Lamb Whispering


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Very little gets written on these pages specifically about livestock on members’ meadows. Probably rightly so, but after Rachel’s plug for pictures, here’s a little piece about our own experiences. We realised very early on that we couldn’t manage some … Continue reading

Shooting For Snipe (With a Camera!)


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Like many readers, I guess, we’re still under the cosh of the Beast from the East up here, with minus 14 degrees C measured on occasion, and horrendous wind chill. Though for now we’ve escaped the worst of the snow. … Continue reading

Bumblebee Surveys In Carmarthenshire; Spawning in Local Ponds


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Thanks to Isabel for forwarding on information about these 2 surveys which will probably interest a lot of our members and readers: Bee Wild West Wales Bumblebee Survey 2018 Here at Bumblebee Conservation Trust Wales we are looking forward to … Continue reading

Two interesting links

Two updates that may be of interest:

First, thanks to Andrew for this link to the current “British Wildlife”.

There is often discussion on the possible benefits (nutritional or pharmaceutical) to livestock from the the variety of wild plants in herb-rich grassland, either from direct grazing or from winter feed of hay or haylage.  There has been a review of evidence in the available literature carried out by Cath Shellswell of Plantlife.

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Second, the PONT conference,  “Farming, Nature and Food – Grazing for the Future” is coming up on 7 -8 February at the Dragon Hotel, The Kingsway, Swansea.

For more information and easy online booking visit


Thanks for reading, and remember I’m always happy to receive any suitable articles or photos to include as blog posts. Please send them to me…

Julian Wormald…

Insect Biomass Decline – Follow Up; Provisional Programme for 2018.


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Thanks very much for this detailed follow up by Andrew to the short piece I featured in a previous post on a German study hinting at significant declines in insect biomass over a 25 year period. Everyone (well, anyone who … Continue reading

Pine Marten Meeting; Marsh Fritillary Grassland Management; Grassland Fungi Field Guide Book Launch


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Many thanks to Andrew for supplying details of this upcoming meeting which may be of interest to members… WILDLIFE TRUST SOUTH & WEST WALES YMDDIRIEDOLAETH NATUR DE A GORLLEWIN CYMRU  East Carmarthenshire Group   ANNUAL PUBLIC LECTURE   “POISED ON … Continue reading

Hedge recovery; Badgers and Chafer Grubs; Flying Insect Decline.


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Many thanks to Andrew for this update on some of his hedge laying, at Ffos y Broga: Last autumn we decided to put the treeline on the S side of our middle field back to a hedge.  It had clearly … Continue reading

Devil’s Fingers/Octopus Stinkhorn and Fairy Fingers. Local food Hub.


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Very many thanks to Lynne for sending me this piece recently on an amazing (first in Wales) find she made in one of her meadows near Abergorlech. Do look at the time lapse video captured by “Steve’s Nature and Travel” … Continue reading

Scything Course Report


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Very many thanks for this report and the photos supplied by Andrew, of the recently held manual scything course, which a number of CMG members attended… Having once used an old English pattern scythe many years ago, and decided it … Continue reading