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Martin Aaron Martin Aaron | 16:01 UK time, Friday, 23 April 2010

A quick round up of nature and outdoors news from this week:

Farming Awards

Alun Wyn Evans has beaten off stiff competition to be named Wales' winner of the Nature of Farming Award, a competition run by the RSPB and Countryfile magazine.

Mr Evans's 55-hectare farm in Meirionnydd, NW Wales is a haven for breeding lapwing and attracts yellowhammer and curlew, which are all in serious decline in Wales.

His farm is also home to a variety of plants such as the eye-catching marsh orchids and yellow irises.
 
Surfing

It looks like the three week wave drought is finally over! as low pressure heads our way on Sunday and into next week. Surfing widows everywhere will no doubt breathe a sigh of relief.

The Welsh National Surfing Championships are scheduled to take place from 1-3 May at Freshwater West in Pembroksehire - a real testing ground for any surfer. More on that next week.

Walking

The first in a series of 9 guided walks in 9 different locations over the coming 9 months
led by the National Trust on Gower took place this week.


30 people joined Sarah Stevens, the local National Trust Warden, for a leisurely paced walk around the cliff tops of Worms Head, FallBay and Mewslade.

 

The next walk is on Sunday 30 May taking in Pennard Cliffs, Pwll Du and BishopstonValley.

 

There is a charge of £3 per person and booking is essential. For further information please call 01792 390636


Gardening


A small corner of Anglesey will explode into colour next week as the rhododendron garden at Plas Newydd comes into bloom. Over 50 varieties are crammed into the 5 acre garden owned by the National Trust, which is open from now until the end of June.


Bird spotting


The BBC Osprey cam is once again operational so you can spy on the osprey's nesting at Glaslyn. Apparently there are three eggs in the nest now so great news


Photography


Unless you've had your head buried in the sand over the last fortnight you'll be aware that the volcanic eruption over in Iceland produced some spectacular sunsets thanks to all the ash floating around in the atmosphere and a lack of rain. The gallery we compiled with your photos featured some spectacular shots.


Skomer Marine Nature Reserve


Celebrated it's 20th Annniversary and I popped along to see if I could photograph a puffin from a boat - I had mixed results!. You can read all about it in a previous blog.


Fake eggs are good for business


Fake eggs are being offered to businesses by Cardiff Council to cope with nuisance seagulls during breeding season.


Traffic in SW Wales


There's been a bad accident on the M4 west bound between J33 and J35 which has been closed off. The M4 section is due to open again later this evening.


That's it for now. Hope you've enjoyed the blogs this week.


If you've got anything you'd like me to feature in this blog, then e-mail me at wales.nature@bbc.co.uk and I'll do my best to give it a mention.


Have a great weekend and slap on plenty of sun cream!


Gull


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