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Forest Bathing in the Woods of Gwent

  A beautiful Bluebell Wood. This spring I have focused my photography on new areas beyond my usual haunt of Goldcliff Lagoons and have been exploring several wonderful local woods. Life for me is busy at the moment and at times the stresses and strains of life have left me in a real need of opportunities to get outdoors with nature. I am fortunate to have some great woods on my doorstep where I can spend some time "Forest Bathing" to detox and destress from all the hustle and bustle. Spring is one of the best times of the year to visit the woods of Gwent. The woods are full of life. It's like a botanic explosion has occurred with flora and fauna of all kinds coming into life and making an appearance. Walking through the woods is a real sensory experience. The eyes are dazzled with an array of different colours, lots of fresh greens, the whole spectrum of coloured flowers, Yellow celandine, the white of the Anemones, Pinks of the Red Campions, and more yellows from Wild D

A Tor of the Marsh - Ham Wall Bird Watching Trip

I visited the Ham Wall RSPB Nature Reserve on Sunday with three of my birding friends.

What a great place. It is teaming with wildlife and the hides are fantastic.

The reserve is well known for two species in-particular  - Marsh Harriers and Starling murmurations ( It could be argued that there is a long list of other birds that could replace those two I chose).

The Marsh Harriers put on a terrific show and I was fortunate to have better light and more opportunity to get some photographs albeit at a distance of these amazing birds.

The reed beds are full of life and I heard the call of a  Cettis Warbler for the first time but could not get a photo.

My friend and I even glimpsed what we think is a Siberian Chiff Chaff.

The day finished with the Starlings putting on quite a performance. Despite deciding not to swirl around too much it was an amazing experience.


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