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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

Another bird species to Cross off my list

Gwent has some amazing bird species. This year I have been very fortunate to experience seeing  what would be called in Twitching terms "lifer" species - firsts!

I attended a local forestry area with my fellow birder after a tip off that Crossbills were frequenting the location.

Well , after some searching around and waiting for the weather to perk up we got lucky and found a flock of 15 to 20. The Crossbills are furtive creatures and they have a habit of feeding and perching in the arboreal tree tops.

This means getting close to them is very difficult so requires use of large telescopic lenses on our cameras to get just a record photograph.

I was more than pleased just to just see them.

Whilst bird watching we also came across a Kestrel that was hovering away hunting before it settled in a tree at a distance.

I finished the day taking pictures of the Harvest Moon. What a fantastic sight.


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