Tagged with: Anglesey

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  1. 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 t...

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  2. 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 of volunteering days which will allow people to come and help while also hearing about the work the team carries out on behalf of the National Trust," Bryn Jones the National Trust warden for Anglesey told the North Wales Daily Post. Volunteers are requested to meet at 9am at Hen Blas Cemlyn near Cemaes Bay, and to wear appropriate stout footwear. More information is available by calling 01407 711178.

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  3. No, it's not your local boozer or perhaps it is... but in this instance it's an unusual bird sighting! Black Swans are native to Australia and are the state bird of Western Australia so one to remember for your Black Swan pub quiz. I wonder if I could hypnotise you....if I write the words 'Black Swan' enough in this blog? Image courtesy of Ralph Hillard: Black Swans were first introduced to Britain accidentally after ornamental birds escaped and you can now find them sharing the same types of habitat as our own native swans. In Wales they aren't a common site though, so we were delighted when Ralph Hillard sent in these shots from Anglesey, taken on 4 November: This particular swan was spotted at Cemaes Bay in Anglesey and was happily feeding, swimming, walking and taking short flights with it's white wing tips clearly visible. Has it escaped from somewhere locally? Or did this individual fly in from further afield... Thanks to Mike Thompson for passing on the information and photos. Gull

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  4. Sorry, that should have read woman 'grows' bananas on Anglesey but I wanted to grab your attention. ;) But yes it's true... Kathryn Selfe and her husband have been successfully growing a wide range of exotic fruits including mangos, limes and of course, bananas. Their secret? Polytunnels... ...

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  5. The topic of grey squirrel culling seems to be something of a hot potato lately... Love them or hate them, this problem isn't going to go away any time soon. Greys are currently wiping out our native species of red squirrels but at what point do we intervene or do we just let nature take it's course? A red squirrel, blissfully unaware of its impending doom. Red Squirrel image courtesy of Alan Burfitt. Not only are greys eating the precious food sources of reds and taking over their habitats, they are also destroying native wildlife - eating birds eggs, robbing feeders and generally breeding like rabbits. If all this wasn't enough - they also carry a virus fatal to reds which gives them a rather slow, horrible death. It would appear as if the odds were firmly stacked in favour of the greys. Natural selection perhaps? Has the species merely evolved? Should we intervene? Celebrity chefs have done their bit over the years and every now and again we're encouraged to try cooking squirrel meat (greys not reds in case you're thinking about it!) and informed that its a very low fat, tasty alternative...to what I'm not sure? But I bet it tastes like frogs legs... A grey squirrel planning world domination: Radio Wales have an item on red squirrels on Monday, 19 October from 9am -12pm on the Jamie & Louise show. Have a read of this article in the Guardian online. So should we be actively culling greys or do we opt for establishing 'safe havens' and buffer zones such as Anglesey for red squirrels where trapping has already had a profound effect on the greys population? It's thought that greys will have disappeared from Anglesey within two years... I have to say, when you see a young grey squirrel running across your lawn playing with a prickly horse chestnut in its paws, it's hard to imagine having to 'despatch it' in the name of conservation but if we don't, what's the alternative? I was lucky enough to visit the Galapagos Islands a couple of years ago but there the problem wasn't squirrels - it was goats and rats. Bird and tortoise populations were being decimated on some of the more remote islands so something had to be done quickly to save species from certain extinction. This was a man made problem and for once it was up to man to clear up his own mess. The answer was a brutal one - total extermination using traps and guns and by any other means necessary. I've a feeling they used traps on the rats rather than the rifles though... Helicopters flew over the islands, carrying snipers armed with high powered rifles. The goats didn't stand a chance but the tortoise's food supplies (basically anything green) were made safe - species saved. So what do you think we should do - Are you in favour of a cull? Gull Treat yourself to some squirrel videos Read about the squirrel pox on Guardian.co.uk

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  6. Just a quicky to let you know that radio presenter - Roy Noble will be chatting to orchid experts - Pat O'Reilly and Sue Parker on Thursday, 15 October between 2.30 - 3.15pm on Radio Wales. Here's a common spotted orchid, I photographed on Anglesey earlier this year: The husband and wife team have visited many countries around the world in search of their favourite flower - the wild orchid, including Bulgaria, France, Portugal and Scandinavia. They'll be telling Roy all about their travels and talks on orchid tourism taking place at the National Botanic Garden Of Wales. Gull Video clip of orchids at Kenfig Nature reserve Photos of British Orchids

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  7. The word "Skerry" is the Scottish diminutive of the Old Norse word "sker", meaning a small rocky reef or island.

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  8. One of the filming locations this year will be Cemlyn Bay. As you'll already know from my last blog this place is full of terns.

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  9. Cemlyn Bay is situated on the northern tip of the Anglesey and consists of a crescent shaped pebble beach edged by sea kale, beet, thrift and other hardy marine plants.

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  10. I've just returned from South Stack - an RSPB stronghold with a superb look out tower overlooking the sea cliffs, where nesting guillemots hang precariously to cliff faces, defying gravity.

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