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There's a buzz in Bluebell Wood

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I have been spending the majority of my daily exercise walking around Coed-y-Canndo Wood. To be honest the lockdown has coincided at a most fortuitous time of the year as during the spring the wood is full of life and colours.

At the beginning of lockdown just as the trees started to burst their buds the wood floor became a carpet of yellow Celandine. That was the first wave of spring flowers. Next came the white patches of the slow-growing ancient woodland key species Wood Anemones. Most recently over the last week, the Bluebells have finally flowered en-masse and there is now a carpet of vibrant purple-blue throughout the wood. It is truly a magical place.



The flower species tend to arrive in distinct waves. The occurrence of all three flowering at the same time- Celandine, Wood Anemones and Bluebells lasts fleetingly for a few days at most usually. The Celandine will be pollinated and got to seed rapidly and then appear to completely die off. The Wood Anemones close their petals f…

Nature in my garden during lockdown

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The Corona virus lock-down has caused unprecedented change to our normal lives and left many many plans in ruin. We live in an amazing country and the vast majority of people have been supporting the restrictions that have been put in place on our daily lives to reduce the spread of this highly contagious horrible virus and support our national treasure the NHS. I am thankful we live in the country that has a National Health Service and I do hope that this focuses the mind of all future political decisions on what is important and should be invested in most. A big thanks from me to all the NHS and other key-workers for keeping the country going and doing their upmost to save lives.

Talking of plans a lot of mine my birding plans have been impacted this year significantly. On the scale of things they are inconsequential but their demise has changed my outlook on things and I think I probably speak for most birders and wildlife lovers who enjoy their freedom to travel to visit nature r…

A little piece of ancient woodland on my doorstep

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Literally on my doorstep is Coed-y-Canndo wood. This little gem of a place has been somewhere I have spent may hours in for well over ten years. I have taken lots of photos there  but what I enjoy most is sitting down on a fallen tree in one of the sunny glades listening to the bird song. At this time of year the noise is incredible. The dawn chorus is something to behold to hear, its absolutely stunning.
Many spring migrant warblers have arrived and fill the woods with song all day long. I can listen to it all from the comfort of my garden. Blackcaps, Chiff Chaffs and Willow Warblers all blast their calls out like some wild equivalent of the "Three tenors concert"


Joining them in chorus are a host of  the native all year round birds. One of the loudest songs to be heard is the diminutive Wren. Wow they really have got a mighty song for a small bird. There is one bird song I love to listen to and that is the Song Thrush. Its very aptly named and these birds seem to go int…