Blog posts by year and month November 2009

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  1. There are over 250 species of fish in Wales so it can be tricky working out whose who unless you're an expert or keen fisherman. Help is now at hand in the form of a new book entitled 'Marine Fishes of Wales' published by Marine Wildlife. The book has been a joint venture between the MCS, CCW and Welsh Federation of Fishermen's Associations. The fish recording info website has been set up to coincide with the book's launch so that anyone can log the details of fish they've caught or seen, as well as anything out of the ordinary. The information will help CCW and others build up a more accurate picture of the fish in Wales. A colourful red gurnard. Image courtesy of CCW: Mandy McMath, CCW marine specialist said: "Some species, if recorded routinely, could reveal important information on climate change and seasonal migrations. "We are also keen to hear from people who see unusual and endangered species, species where information gaps exist such as information on migratory species at sea; and species encountered by commercial fishermen and anglers." Paul Kay of Marine Wildlife is also interested in hearing from people who know of local place names that refer to fish or Welsh colloquial names for fish species. "For example, Porth Ysgaden in Pen Llyn, Gwynedd, translates as Herring Port. Although no herring are found here now, they must have been an important resource in the area in the past." If you've any information to share, get in touch with Paul via the marine wildlife website. Gull Countryside Council for Wales Marine Conservation Society Welsh Federation of Fishermen's Associations

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  2. The weather is much drier today with some sunshine for a change but it goes without saying that we've had an awful lot of rain this month. Ray Garner who runs a rainfall station in Llanfynydd, Carmarthenshire has recorded 328mm, over a foot of rain, making it the wettest November since he bega...

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  3. It's been very mild this month with plenty of rain, flooding and strong winds and a lack of frost but more recently temperatures have taken a dip and the winter woollies will come in handy over the weekend. It might also be an idea to bring the geraniums and other tender plants indoors! We a...

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  4. It's not all about the rutting sound of distorted instruments clashing at the speed of loud. Sure there's a primal thrill to uncivilised music with ambitions to rape and pillage society's sense of decorum. But all that bluster and noise is as archaic as cannon fire to me, for the most part. So s...

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  5. Rhydian Roberts' second album, O Fortuna, is out this coming Monday and features a host of established names in the world of classical and opera.

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  6. We've had some lovely rainbows over Cardiff lately. I keep seeing them out of the window opposite BBC Wales HQ here in Llandaff. This one appeared at around 10.30am and was joined by another one. Our BBC Wales Twitter guru - Geoff Rogers snapped this one: Someone mentioned that there was ...

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  7. Stereophonics frontman Kelly Jones has been talking about a potential alternative to his songwriting career: scripting Hollywood films.

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  8. The rivers are swollen throughout Wales thanks to all this rain. I've had these photos in from reader Colin Roberts who says, "This is the river Dee in Llangollen which passes the bottom of our garden:" Derek

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  9. This article just in from the Countryside Council for Wales about farmers in Wales doing their bit for the environment: "Even in the farthest flung corners of deepest rural Wales, thoughts are turning towards how we can all play our part in what must follow from Copenhagen's Climate Conference ...

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  10. I had a phone call this morning from Geraint Edwards. He runs a weather and climate station in Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog in Denbighshire and sends his data to the Met Office in Exeter. So far this month Geraint has recorded 240mm of rain. The wettest November was in 2000 with 244mm so he is very close to beating this. And I think he will... We have seen the worst of the rain for the time being but showers are expected over the next few days. Yesterday temperatures in Trawscoed, Ceredigon reached 15 Celsius but temperatures today are lower, no higher than 11 Celsius, and its going to turn even colder over the next few days. There might even be a touch of frost over the weekend! Frosted leaves in Bute Park by Jim McLaren: The air heading our way has its origins in the Arctic so that explains the drop in temperature but as the air crosses the relatively warmer seas around Britain it becomes unstable forming large towering clouds, heavy showers, hail, thunder and the odd waterspout. If you're lucky you might even see a rainbow. Let me know if you find the pot of gold! Derek

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