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  1. A damp start

    Wednesday 21 July 2010, 12:49

    Well, we've certainly had our fair share of the wet stuff over the last 24 hours, although I'm not sure we've had enough to fill all the rivers back up to the levels where they should be. Remember the November floods of 2009?

    The rain has certainly brought out the slugs though and my courgettes have taken...

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  2. A tiger in the garden

    Tuesday 20 July 2010, 13:04

    Julie McKenna from Merseyside sent in some fabulous shots of a garden tiger moth she spotted whilst camping at Trearddur Bay on Anglesey recently:

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    Learn more about these flying sensations on the RSPB website.


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  3. Big butterfly count

    Monday 19 July 2010, 17:24

    Sir David Attenborough is urging all of us to get involved in saving our butterflies.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/northwestwales/hi/people_and_places/nature/newsid_8834000/8834611.stm

    Butterfly Conservation

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  4. The taming of the shrew

    Monday 19 July 2010, 13:37

    Tony Llewellyn sent in an amazing photo of a shrew and caterpillar that I just had to share with you.

    I've no idea how he managed to capture this shot but here it is, for you all to marvel over:
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    Shrews as you can see from this photo are tiny creatures, only around two to three inches long and weighing...

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  5. Island life on Ramsey

    Monday 19 July 2010, 10:24

    The latest instalment from Ramsey Island comes from the Assistant Warden RSPB, Lisa Morgan:

    "Chough had another good breeding season on the island, with 17 youngsters fledging from seven nest sites. This is a respectable success rate, after a tough winter for the adults and a dry spring, the hard earth...

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  6. A weekend walk for Sunday

    Friday 16 July 2010, 10:30

    Stuck for something to do this weekend?

    On Sunday July 18, you can join the National Trust for another guided walk from one of their 9x9x9 walking events.

    This particular walk will take in the spectacular scenery along the coast from Port Eynon to Rhossili with plenty of stunning views along the way...

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  7. Casting light on haunting sands

    Wednesday 14 July 2010, 11:30

    Some of you may remember Derek Brockway visiting Worm's Head and Whiteford lighthouse in series two of Weatherman Walking back in 2008.

    The name Whiteford actually derives from the Viking - 'Hvit Fjord' meaning 'white fjord' and the dune system at the back of the beach known as Whiteford Burrows is owned...

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  8. Badger cull halted

    Tuesday 13 July 2010, 14:40

    Good news if you're a badger lover.

    The proposed badger cull (due to take place in North Pembrokeshire) by the Welsh Assembly Government has been halted after protesters won a legal challenge to stop it.

    Opinions are as ever, divided over this recent development. Find out more on BBC News Online.

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  9. Stacking up

    Monday 12 July 2010, 13:03

    The RSPB team from South Stack have been in touch with all the latest news from Anglesey.

    In June the stars of the webcam - the razorbill family had their chick hatch. 'Cymro' as he's now known has been doing well and (thanks to some attentive parents) recently flew the nest.

    Razorbill soaring over Ellens...

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  10. Rockpooling in Wales

    Friday 9 July 2010, 12:45

    I spent many happy hours as a boy down at Freshwater East beach scouring the rockpools for signs of life during the summer holidays, and it's reassuring to know that in this digitalised age, little has changed.

    The marine life is still there and the equipment - a bucket and a shrimping net on a bamboo...

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  11. Hummingbird in Porthcawl

    Friday 9 July 2010, 11:50

    Recently I was lucky enough to come face to face with my very first hummingbird hawk-moth.

    Sat outside in my garden during the summer (remember - it was back in June) I'd already spotted a peregrine and gull duelling, high up in the blue skies above, when something caught my eye, hovering over flowers...

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  12. Down at the allotment

    Thursday 8 July 2010, 10:15

    A work colleague of mine - Luke Surrey ran into the office this morning shouting about a giant 'bird like' moth he'd found, with a wingspan the size of a small child's head! ;)

    He whipped out his latest gadget - a posh new iPhone to reveal photos of a lovely poplar hawk moth that had taken up residence...

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  13. Woodland garden reveals artistic gem

    Wednesday 7 July 2010, 11:54

    Every year, thousands of people visit Colby Woodland Garden in South Pembrokeshire, but very few know of the hidden gem that resides inside the gazebo there.

    In the past visitors could only see the decorated interior by peering in through the glass. The gazebo however will be now be open daily to the...

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  14. Picture this

    Monday 5 July 2010, 16:30

    Carmarthenshire Heritage Regeneration Trust have recently been running a project entitled 'Learning From The Landscape - Understanding Through Involvement' in the Llanelli area for children from the learning support units of Coedcae Comprehensive and Maes Y Morfa Community Primary School.

    Over the past...

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  15. Podium finish for Welsh surfers

    Monday 5 July 2010, 12:21

    It's a tough life being a sponsored professional surfer - travelling to exotic locations to compete in surf contests but someone has to do it.

    The Sri Lanka 'Champion of Champions' surf contest was recently held in perfect three to four foot surf; attracting over fifty contestants from around the globe...

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  16. Rodents meet royalty

    Monday 5 July 2010, 11:25

    The red squirrels at Plas Newydd, Anglesey received a royal visit last week when Prince Charles popped in.

    The prince was there to see for himself just how successful the re-introduction project had been in the the woodland surrounding the historic house.

    Prince Charles during his visit - image courtesy...

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  17. Wakestock weekend

    Friday 2 July 2010, 09:30

    It's that time of year again when thousands of people descend on the sleepy seaside town of Abersoch on the Lleyn Peninsula for three days of music, partying and wakeboard action from the world's best riders.

    In the same way that snowboarding revolutionised the skiing industry, wakeboarding has done...

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  18. Osprey chick ringers

    Thursday 1 July 2010, 11:27

    We recently announced the exciting news that the third Glaslyn chick had hatched. How time flies? (excuse the pun)

    I'm pleased to report that all three chicks are all doing well and were recently ringed.

    Qualified ringers from the BTO climbed the 80 foot tree to the nest site and carefully lowered each...

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  19. Die hard feral bees wanted

    Wednesday 30 June 2010, 17:37

    Following recent publicity about the West Wales Bee Breeding project, scientists at Bangor University have been inundated with messages of support, offers of help and reports of feral colonies from beekeepers around Wales.

    The project aims to breed a stock of disease resistant bees that are easy to work...

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  20. "Old balls please"

    Wednesday 30 June 2010, 15:21

    As viewers across Britain settle down to another week of Wimbledon - I wonder how many of them have ever wondered what happens to the old tennis balls?

    It turns out that RSPB Wales has found an ingenious use for them.

    Local residents in the Newport area are being asked to donate old tennis balls so they...

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