Natur Cymru does not have a formal presence at the Royal Welsh this year, but Kate and I will be on the Wildlife Trusts stand all four days and I'll be delighted to meet any subscribers and even recruit a few new ones! I'll have a few recent back numbers to sell.
On the Trusts stand you'll be able to see a story-telling chair, kindly donated by Sylvantutch who operate from the craft centre at Corris near Machynlleth. A week or two ago Kate and I took the chair down from North Wales to the reserve at Gilfach, just north of Rhayader. The picture shows Susie from the Radnor Wildlife Trust putting the chair to good use, an hour after it arrived there. We also called in at the kite feeding station at Gigrin, a few miles away, to leave a Natur Cymru display stand.
On the way back up to North Wales we visited the Mont WT reserve at Dolydd Hafren, on the Severn near Montgomery. Access is easy.......once you've found the small carpark! Butterflies were superb along the field margins as we walked to the hides, and the view over the Severn is really remarkable, with cattle in the water-meadows and even in the river. Reed buntings, reed warblers, sand martins and a common sandpiper, but we couldn't spot the little ringed plovers which breed on the shingle there. Brayton Holt gives an excellent account of Dolydd Hafren in Natur Cymru #22. It is one of the hidden jewels of the Wildlife Trusts in Wales (no shortage of those!).
Earlier this week I was able to pop in to another Mont WT reserve on the far side of Wales, to see the ospreys at Cors Dyfi. The three young seemed well-fed and not very interested in a flounder the parents had brought in. Do call in if you are passing, it's right beside the A487 and a couple of miles from the RSPB reserve at Ynys-hir (heard of that?). All the latest news about the Dyfi ospreys can be found via a link on http://www.montwt.co.uk/