Showing posts from February, 2016

More Pembrokeshire Wildlife

Whilst in Wales there were a quite a lot of species that we saw outside of our walk down the South Beach, in numerous places across Pembrokeshire.

One of the most successful of these places was Stackpole, a National Trust area along the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path, known particularly for its clifftop views and populations of woodland birds, like goldcrest and chiffchaff, as well as coastal birds like chough and fulmar. Stackpole is also home to the largest colony of greater horseshoe bats in Wales, living in woodland and barns across the estate. The clifftop views were particularly amazing, and we had picked a great day to go; the sun was out and there was hardly a cloud in the sky. 

In one of the bays on the way round the cliffs, we came across our second eggcase of the trip. This eggcase was visibly different to the smallspotted catshark eggcase we had found in Tenby, so was from a different species. After taking a few photos, we identified it as the eggcase of a spotted ray (raja mont…

Wildlife at the Coast

You may remember that this time last year I put up a blog about Tenby's South Beach, and the coastal birds and washed up animals that we came across on our walk. This year we went back again to see what else we could find.

It was very windy by the time we set off, and we didn't see very much until we got around half way down the beach. The first bird we saw, except for numerous gulls, was a lone Sanderling running along the water's edge, picking around in sand to see what food the sea may have thrown up. We soon realised that there was a small group of them, as well as a small flock of Ringed Plover which, looking back, was exactly what we saw last year!

We continued on, walking very close to the sea, until we found something interesting. A mermaid's purse. It had literally only just been brought up onto the beach by the sea, and so wasn't dehydrated. It turns out this eggcase was in fact that of the Smallspotted Catshark, also known as the Lesser Spotted Dogfish. I …

Bittern at WWT London Wetland Centre

One of the highlights at the WWT London Wetland Centre in the winter months is surely the Bittern. The Bittern return to the centre every winter, and it seems that this winter was no exception, so we headed down to see if we could catch a glimpse.

We tried first at the Peacock Tower to no avail. We were too far from the patches of reed to get a good enough look. So, after waiting for a short while, we crossed the centre to the other side. The next, two storey hide offered a much better, more detailed views of the reeds. There were other people in the hide taking pictures of something, and it didn't take long to see what. A lone Bittern was stalking around in the reeds. 

A surprising treat for such a short visit to the centre. If you have the chance, I would certainly recommend stopping by to catch a glimpse for yourself!