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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

Bird Firsts of 2017

This year has been amazing for bird firsts for me. Many of them in Gwent but some I had to travel to places such as the Forest of Dean and Ham Wall.

  1. Waxwing 
  2. Redwing
  3. Bittern 
  4. Spoonbill 
  5. Pied Flycatcher
  6. Spotted Flycatcher
  7. Yellowhammer
  8. Wood Warbler
  9. Common Redstart
  10. Common Rock Thrush
  11. Fieldfare
  12. Marsh Tit
  13. Lesser Redpoll
  14. Crossbills
  15. Marsh Harrier
  16. Great Egret
  17. Cettis Warbler
  18. Golden Plover
  19. Hawfinch
I have photos of all 18 except for the Cettis Warbler which I heard first and caught a glimpse of at the RSPB Ham Wall Nature Reserve.

My favorite bird first of the year for me was the Pied Flycatchers. I was fortunate to spend many hours observing them in a local wood and they were very accommodating. Beautiful birds and I look forward to seeing them again in the Spring.


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