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  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Lake Vyrnwy Recent Sightings 17th -23rd May 2014

    Hi, The dawn chorus is one of Britain’s greatest natural wonders, this week we set our alarm clocks early and headed out with visitors to experience the Vyrnwy chorus. The group weren’t left disappointed as hundreds of woodland birds filled the air with music on what turned out to be a...
  • Blog Post: Lake Vyrnwy Recent Sightings 10th -16th May 2014

    Hi, It was a flower which stole the show at Vyrnwy this week. Bluebells looked truly stunning, turning whole hillsides blue as the display reached near peak. A range of other spring blooms added splashes of colour along the hedgerows and woodland edge including, Red Campion, Herb Robert, Yellow Pimpernel...
  • Blog Post: Lake Vyrnwy Recent Sightings 3rd -9th May 2014

    Hi, Sighting of the week has to go to Vyrnwy’s second ever Great White Egret found by a visitor to the reserve (6 th ). The cracking adult in full breeding attire stayed for two days showing from both the Centenary and Lakeside Hides. Vyrnwy's second ever Great White Egret took the...
  • Blog Post: Lake Vyrnwy Recent Sightings 26th April-2nd May 2014

    Hi, Spring has finally taken a firm grasp on the reserve with Bluebells and Greater Stitchwort flowering in the woodlands, Welsh Poppies around buildings and Garlic Mustard along the hedgerows. Robin , Mistle Thrush , Song Thrush and Blackbird are frantically probing the ground for juicy invertebrates...
  • Blog Post: Lake Vyrnwy Recent Sightings 19th-25th April 2014

    Hi, The first Cuckoo of the year was heard singing from the Yellow Trail (21 st ) with singing males also heard from the Purple and Red Trails during the week. The first and only Common Whitethroat was sighted on the Red Trail (25 th ) whilst Wood Warbler (first returning bird 22nd) tallied 3 males...
  • Blog Post: Lake Vyrnwy Recent Sightings 12th-18th April 2014

    Hi, In a week dominated by glorious sunshine and blue skies the wildlife excelled itself with the arrival of Pied Flycatchers being my personal highlight. The first flycatchers were sighted from the Centenary Hide on 13 th April and as the week progressed could also be found on the Yellow and Blue...
  • Blog Post: Lake Vyrnwy Recent Sightings 31st March- 11th April 2014

    Hi, After late March’s large Chiffchaff arrival spring bird migration slowed through the first week of April and with fog and rain dominating this probably wasn’t too big a surprise. The conservation team are a committed bunch however and whilst out and about on the reserve managed to...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings March 2014

    Hello my name is Adam and I’m one of two interns who have joined the team at RSPB Lake Vyrnwy for the next six months. Since starting our role on the reserve me and Tom, the other intern, have managed to see 71 bird species and the main focus of today’s blog is to update you with our wildlife...
  • Blog Post: Facebook re-structure!

    You’ve probably all noticed that we’re closing down our Lake Vyrnwy and Ynys Hir facebook pages and we have set up a new ‘RSPB Mid Wales’ page. We understand that some of you will be disappointed to see these pages go. Here are some questions that you might have about all...
  • Blog Post: A day or two in the life of our new Interns, Tom and Gethin

    Autumn is a stunning season and Lake Vyrnwy has been looking spectacular over the past few weeks. The deep chestnut colour of the beech leaves reflecting on the still waters of the lake, combined with beautiful light has made it a photographer’s dream. A lot of our time recently has been taken...
  • Media: Sunset over the lake

    Taken from the terrace of the Tower Tavern, Lake Vyrnwy Hotel