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The Celtic Rain Forest RSPB Gwenffrwd-Dinas

Common Redstart (Male) One of the most unique and incredible places to birdwatch in Wales has to be RSPB Gwenffrwd-Dinas (Dinas) The reserve is situated around a hill named "Dinas" in mid-wales a few miles outside the town of Llandovery. The hill ( I can't help but call it a mountain) which is 331 meters high has steep slopes that are covered in predominantly Atlantic Oak and Alder Trees and other areas covered in scrubland. I did some research about Atlantic Rainforests and according to the Woodland Trust , this type of habitat is found in places that have high rainfall but with low variation in temperature throughout the year. I have been visiting Dinas with my three amigo friends for the last couple of years and I must admit it is one of the only places that I have been to that has thousands of Oak trees densely packed around a mountain like this. When I walk into the woodland I imagine I am in something out of J R Tolkiens Lord of The Rings. It really is magical. Din

And along came an Otter

Had another evening sat in my hide waiting for the Kingfishers. Was graced with several visits but no fishing tonight. They seemed quite territorial and skittish.

Whilst packing up my kit was amazed to see an Otter a short distance away up river oblivious to me busy fishing and porpoising.

Must admit the light was fading and I have much to learn with low light camera settings but did the best I could. Great experience and am privileged to enjoy the experience.


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