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  1. Ghouls and ghosts

    Friday 29 October 2010, 11:52

    Halloween is thought to have its roots planted firmly in the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced 'sow 'inn') - a time when Celts celebrated the end of summer and the beginning of winter.

    They believed that during this time, the boundaries between the living and the dead were very thin...

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  2. Pumpkin carvers unite

    Friday 29 October 2010, 11:11

    Remember last years amazing effort from Jack Penketh?

    Lionel has subsequently gone on to bigger and better things - appearing in a recent Walkers crisp advert with Gary Lineker ;)

    Send in your pumpkin carving snaps to me here at wales.nature@bbc.co.uk and I'll feature the best and worst... in the blog...

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  3. Pembrokeshire coast - a global destination

    Wednesday 27 October 2010, 11:29

    Our very own Pembrokeshire coast has been in the news today as it came second in a National Geographic poll of the top 10 best 'coastal destinations' in the world.

    The Pembrokeshire coast beat off stiff opposition from the likes of Chile, Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia, Namibia, Oregon, Scotland and...

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  4. Autumn leaf crunchers

    Wednesday 27 October 2010, 11:15

    Take advantage of this break in the weather to stretch your legs and if you've got kids - wear them out! ;)

    Nice selection of walks over on the visit wales blog today and there are plenty to choose from in our things to do - walking section.

    Choose your region and try out one of the walks Derek Brockway...

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  5. Wildlife writing competition

    Tuesday 26 October 2010, 14:46

    The recent BBC One adaptation of Sherlock Holmes was a huge success but Conan Doyle also inspired the winning article in the 2010 Natur Cymru nature writing competition.

    The storyline was a familiar one, about reading the signs of nature, but told in a novel and engaging way.

    Accompanied by Dr Watson...

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  6. Because you're gorgeous

    Tuesday 26 October 2010, 12:01

    Exploring Wales' wooded gorges and ravines is increasing in popularity amongst walkers, canoeists and extreme sport enthusiasts.

    Now, there is a short film on the CCW YouTube Channel that highlights the natural wonders of gorges to help people learn about our celtic rainforests before they arrive.

    ...

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  7. October photo selection

    Monday 25 October 2010, 13:13

    I've been away on holiday, surfing in Donegal, Ireland but the Flickr group has continued to flourish in my absence.

    Here are a few pics which have caught my eye since I've been back.

    For those of you visiting the coast - it's pupping season for grey seals at the moment so tread carefully and you might...

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  8. Mediterranean visitor

    Monday 25 October 2010, 12:41

    A pipefish that's usually spotted in the warm seas of the Mediterranean has been found off the Welsh coast.


    This pipefish photographed by marine scientist Paul Kay, is thought to be a Shore or Black-striped Pipefish (Syngnathus abaster):

    Previously, it had only been found as far north as Southern...

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  9. October half term

    Monday 25 October 2010, 10:00

    Celebrate autumn with the National trust this October half term at Dinefwr Park and Castle, Llandeilo.

    There's plenty going on for all ages so take your pick:

    • Monday 25th - Conkers & crowns - take part in the conker championship and make a princes crown or princesses tiara from all the fabulous autumn...

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  10. Hain says Barrage decision a 'disaster'

    Monday 18 October 2010, 11:13

    Shadow Welsh Secretary Peter Hain has reacted angrily to the news that the coalition government is planning to ditch plans for a £30 billion barrage across the Severn estuary.

    Written by James McLaren

    Energy Secretary Chris Huhne is expected to kick the scheme for renewable energy into the long grass...

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  11. Feeling a bit ropey

    Friday 15 October 2010, 12:46

    Good news for the reds on Anglesey as specially designed rope bridges are being proposed to help prevent the squirrels from becoming road kill.

    A red squirrel by Alan Burfitt:

    The technique has already been used successfully elsewhere and it's hoped that this will allow the squirrels to move safely...

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  12. Fine weather walks

    Tuesday 12 October 2010, 11:35

    Last week I managed to escape the confines of the office and accompany Derek Brockway and the team as they completed the last of the walks for a new Weatherman Walking TV series beginning in January 2011.

    The weather was spectacular with blue skies and sun every day and apart from the odd blustery day...

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  13. Volunteers needed for Anglesey clean-up

    Thursday 7 October 2010, 11:14

    The National Trust is looking for volunteers to help with a clean-up and maintenance project on the Anglesey coastline this autumn.

    The volunteering days are each Friday up to and including 10 December, and the work will include work on footpaths and boundary maintenance.

    "We have arranged a series...

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  14. Rhys to the Rescue - Kenya

    Wednesday 6 October 2010, 16:47

    Wednesday, 6 October at 7.30pm on BBC One Wales

    Dr Rhys Jones faces a completely new set of challenges as he goes into the back gardens of Kenya.

    Here, the snakes he's hunting have already killed - so how will he cope when he's confronted by some of the deadliest snakes in Africa?

    Rhys's Kenyan trip is...

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  15. Clwydian AONB to be doubled in size

    Tuesday 5 October 2010, 11:40

    Proposals are in place to extend the Clwydian Range Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) to roughly twice its current size, as the Countryside Council for Wales (CCW) look to protect parts of the area at risk.

    In partnership with the Wrexham and Denbighshire local authorities, CCW plans to extend...

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  16. Wet weather and fungi

    Thursday 30 September 2010, 09:47

    We're in for a bit of a soaking shortly as low pressure winds up in the Atlantic.

    It's great news for all the surfers in Wales though as we're in for some big waves and offshore winds over the next few days, with more unsettled weather arriving next week.

    Apologies if you don't surf. My advice - invest...

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  17. Rhys to the Rescue

    Wednesday 29 September 2010, 10:00

    Wednesday, September 29 at 7.30pm on BBC One Wales.

    Yes, Dr Jones is back - it's a series, so he'll keep coming back for a few weeks yet! ;)

    I hope you saw the first episode last week - I did and thoroughly enjoyed it - not at all what I was expecting.

    I had no idea for instance that baby adders pack...

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  18. Lapland comes to Kenfig

    Monday 27 September 2010, 11:58

    Forget Santa - it's far too early to be talking about **** and I've promised myself I won't mention that particular word until at least December.

    So what else comes from Lapland I hear you cry?

    Well... the answer is - the Lapland bunting of course!

    This little chap was recently been spotted at Kenfig...

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  19. Porthcawl Elvis Festival

    Friday 24 September 2010, 16:44

    Stuck for something to do this weekend?

    Well, if you happen to be wandering around Porthcawl this weekend - don't be alarmed if you bump into 1000's of Elvis fans sporting wigs, side burns and outrageous costumes.

    The Porthcawl Elvis Festival begins tonight and runs until 26 September.

    The official shows...

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  20. Nature news

    Friday 24 September 2010, 11:24

    A quick round up of some of the other nature & outdoor stories in Wales this week:

    Wind power finally arrives on Ramsey Island meaning the wardens and volunteers will no longer have to rely on the old generator for power.

    The Millennium Stadium has set itself a target of becoming the UK's first green...

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