Wow! What an amazing week we are having here at South Stack! There definitely seems to be a baby boom going on as one of our trusted volunteers, Dave Street, has said he’s seen plenty of Linnets and Stonechats all feeding their young this morning, what a sight that must have been!
We have plenty of breeding birds about and many have decided to join Mr and Mrs Razorbill in laying their eggs, I’m so excited to see them hatching, which should be in about 25-35 days! We have seen lots of last years young scouting out the area, with up to 14 Chough sighted yesterday all dipping and diving through the air, it certainly put a smile on my face for the rest of the day.
Talking of blooming marvelous, South Stack’s very own Spathulate fleawort is starting to bloom! This is a flower that grows no where else in the entire world, now isn’t that worth coming to see? I think so!
That’s all for now folks, but before you go, check out our live webcam at http://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/s/southstackcliffs/webcam.aspx to watch Mr and Mrs Razorbill being very loved up and incubating their egg. If you watch for long enough, you may even notice that the male and female share the incubation duties!
See you soon,
After watching their antics on our webcam over the past few weeks (and often viewing an empty screen) we can now finally report that the stars of our live Internet feed Mr and Mrs razorbills are well on their way to parenthood as Mrs razorbill has now laid her egg.
We will now be waiting in anticipation for their egg to hatch.
You can watch the razorbills for yourself from the comfort of your own home by visiting our website and view the seabird camera.
RSPB Cymru is delighted to announce we have taken over the ownership of the South Stack Kitchen Café! This is something we have been very keen to do for about 20 years now and so we are very happy to finally get this opportunity to provide a Café worthy of its place in this wonderful landscape!
After being told in March we had some money available and as little as 3 weeks to purchase the Café, lots of RSPB Staff worked very hard to ensure we could complete this purchase, and thankfully, we were handed the keys on Friday 9th April. Bright and Early on Monday 12th April, local contractors moved in after a few hours, the Café was an empty shell! This involved filling 2 skip loads of unusable equipment, plaster, fixtures and fittings (I think the builders had a lot of fun demolishing the kitchen and hammering down a wall or two, shame they didn’t leave the toilet doors on for us, now we have to nip down to the public loo’s!) Since then, we’ve had lots of painting going on, industrial cleaners in to get the kitchen *** and span and now we are getting our deliveries in and racing ahead to get you that much needed cup of tea you all deserve after a good walk around the reserve.
We are looking forward to interviewing a good number of local applicants for the catering vacancies this week, who will hopefully have some fantastic ideas to bring you an amazing Café experience.
The final deadline set for opening is the 28th May but were hoping to bring you a lovely new Café experience even sooner!
The RSPB have a fantastic vision for the future at South Stack. We would love to bring you a brand new visitor centre and Café in the next 3-5 years. Over the next year we will be developing plans and ideas, seeking advice and support as widely as we can – and we want to know what you want this centre to do for you, so please talk to any member of our team and let them know what you think. You can contact us by phone 01407 764973 or email us at South.Stack@rspb.org.uk.
Alternatively, why not pop into our Information Centre at Ellins Tower, which is open 7 days a week (10am – 5.30pm) where our staff and volunteers will listen to and collate your thoughts and ideas.
I’m so excited about everything that is happening here at South Stack and I really look forward to hearing all your thoughts! Keep your eyes peeled as we hope to bring you lots of updates and photos of the work being carried out over the next few weeks.