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  1. Chainsaw art

    Tuesday 19 July 2011, 11:46

    There is so much to see and do here at the Royal Welsh that it's difficult to know what to write about but I'm finding the most interesting exhibits by simply wondering around and discovering them quite randomly (for example chainsaw wood carving, sheepdog geese-herding and a giant robot quoting lines...

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  2. Big Butterfly Count

    Friday 15 July 2011, 11:45

    Butterflies have had a hard time of it this year, what with the droughts in March and April, followed by the downpours during May and June.

    But now is your chance to help, by taking part in the Big Butterfly Count this weekend. Last year's survey saw nearly 10,000 people registering their sightings...

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  3. Focussing on Rachael Garside

    Tuesday 12 July 2011, 15:28

    I'm sure many of you are already familiar with Rachael's work but just in case you're not, here's a quick biog about our newest BBC Wales Nature & Outdoors blogger:

    Rachael Garside was born in Cardiff but had a yearning for a life beyond the concrete streets of Canton...

    After working as a reporter...

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  4. The Great British Weather

    Tuesday 12 July 2011, 13:35

    The Great British Weather, July 13 at 7.30pm on BBC One

    A new series looking at our obsession with the weather begins tomorrow night on BBC One. The series aims to unpick the science behind the weather and explore some of the myths behind it.

    The team consisting of Carol Kirkwood, Alexander Armstrong...

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  5. Sustainable eel campaign

    Monday 11 July 2011, 14:45

    There's always a huge air of expectation and excitement at springtime amongst locals along the banks of the River Severn and River Wye as the first eel fry or glass eels begin to arrive.

    This mysterious fish, makes the incredible journey from the Sargasso Sea to our waters every year (nearly 3,500...

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  6. Offa's Dyke 40th Anniversary

    Saturday 9 July 2011, 10:27

    Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Offa's Dyke Path National Trail on Sunday, 10 July at the Offa's Dyke Centre West Street, Knighton LD7 1EN.

    Here's the itinerary:

    1.30 pm Grand Parade leaves Brookside Square to Offa's Dyke Park where Fancy Dress. Competitions for all ages will be judged


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  7. New Director for Wales

    Friday 8 July 2011, 11:43

    The National Trust has recently appointed Justin Albert as its new Director for Wales.

    Justin has had a long and distinguished career in broadcasting and documentary film production in America and since returning to Wales, has worked with Horse and Country TV, become a founder of the Hay Castle Trust...

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  8. All the views without the queues

    Thursday 7 July 2011, 10:18

    I'm just back from a two day walking adventure with Derek Brockway and the Weatherman Walking team. This particular walk took us from the small coastal village of Trefin near St David's along the coast to Pwll Deri hostel, taking in the beautiful old Felin Tregwynt Mill along the way.

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  9. Wildlife snapshot

    Thursday 30 June 2011, 11:55

    A few pics from our Flickr group that have caught my eye this week....

    First up this dreamy landscape shot by Ian Dyer taken at Blaen y Glyn Falls in the Brecon Beacons. Blaen-y-Glyn has a popular walking trail which also takes in Caerfanell Falls, Nant Bwrefwr and Torpantau Falls.

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  10. Manic Street twitchers

    Friday 24 June 2011, 15:56

    Some of you may have noticed that this year, Chris Packham was dropping Manic Street Preacher song titles into Springwatch. Here's a fun little video montage from News online.

    In previous years, Chris has used Cure and Smiths songs, so at least he has some taste! ;)


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  11. Holm brew...

    Thursday 23 June 2011, 15:02

    There's a new pub opening this Friday in the middle of the Bristol Channel on Flat Holm island!

    The Gull and Leek (no relation) will open its doors during the seasonal highs of summer, Halloween and Xmas.

    The last pub here closed down in the early 1900s and the only full-time residents are the three...

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  12. Welsh rarebit

    Thursday 23 June 2011, 11:05

    Father and son duo, Jeff and Ashley Cohen - regular contributors to our Wales Nature Flickr group have just sent in some amazing, yet brutal shots of a stoat killing a rabbit up in Conwy, North Wales.

    Looks away now if you're squeamish but remember this is what nature is all about - survival of the...

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  13. Bees versus the super bugs

    Tuesday 21 June 2011, 12:18

    Bee-keepers could hold the key to new superbug treatments in their back gardens.

    Cardiff University and the National Botanic Garden of Wales are appealing for help in building up a DNA profile of the nation's honey.

    They hope to use the information to identify plants which could fight antibiotic-resistant...

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  14. 400 skinny dippers brave Rhossili

    Monday 20 June 2011, 11:40

    Almost 400 people took part in the Midsummer Skinny Dip at Rhossili beach this weekend, raising money for Marie Curie Cancer Care and the National Trust.

    Watch the National Trust video of the event on You Tube.

    The news has subsequently gone global, reaching as far as Australia and has been all over...

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  15. WWF celebrate 50th anniversary

    Friday 17 June 2011, 14:24

    Head of WWF Cymru, Anne Meikle looks back at the charity's achievements and explains why in 2011, its work needs your support more than ever:

    "Amid fears that hunting and habitat destruction would lead to the extinction of much of Africa's wildlife, WWF was formed in 1961. Now active in more than 100...

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  16. Springwatch visit to Ynyslas dunes

    Wednesday 15 June 2011, 18:03

    Mike Bailey, Senior Reserve Manager, Dyfi - Countryside Council for Wales has just been in touch to tell us about a recent visit from Chris Packham and the Springwatch team who filmed wild orchids there on Tuesday.

    Chris Packham visited Ynyslas dunes with a BBC Springwatch camera crew yesterday to film...

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  17. A snapshot of wild Wales

    Wednesday 15 June 2011, 11:25

    Since I've been away on location with Weatherman Walking, our BBC Wales Nature Flickr group has been overflowing with 100s of fabulous photos, covering a huge range of wildlife, landscape and plant life. Here are a few of my favourites from over the last few weeks:

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  18. Derek on the dyke

    Monday 13 June 2011, 13:36

    Last week, I spent two days with Derek Brockway and the Weatherman Walking crew for a walk along a section of Offa's Dyke in Montgomeryshire.

    It was a linear walk beginning in Churchtown and ending in the historic market town of Montgomery with its impressive Georgian town hall and 13th century, hill...

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  19. Springwatch Wales

    Friday 27 May 2011, 10:00

    I'm out walking again for Weatherman Walking currently so just wanted to remind everyone that Springwatch starts on Bank Holiday Monday at 8pm on BBC One.

    I've added a few key species that I've heard from the team will be featured this year so have a look if you have time.

    The fantastic 700 hectare...

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  20. North to South

    Monday 23 May 2011, 12:15

    Derek, the crew and I were recently up in north Wales filming for the new series of Weatherman Walking.

    These were the first two walks we've done so far - one on Holyhead and the other at Penmaen Mawr near Conwy.

    The weather although windy at times was perfect for filming with blue skies and sunshine...

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