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We have started a NEWWildlife blog, to keep you up to date with in-depth news, events, photos and quizzes. Recent posts have included news about our stealth cameras, badger tracks and signs, our resident owls, visitors to our reserves, coming events and much more.

We aim to update the blog weekly and we welcome your feedback and comments. The link below will take you to our blog page, with the option to ‘follow’ us to recieve notifications when the page is updated.

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Spring is sprung!

We recently had 80+ frogs in our wetland croaking and producing lots of frog spawn, which is fantastic news. They stayed in the pond for several days, and we were able to get some lovely photos, including the following one by our senior ranger.

Frog – Karl Marin

Our senior ranger has also reported that today in one of our small ponds that we have a cluster of toad-spawn strings, a smooth newt, two pairs of  toads in amplexus and two single toads, which is great news!

We also have birds checking out some of our nest boxes, including blue tits and starlings, so fingers crossed. We managed to snap this cheeck chappy outside the office whilst its mate was looking around inside!

Basketry Course Full

Our basketry course on 10 March is now full.

Litter Pick Up at Broadoak Wood

Many thanks to everyone who helped us at the litter pick up and tree dressing day at Broadoak Wood.  Lots of litter was removed from the site which can only benefit the many species that live there.

One place left

on the Basketry course 10th March.  Book now to avoid disappointment.

Lots of activity at Rhydymwyn

About a dozen each of Lesser redpoll and siskin have been spotted at the bird hide on site.

This morning, dunnock were displaying outside the office.

The tawny owl is still using the owl box, so we’re all hopeful they will nest.  Watch this space for news.

Treemendous Tales – booking up fast

There are some places left for Treemendous Tales on 28th Saturday but places are running out.  Book now to avoid disappointment.

Volunteering

Our programme of volunteering will re-commence on Thursday 26th January with habitat pile creation at Rhydymwyn Valley Nature Reserve.  Keep watching the website for news of Thursday volunteering activities or contact Kate Wilson on 01352 742115 or email volunteer@newwildlife.org.uk for more details.  We are also intending to run volunteering activities on the first Saturday of each month so do let us know if you would like to get involved.

Events and Courses

We have added new events and courses to the calendar including forest fun days and a felting workshop.  Check out ‘What’s on’ for more details

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Camera Traps

I managed to pick up a couple of pheasants that had sadly been killed on the local roads. Placing them along the woodland edge at Rhydymyn I set up the camera traps we have and left with great anticipation of what would get caught on ‘film’.

I expected to get some foxes and badgers scavenging off the carcasses, however, the buzzards finding them was a bit of a welcome surprise. The squirrel was cacheing acorns and just happened to choose the spot right by the camera to hide its winter food.

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