Archives for March 2009

See evolution in your own back yard

Martin Aaron Martin Aaron | 11:43 UK time, Monday, 30 March 2009

How do you fancy contributing to one of the world's largest ever evolutionary studies? You don't have to be a boffin to take part and what's more, you don't even need to go any further than your own back yard.

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A walk on the wild side

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Martin Aaron Martin Aaron | 12:56 UK time, Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Following on from last week's black grouse blog, Des James of the RSPB, has been in touch to tell us how this year's guided walks in Llandegla Forest have been going so far.

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Badger cull debate

Martin Aaron Martin Aaron | 09:26 UK time, Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Up to 1,000 badgers could be trapped and shot in north Pembrokeshire following the announcement yesterday of plans for a pilot cull.

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Guess who's back?

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Martin Aaron Martin Aaron | 15:06 UK time, Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Wales' only pair of breeding ospreys have just returned to their familiar stomping ground for the fifth year running.

Following a 3,000 mile journey from their wintering ground in west Africa, the male landed safely back at Glaslyn last Saturday with the female following on a day later.

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Hides

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Martin Aaron Martin Aaron | 13:38 UK time, Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Hides really show you Welsh wildlife at its best: close-up and in great variety.

Last weekend I biked up to Forest Farm nature reserve in Cardiff and spent a good couple of hours in their two hides. Tucked right under the M4, Forest Farm is a strange place for wildlife but it runs close to the River Taff and has a good spread of birds and other species in its woodland and pond habitats.

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Spectacular starlings

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Martin Aaron Martin Aaron | 10:24 UK time, Monday, 23 March 2009

Check out this stunning footage of starlings coming in to roost, captured by a contributor to the BBC North East Wales website.

Craig Smith, a volunteer warden at Marchwiel Marsh, near Wrexham, got in touch after filming the birds' display earlier this month.

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The reasons for these spectacular cloud-like gatherings which can involve hundreds of thousands of birds, have yet to be established for certain although it's believed the behaviour is intended to confuse predators.

Want to see more starlings?

We'd love to hear from you if you've spotted starlings flocking in your area. You can also upload pictures or videos via the BBC Wales Nature Flickr group.

Black grouse strut their stuff

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Martin Aaron Martin Aaron | 15:54 UK time, Thursday, 19 March 2009

Did you know that when it comes to wild and wacky courtship displays, Wales is a little-known hot-bed? And we're not talking about St Mary's Street on a Saturday night here.

It's the black grouse mating season and Coed Llandegla Forest in Denbighshire is one of the few places in the UK where you can get to see the beautiful glossy black birds strutting their stuff close up.

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