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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

Spotted Flycatcher

I spent the afternoon watching Spotted Flycatchers in my local wood. They appear to have fared well this year and just in one spot there was at least 5 or 6 of them vying for position on a number of sunny perches.

They are quite drab in colour but when you watch them they are really elegant birds. Amazingly fast and agile they shoot off from their perches and pluck an insect out of the sky and then often return to the same perch over and over again.

Spotted Flycatchers are migrants from Africa and they should be heading back to warmer weather in September.


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