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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

My first twitching experience - the Common Rock Thrush at Pwll Du.

Today was my first twitching experience and it all happened practically on my own doorstep. Gwent has had a super rare visitor for the last two weeks. A Common Rock Thrush ( Monticola saxatilis).

It seems that the consensus of opinion has concluded its juvenile male that has got well and truly lost on its migration to Africa. Some how it needs to find its way to the Sahara fly across it and winter in a nice hot location towards South Africa!

Some may think Pwll Du , Blaenavon must be giving it quite a shock but the bird lives in the summer in upland mountainous regions in Europe so it may be able to cope for a short time.

I hope it stocks up on some food and then when there is a break in the stormy weather it continues its journey to warmer Africa.

I have never seen so many birders today in Pwll ddu. I am normally used to just my own company and seeing the occasional person walking a dog. There was a small army of twitchers who had gathered from all four corners of the UK - unbelievable.


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