Jeremy Douglas-Jones photographed these two terrapins (presumably Red-eared Terrapins Chrysemis scripta) at Broad Pool, which he saw there on the 12th and 13th. Jeremy expressed concerns about these reptiles possibly breeding and taking their toll on the local wildlife. If anyone has first-hand experience of adverse effects from these animals I'd be interested to hear. I saw the regular five in the top collection pond at WWT last Sunday also enjoying some sun; to my knowledge these animals have never bothered the collection ducks there and seem to coexist quite happily. As regards breeding, I suspect our climate is not warm enough for this, but please correct me if I'm wrong.
Just checked the database and I noticed that Mark Newton saw two Red-eared Terrapins at Broad Pool on 29th May 2006, which I suspect were the same individuals. Other places where these animals have been seen in recent years are Singleton Park, Gnoll Lake and Country Park, Fendrod Lake and Graigfelen, Clydach. I'd be interested to know of anymore sightings elsewhere in our area.