Very cold here at Ynys-hir (as everywhere in Britain) with ice now starting to form on the river Dyfi. All the pools and the lowland wet grassland are frozen solid and most birds have moved to the salt marsh to find food. The 300 barnacle geese that arrived in October are mainly feeding on the un-frozen edge of the salt marsh and the small flock of Greenland white-fronted geese (48) are also feeding on salt marsh grasses. Birds of prey seem to be managing better with regular peregrine, merlin, hen harrier as well as the more common red kites, buzzards and sparrowhawk. We are keeping the bird feeder outside the Visitor Centre topped up and are eagerly awaiting a thaw; the toilets are unfortunately frozen solid and are out of use but the wood burner in the Visitor Centre is very welcoming after a short walk in the snow.