Blog posts by year and month September 2010

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  1. Participants in Wales in the the RSPB summer wildlife survey - Make Your Nature Count almost doubled in 2010 with over 4,000 people counting the birds and mammals in nearly 3,000 gardens. Dana Thomas, from RSPB Cymru, said: "For many species the only way of counting them is to ask people to take part in a garden survey like this and some of the results have been quite surprising." "Lots of people see hedgehogs, moles and deer in their gardens which you may only expect to see in the wider countryside." And now for the results... 30% of people taking part in urban areas have seen hedgehogs in their gardens before and more than one in seven see them regularly. A late night hedgehog visits a garden. Image by Charles Dawson: They were reported from 48% of gardens in rural areas where more than a quarter of participants see them at least monthly. Participants were also asked to report moles and roe deer for the first time this year. 14% of participants recorded mole sightings, including mole hills, with one in six detecting them regularly. Unsurprisingly, most moles were recorded in rural gardens and were most frequently sighted in Wales with 25%, compared with 15% in Scotland and 13% in England. Roe deer, a native species, were recorded in 5% of gardens with most sightings in Scotland. Make Your Nature Count was one of the first garden wildlife surveys since the extraordinarily cold winter and participants also recorded common birds. A blackbird foraging in the snow - Image by Sue Tranter (RSPB images): The RSPB also asked questions about how well robins, blackbirds and song thrushes are breeding. The survey showed that the blackbird is still the most frequent visitor recorded in 90% of all gardens followed by the house sparrow at 84% and blue tit taking third place with 77%. 32% recorded young blackbirds, 17% recorded young robins and 5% saw young song thrushes. Participants were also asked to record summer migrants, particularly nesting house martins. Only 9% of respondents have house martins nesting under their eaves and experts are keen to build on this in future years to find out the extent of their suspected declines. Next year's Make Your Nature Count will take place from 4-12 June, 2011.

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  2. If you are planning to be anywhere near New Tredegar on Saturday 25 September between 12 noon and 3pm, make a note to visit the Winding House museum, and catch their Victorian winding engine in action. The Victorian winding engine was used to raise and lower the cages in the mine shaft at ...

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  3. Satellite technology has now confirmed that Glyder Fawr, in Snowdonia is actually higher than a thousand metres, giving it new mountain status. Watch a clip on BBC Newsonline. It is now one of only five 1,000 metre or more high peaks in Wales. Previous measurements calculated it to be only 9...

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  4. The Contemporary Art Society for Wales opens its autumn/winter series of free public lectures this evening. Tonight's lecture, on Woven Sculptures, will be given by artist Sue Hiley Harris at the Cardiff University School of Architecture, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff. Further planned lect...

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  5. Wales Online has added a new chapter to its Welsh History Month website today. Huw Pryce, professor of Welsh history at Bangor University has written about the turbulent times in the 13th century when the Gwynedd princes dominated Wales. Llewellyn Ap Gruffudd or Llywelyn the Last, the prince of Wales was killed on 11 December 1282. Professor Pryce examines the common view that Llewellyn's death is often considered to signal the end of hope of a dream of Welsh independence. Find out more about the era of military expansion and political spin on the Wales Online's New Welsh History website. Feel free to comment! If you want to have your say, on this or any other BBC blog, you will need to sign in to your BBC iD account. If you don't have a BBC iD account, you can register here - it'll allow you to contribute to a range of BBC sites and services using a single login. Need some assistance? Read about BBC iD, or get some help with registering.

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  6. Hijinx Theatre are about to embark on what is likely to be their last autumn tour with a production inspired by Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. The cast of Hijinx's Ill Met By Moonlight. Photo © Simon Gough Photography Ill Met By Moonlight was written almost 20 years ago, and toured in 1994 and 2001. It's been revived for 2010 and will tour various theatres and institutions throughout Wales, England and Scotland from today, starting at Cardiff's Whitchurch School. This will be Hijinx's final autumn tour specifically for community audiences in its current guise, as a result of the reduction in financial support from the Arts Council of Wales. Michael Wagg as Gwarwyn-a-throt (Gat) and Stephen Hickman as Samuel Jenkins © Simon Gough Photography Welsh playwright Charles Way, who penned the play, will direct the production. Set on the border of Wales and England when rural superstition was rife, Gwarwyn-a-throt (Gat) - played by Michael Wagg - is a descendant of the impish Shakespearian Puck, who roams the countryside creating a trail of mischief. Katy Owen (Hedydd) and Michael Wagg (Gwarwyn-a-throt/Gat) © Simon Gough Photography Gat is the last of the mystical Bwca, the faerie "brownies" of Wales, but they have somewhat nastier tempers than their brownie cousins - in folklore, brownies were friendly goblins or fairies, traditionally said to help with domestic chores. So with his shape-changing interference, Gat attempts to thwart the growing love between two lonely country people. The results of his malicious meddling are both hilarious and tragic - but will he be triumphant, or will love win out? Hannah McPake as Mary Morris © Simon Gough Photography Judging by these photos, courtesy of Simon Gough Photography and kindly provided by Hijinx, which were taken at the dress rehearsal last night - theatre fans are in for a treat with Ill Met By Moonlight. Browse the Hijinx Theatre website for more information and to see where the company are performing near you.

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  7. What a technicolor explosion of amazing Welsh sounds this week's show (and tortuous metaphor) is. You may have realised a change of focus on the show, since the 30 New Welsh Artists Challenge I've tried to get as much music into each show as is humanely possible, at the expense of my waffly link...

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  8. The second Made in Roath Arts Festival returns to Cardiff next month following its début last year. After a successful pilot - plus lots of positive feedback - in 2009, this year's is set to be bigger and better as the arty folk of the Roath area of the capital display their work in a multitud...

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  9. A new attempt at introducing a badger cull in parts of west Wales has been proposed by the rural affairs minister - Elin Jones. An annual cull is being proposed over five year period for north Pembrokeshire and part of Ceredigion.

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  10. This morning The Daily Telegraph published a non-story about Katherine Jenkins' backstage tour rider (the foodstuffs and whatnot artists like to have at their disposal). Katherine Jenkins As much as I'm sure the paper would have loved to expose Katherine Jenkins as a J-Lo-like diva pa...

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