Blog posts by year and month January 2011

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  1. A lot of our weather this winter has come from the Arctic and Scandinavia hence the snow and ice but this week it's back to normal. It was a cold start this morning with some frost and icy patches but the weather pattern is now on the change. The jet stream is going to move north towards ...

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  2. Manic Street Preachers' frontman James Dean Bradfield has launched a broadside into the current state of indie music in the UK, characterising new bands as "gap year music". James Dean Bradfield In an interview with Scotland's Daily Record, Bradfield said that he thought of most new i...

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  3. Welsh musical stars Katherine Jenkins and Paul Potts are named in a list of top charity fundraisers by the JustGiving website. Katherine Jenkins Potts raised over £13,000 for SOS Children's Villages UK, while Jenkins raised more than £5,000 for Kidney Wales Foundation, of which she is patron. JustGiving.com's managing director Anne-Marie Huby said: "Over the past 10 years, our fundraising community has done some amazing and even crazy things in the name of charity. We're delighted to support their efforts." 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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  4. Nature can be cruel but a bird's got to eat and unfortunately for this heron, starling was on the menu at the WWT National Wetland Centre Wales, Llanelli yesterday. Look away now if you're squeamish... Steve Gunter from our Flickr group (you need to be logged in to view) sent in these remarkable images and had this to say about the deadly encounter: "The heron grabbed the starling whilst it was on the ground in the grass just behind the two. It then proceeded to attack and drown the starling." "This played out over about ten minutes. The heron had several attempts to swallow the starling but just couldn't get it right. He did eventually swallow the poor thing though." It's not uncommon for herons to do this as they're not particularly fussy when it comes to eating but it's rare to capture it on camera. Their normal diet consists of frogs, fish, small mammals, small water birds and fish but they're also partial to the odd starling! Gull

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  5. This year the RSPB celebrates100 years of working in Wales and has come a long way since its humble beginnings. The charity's work protecting birds, wildlife and habitats in Wales started in 1911 with a Mr and Mrs Jones carrying out a small project to look after roseate terns on the island of Llanddwyn, off the coast of Anglesey in North Wales. Llanddwyn Island on Anglesey. Image courtesy of the RSPB. In 1948 RSPB bought it's first nature reserve - Grassholm Island, to protect the third largest gannet colony in the UK. RSPB Cymru now manages 18 nature reserves, covering nearly 17,000 hectares and has already helped save a number of birds such as the red kite, chough and black grouse here in Wales. In 2004, the magnificent osprey nested in Wales for the first time in recorded history, sparking the beginning of the RSPB Glaslyn Osprey Project near Porthmadog. The Glaslyn osprey pair has now successfully raised 15 chicks and last year the site attracted almost 35,000 visitors. RSPB now employs 150 staff members and has over 800 volunteers; attracting over 300,000 visitors and tourists every year to its nature reserves which also offer environmental education experiences to over 9,000 children every year. Aerial view of the gannetry at the RSPB Grassholm nature reserve. Image by John Archer-Thompson, RSPB Images. RSPB Cymru Director, Katie-Jo Luxton, says: "RSPB Cymru's centenary year is something for us to really celebrate as it marks various milestones in conservation in Wales and shows what a difference we've made." "Through our increasing number of nature reserves, we're helping more and more people to enjoy the wildlife of Wales and giving them first hand experiences." "One of the key species that urgently needs our help and we will be fundraising money towards as part of our centenary celebrations, is the curlew." "An RSPB Cymru survey in 2006 showed a decline of 81% in curlew breeding numbers in Wales. It is believed this large wading bird is suffering because much of its habitat has been degraded." A curlew coming in to land in the River Dee by Ashley Cohen. To help celebrate the centenary, RSPB Cymru has also formed a partnership with Girl Guiding Cymru and as part of this, the girls will help survey birds across Wales by taking part in the Big Garden Birdwatch and Volunteer Famer Alliance project. Every Girl Guide in Wales, including Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, leaders and members of the Trefoil Guild, will also spend a day at one of RSPB Cymru's nature reserves, learning about nature and taking part in different activities. To find out more about RSPB Cymru's centenary celebrations please visit www.rspb.org.uk/wales/centenary.

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  6. This afternoon I received an e-mail from John Norman who lives in Bwlchgwyn in Wrexham. He reckons there was 11cm of lying snow in the village earlier today, about 4 inches! I think we have seen the worst of the snow for the time being but there is more rain on the way tonight - some heavy too...

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  7. After 10 years presenting Radio 1's Introducing In Wales, Bethan Elfyn has now handed the reins to Jen Long, whose first show is this Monday at midnight. Jen Long On the BBC Introducing blog, Jen expresses her excitement at taking over from Bethan, who formed part of her own musical education: "It feels strange, to say the least. I've been working on Bethan's show for the last three years making notes, tea, and suggesting hilarious features - Beth From Above, Beth Becomes Her - that strangely never made it to fruition. I was pretty chuffed when I first got that job; I used to listen to Bethan and Huw back in the old days, dancing around my tiny student bedroom." She also talks about her top tips for 2011 and her musical milestones. Concluding, she says in answer to the question as to what her first album was: "I don't remember. I remember trying to buy Take That and Party but it was £8 on cassette in Woolworths and my mum said it was too much and I wasn't allowed. I suppose my entire career is just an effort to recover from that particular childhood atrocity." Get to know Jen better on Radio 1 from midnight this coming Monday.

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  8. Abergavenny singer Sara Kempe came into Radio Wales this morning to talk to Jamie and Louise on the eve of her appearance at the Welsh National. Sara Kempe She'll be singing the Welsh National Anthem at Wales' premier horse race. But it wasn't just that subject that Jamie Owen wanted ...

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  9. A new photography exhibition set to open in Cardiff later this month shows some of Wales' starkest landscapes, which are far from the idyllic, almost clichéd images used to sell the country to potential tourists. Photographer James Morris was born in Griffithstown in south Wales and moved away...

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  10. With the prospect of the forthcoming Six Nations Championship already beginning to loom large in people's minds, many red-blooded Welsh men and women (and Irish and Scots, too, come to that) have once again become suddenly conscious of their Celtic heritage. Celtic Cross on Anglesey We a...

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