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Friday, 7 February 2014
Anglesey AONB Winter Bird Watch
February is a date to put in your diary if you would like to see the spectacle
of winter birds on Anglesey. This time last year 100 different bird species
were recorded on the day of the event plus bottlenose dolphins and otters. I
went along to meet Lowri Hughes (the organiser) and Ben Stammers (one of the
bird experts) for a preview of what might be on show at Cemlyn, one of the many
sites to be surveyed on the day.
Lowri and Ben on the shingle ridge at Cemlyn
Rather than try
to repeat Ben’s descriptions and the overall
atmosphere you can hear what’s on offer on this Sunday’s Country Focus on Radio
Wales. This programme is now available as a podcast for 30 days after
broadcast. Click here for details of the podcast.
for which Cemlyn is most famous are not due to arrive until mid March, which is
just as well because the islands in the lagoon, where they nest, are currently
submerged. Between now and mid March Ben
and members of the North Wales Wildlife Trust will regulate the flow of water
to make sure there is sufficient island nesting space.
If you would
like to take part please make contact with Lowri on 01248 752 446 or by email
The plan is
for everyone to meet at Penrhos Coastal Park car park at 8.15am to split into different
groups, then once the day’s bird watching has been completed, everyone will
meet back at Caffi’r Parc at Breakwater Country Park for some food and a chat about
the days sightings at around 4.15pm.