwy

    In our recent RSPB magazine, Natures Home, it stated that 16,000 species have been found on RSPB reserves across the UK. It then breaks it down to the top 10 reserves and also the reserve with the most species of a certain taxonomic group (birds, dragonflies etc.). Lake Vyrnwy turns out to be the RSPB...
  • Blog Post: Mimics and Migrants

    In the last month we have enjoyed some nice warm sunny weather which has given the many invertebrates, from moths to hoverflies, a chance to emerge and not forgetting the midges! This has been great for the breeding birds as they relentlessly forage for food for their hungry chicks including the newly...
  • Blog Post: All about Ffridd

    The past week has been dominated by ffridd surveys. But what is ffridd? Well, ffridd is the Welsh name used to describe the habitat margin between the lowlands of good grazing and the moorland. It is generally slopes dominated with bracken with scattered trees and potentially scattered gorse and heather...
  • Blog Post: Expect the unexpected!

    Remember the question I asked in my blog three weeks ago – Has Spring arrived ? Well, if it had, we seem to have had summer and autumn in the last couple of weeks and already arrived back in winter! A couple more early mornings this week to look for grouse were cold and crisp with the weather turning...
  • Blog Post: A good fall!

    Wednesday (13 April) turned out to be a glorious day and lucky for some people. This year we are carrying out Common Bird Censuses (CBC’s) of all the broad-leaved woodland under our management, which totals around 170ha. The method requires 6 visits to each wood throughout the breeding season from...
  • Blog Post: Has Spring arrived?

    It may be early April but there is still a touch of winter lingering on. April showers consist of hail and snow which isn’t much of a surprise given the temperatures, with the dam in full flow after a night of heavy rain. Despite the cold, signs of Spring have certainly arrived with frogs spawn...
  • Blog Post: Future Secured!

    Recently we have had reason to celebrate and think to the future, as RSPB Cymru and Severn Trent Water have come to an agreement which sees the RSPB take on a long term Farm Business Tenancy lease of Tŷ-Llwyd farm. Full story can be read HERE . View from Yellow Trail looking over Dam towards Ty...
  • Blog Post: Lets have a Chat

    It has been quite a quiet week mainly due to the weather which has now become very wet as well as cold. The lake has certainly been topped up and is again overtopping the dam. However bank holiday Monday was a nice day and there was plenty to see around the reserve on my day off. A walk along the first...
  • Blog Post: Gone a bit cold!

    This week has seen a significant drop in temperature with snow, hail and freezing overnight temperatures experienced. Having had a mostly warm April a lot of wildlife will have been prompted to start breeding, so this sudden cold snap could cause them problems. Eggs could get chilled, adults may struggle...
  • Blog Post: Migrant Arrivals

    From late March the summer migrants start to arrive back at Lake Vyrnwy, often a little later than the surrounding area given its altitude. The first migrant to arrive was the Chiffchaff during the last week in March and can now be heard all around the lake and a Redstart was reported just off the reserve...
  • Blog Post: Lake Vyrnwy Recent Sightings 15th-21st September

    The majority of land managed by the RSPB at Lake Vyrnwy is run as an Organic Farm by the RSPB Farm team. This week saw the 76 th Annual Sheep Sale take place at the farm on Friday. In the past 3 weeks the farmers have had a hectic time rounding up the sheep from the moors and selecting those for the...
  • Blog Post: Lake Vyrnwy Recent Sightings 1st-14th September 2014

    Adam has now migrated to RSPB Ynys-hir, along with fellow intern Tom, to start their second half of the internship. A huge thanks goes to both of them for their hard work throughout the last 6 months. With regards this blog, thanks has to go to Adam for his fantastically informative weekly posts which...
  • Blog Post: Lake Vyrnwy Recent Sightings 24th-29th August 2014

    Hi, In what is to be my final instalment of the sightings blog before migrating down to RSPB Ynys-Hir to continue my internship, I would like to take the opportunity to say a big thankyou to the staff and volunteers who have been a fantastic group to work with during the past six months. Lake Vyrnwy...
  • Blog Post: Lake Vyrnwy Recent Sightings 10th-23rd August 2014

    Hi, A day foraging Otter below the dam was one of headline sightings from this period. The other was of three Redshank at the top end of the lake (Lakeside Hide, 23rd), the birds adding a bit of spice to Lake Vyrnwy’s autumn wader passage which up to then had consisted of two Oystercatchers...
  • Blog Post: Lake Vyrnwy Recent Sightings 3rd-9th August 2014

    Hi, Highlight of the week was a superb Clouded Yellow butterfly seen flying around Llanwddyn (3 rd ), this migrant species arrives into the UK from southern Europe in variable numbers every year and is not a common sight in Montgomeryshire. In fact the whole week turned out to be rather good for butterflies...
  • Blog Post: Lake Vyrnwy Recent Sightings 27th July- 2nd August 2014

    Hi, As we enter the month of August the majority of woodland birds have finished nesting and small passerines have started to form mixed feeding flocks. Catching up with a mixed flock along a hedgerow or in a woodland can be particularly rewarding with resident birds such as Goldcrest , Blue Tit and...
  • Blog Post: Lake Vyrnwy Recent Sightings 20th-26th July 2014

    Hi, Top sighting this week was a flyover Yellow Wagtail from the Red Trail (23 rd ), this summer migrant usually inhabits lowland agricultural fields with the nearest known local population located towards Welshpool. Another highlight this week was an Osprey which flew down the lake (23 rd ). The...
  • Blog Post: Lake Vyrnwy Recent Sightings 13th-19th July 2014

    Hi, As temperatures soared on the reserve so did the number of flying invertebrates. Black Darter and Emerald Damselfly were recorded for the first time this year whilst Four-spotted Chaser , Common Hawker , Emperor Dragonfly , Brown Hawker and Golden-ringed Dragonfly could also be sighted along the...
  • Blog Post: Lake Vyrnwy Recent Sightings 6th-12th July 2014

    Hi, The fine and relatively dry weather continued this week resulting in a further reduction in height of the lake’s water levels. Unfortunately this looks to have put an end to the Great Crested Grebe’s nesting attempt for the time being. On the flip side the Centenary Hide saw an increase...
  • Blog Post: Lake Vyrnwy Recent Sightings 28th June-5th July 2014

    The fields glisten as the suns early morning rays strike the dew, the watery cloak only missing around the sheep highway. The wheezy coo of a Wood Pigeon travels from the forest edge meanwhile a Song Thrush tilts its head and focuses on a surfacing earthworm , striking and obtaining the first food parcel...
  • Blog Post: Lake Vyrnwy Recent Sightings 21st-27th June 2014

    Hi, Another week of mostly fine weather resulted in good butterfly and dragonfly numbers which included a new addition to the reserve list in the form of Keeled Skimmer . Common Hawker , Broad-bodied Chaser and Banded Demoiselle were recorded for the first time this year. A fresh emergence of Red...
  • Blog Post: Lake Vyrnwy Recent Sightings 14th-20th June 2014

    Hi, Blue skies and warm sunshine are always in a recipe for a good day to be out and about however if you add a large splash of Common Scoter and a drop(in) of Osprey then your day’s rating goes from good to absolutely brilliant. That’s exactly what happened on the 19 th June when an Osprey...
  • Blog Post: Lake Vyrnwy Recent Sightings 31st May -13th June 2014

    Hi, A baby bird bonanza hit the reserve with fledged chicks visible and very audible throughout. Most numerous were the tit species with families of Blue , Great and Coal Tit in the deciduous woodland. Interestingly the number of Blue and Great Tit nests in the reserve boxes has more than doubled...
  • Blog Post: Lake Vyrnwy Recent Sightings 24th -30th May 2014

    Hi, As we approach late spring the trees are now in full leaf and breeding passerine birds are frantically gleaning insects from vegetation to feed their avid offspring. One set of parents in particular, the Sculpture Park Great Spotted Woodpeckers , have been very busy as their noisy chicks reached...