It is well-documented (Birds in Wales Welsh Bird Report 2012, Bird Atlas 2007-11) that the Green Woodpecker is declining in the western part of its range in the UK and is now apparently extinct in Pembrokeshire. In this context I was particularly pleased to find that juvenile Green Woodpeckers have fledged successfully in the extreme west of Gower in Mewslade valley. The adult female is with a juvenile female in the photos below, taken today, July 8.
Although this species is declining further west it seems to be holding its own locally, as the map below shows (Gower
Ornithological Society data).
07 July 2014
on the first night in 5 years when I've noticed migration in my garden in Sketty and sorry for the delay. Third Glamorgan record unless I've misread the excellent Moths of Glamorgan or anyone's had one post publication...............
06 July 2014
03 July 2014
|Small Hairy Screw-moss on Ohio Buckeye|
01 July 2014
Barrel Jellyfish in water off Mumbles Pier
photographed by Barry Nicholls
This photograph of a Barrel Jellyfish was take by Barry Nicholls last Tuesday afternoon from the end of Mumbles Pier. Barry said it was about the size of a coffee table. Others have been washed up on the beaches locally (e.g. Oxwich), but seeing them like this in the water is spectacular. Look out for Leatherback Turtles that follow the swarms.