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  • Blog Post: Ynys-hir Recent Sightings 8th-13th December 2014

    Hi, After nearly a month’s absence, the return of 26 Greenland White-Fronted Geese to the reserve was a real highlight this week. The flock sighted on the saltings from Poggles bench (Wetland Trail, 13th) showed well in the winter sunshine. However, where they have been feeding over the past...
  • Blog Post: Ynys-hir Recent Sightings 1st-7th December 2014

    Hi, Finally catching a glimpse of an Ynys-hir otter has to my personal highlight on the reserve this week. The otter, viewed from both the Domen Las and Marian Mawr Hides, was busy foraging on the estuary and successfully caught atleast one big flat fish whilst I was watching, excellent stuff! ...
  • Blog Post: Ynys-hir Recent Sightings 16th-30th November 2014

    Hi, If I were to use one word to describe the last fortnight on the reserve it would be settled. The reserve’s wildlife cast remained relatively similar however with mild and calm conditions dominating it made for some pleasant viewing on the reserve. The suns late autumn glow illuminating...
  • Blog Post: Ynys-hir Recent Sightings 9th-15th November 2014

    Hi, We’ve just had another fantastic week on the reserve with the key sightings being a fine drake Green-winged Teal (Ynys Feurig Hide, daily since its discovery on the 11 th ), two Otter (Domen Las Hide,10 th ) and a big bull Grey Seal (Domen Las Hide, 12 th ). This Green-winged Teal...
  • Blog Post: Ynys-hir Guided Walks

    Hi, We’re offering weekly guided walks every Wednesday morning at ten o’clock. Tom, one of our interns will be pointing out some of the wildlife and explaining about the management work done on the reserve. If you are interested please ring us on: 01654 700222, to book a place. Alternatively...
  • Blog Post: Ynys-hir Recent Sightings 2nd-8th November 2014

    Hi, The spectacle of thousands of wetland birds feeding and roosting on the Breakwater field over high tide has to be one of the main highlights over the past week. With the high tides being over five metres most of the saltmarsh was inundated with seawater pushing the estuary birds over the railway...
  • Blog Post: Pool With A View 2

    Hi, The conservation team have been back out undertaking habitat management around the Marian Mawr pools. On this occasion we were busy cutting back vegetation on the islands, a continuation of work which began last winter. Regular visitors to the reserve will remember the substantial amount of scrub...
  • Blog Post: Ynys-hir Recent Sightings 25th October- 1st November 2014

    Hi, The Dyfi Estuary plays host to the only regular wintering flock of Greenland White-Fronted Geese in the whole of Wales and England, therefore news of our first returning birds, ten on the 28 th October, was a real highlight on the reserve this week. The geese were sighted regularly throughout...
  • Blog Post: Ynys-hir Recent Sightings 11th-24th October 2014

    Hi, Welcome to an eventful fortnightly addition of the sightings blog. With so much going on at this time of year it’s been difficult to pick a highlight, however two daytime sightings of otter, one from Domen Las Hide (20 th ) and one from the Ynys Eidiol viewing screen (23 rd ) is exciting...
  • Blog Post: Pool with a view

    Hi, If you have dropped into the reserve recently you may have spotted the conservation team working around the water bodies in front of the Saltings and Marian Mawr hides. The team have been busy cutting the vegetation around the pool edges in order to open up the vista for feeding wetland birds...
  • Blog Post: Ynys-hir Recent Sightings 4th-10th October 2014

    Hi, A combination of sporadic heavy showers, strong gusts and the month’s highest tides always had the potential to spice things up on the reserve. They certainly did when 3x juvenile Arctic Terns were spotted from the Breakwater Hide (6 th ). The reserve also played host to some late passage...
  • Blog Post: End of Summer Exhibition

    Hi, Becky, our artist in residence has been busy creating some wonderful pieces of work over the last few months. From majestic landscapes to dosing ducks her varied subjects can now be seen on display in the visitor centre, where an assemblage of comfy seats next to a roaring fire could provide you...
  • Blog Post: Ynys-hir Recent Sightings 27th September- 3rd October 2014

    Hi, Flowering ivy and the plethora of insects it attracted was a real highlight on the reserve for me this week. One particular ivy covered tree next to the picnic benches in the carpark was a hive of activity with a quick glance on the 3 rd October producing 9x Red Admiral , 2x Comma butterflies...
  • Blog Post: Ynys-hir Recent Sightings 20th-26th September 2014

    Hi, A Great White Egret first seen from the Domen Las Hide on the 21 st takes the accolade of top sighting this week. The bird roamed widely across the reserve however seemed to favour the saltmarsh for foraging. With any luck the egret may prolong its stay into next week where visitors should look...
  • Blog Post: Ynys-hir Recent Sightings 13th-19th September 2014

    Hi, The run of fantastic weather continued for yet another week, however winter wildfowl continued to filter onto the reserve with Wigeon peaking at 249 (Domen Las Hide, 14th) and Pintail 22 (Domen Las Hide, 17 th ). Teal are now frequent on most of the reserve’s water bodies including birds...
  • Blog Post: Ynys-hir Recent Sightings 6th-12th September 2014

    Hi, Highlight of the week had to be the high tides and the thousands of birds which followed the sea water towards the Breakwater, Saltings and Domen Las Hides. The big high tides also coincide with the monthly WeBS Counts on the reserve, in which every individual wetland bird is recorded, providing...
  • Blog Post: Ynys-hir Recent Sightings 1st-5th September 2014

    Hello, As this is my first blog for Ynys-hir I thought it would probably be best to begin by introducing myself. My name is Adam and I’m one of two conservation interns who have recently migrated down from the uplands of RSPB Lake Vyrnwy . Over the next six months I’m hoping to write regular...
  • Blog Post: Todays sightings

    A count of wildfowl on the reserve today came up with some really interesting totals: 320 mallards, 937 teals, 266 wigeons, 59 pintails, 21 shovellers, 294 barnacle geese, 115 curlews, 134 oystercatchers, three greenshanks, 134 lapwings, two black-tailed godwits and 300 golden plovers. Other birds include...
  • Blog Post: Sp-Ringing into Springwatch

    Springwatch’s third year at Ynys-hir got off to a sunny start yesterday, with warm weather and plenty of ice creams all round. Twenty visitors got up bright and early for the Bird Ringing event, lead by Site Manager Dave Anning. 'The bird ringing event was a huge success,' said Dave...
  • Blog Post: The first week of springwatch

    Well, what a springwatch week it was! Superb photography ranging from underwater filming of pike, close ups of insect life and moles underground. Badgers and foxes, pine martens and boxing male and female hares (as well as jumping mice in the mammal stump). The mini cameras on site have shown a great...
  • Blog Post: What a week!

    Here we are at the end of the first week of Springwatch at Ynys-hir. All I can say is...WOW.. what a week we have had at the reserve. The build up since last summer, when the BBC team had a good old look at the site and said - 'Oh yes, this looks pretty good' - to today, after a week of amazing...
  • Blog Post: Springwatch is almost here!

    With only a few days left before the live shows start, the production village is now complete and the producers and presenters arrived yesterday. Last night, a 'welcome to the community' event was hosted in the mess tent at the production village with good numbers of the local community turning...
  • Blog Post: Another wet day

    In true British bank holiday style, the weather has turned poor here again, with rain yesterday and more rain forecast for the rest of the week. Early nesters, like most of the blue and great tits on the reserve, have fledged their young, but it'll still be difficult for the adults to find enough...
  • Blog Post: Ynys-hir BioBlitz

    From 4pm on Saturday 6 th August to 4pm on Sunday 7 th August 2011 we had a BioBlitz at RSPB Ynys-hir. Experts and novices joined forces to count as many different species as they could on the reserve. It was an exciting 24 hours of events looking for birds, mammals, fungi, moths, insects, plants and...
  • Blog Post: Sad news at Springwatch

    Although not a regular Facebook user, I had a quick look at the BBC Springwatch page this morning and was dismayed to hear of the overnight death of 'runtie', the smallest of the nuthatch chicks. Although I know this happens often in nature it's still sad news. Programmes such as Springwatch...