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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

Ring Ouzel Update

Last month I was lucky to spot a Ring Ouzel that was perched in a tree at Goldcliff Lagoons. Today one of my Gwent Ornithological Society contacts was kind enough to get back to me and give me an update on some inquiries he had made via the two rings it had on its legs. He managed to get in contact with the people who rung it.

They reported that the Ouzel was rung as a chick in 2016  on Stanhope Moor in Durham. They passed on their thanks for spotting it.

Its thought that the bird may be migrating North via the West Country.

Really interesting news and it shows how ringing birds can be very useful for learning about bird behavior and migration patterns.


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