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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

A little stint down the lagoons


I returned to Goldcliff Lagoons today to try my luck again hoping to see a Little Stint. The weather was better today and the rain had ceased by the time I arrived at the reserve.

I walked around the reserve stopping at the various platforms and hides and met up with a number of friendly birders.

Again the skies above the sea wall were alive with hirundines and passerines. The Swallows and Martins appeared to be in a feeding frenzy. Wheatears and wagtails were scuttling along the grass and perching on posts all around the seawall hide.

On Becs Lagoon "Flossy" the Glossy Ibis was preening itself on the grassy bank at the far side of the lagoon accompanied by a couple of Little Egrets. Listening to various people who had seen it today it appears to have been all over the reserve.

Two Buzzards were perched up to the left of the seawall hide on the fence posts. The lighter of the two ( A "Bosprey") was calling out continually making quite a noise.

I joined up with my friends John Lawton and Brian Thomas who both reported that they had seen tow Little Stints on Monks Lagoon earlier. Yet again I had missed these tiny waders. I more or less demanded that they both show me so we marched from the seawall hide back to the Redshank Platform that overlooks Monks.

To my surprise, there was one of the Little Stints showing well in the channel that runs between the island on Monks Lagoon. It was great to have the help of two other pairs of eyes to spot these very small birds. The Little Stint is smaller than a Ringed Plover or Dunlin. In fact, even a Pied Wagtail looks around the same size.

We moved to the first hide for a closer view. When we started scanning the channel we located two Little Stints. A last I had broken my duck and the Little Stint is no longer this year's bogey bird for me.


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