Carneddau Ponies

Living in the Carneddau range of mountains (being the largest contiguous area of high ground in Wales & England) are a true gem of wild Wales – the Carneddau Ponies. These rare ponies are a glorious insight in to British equines of the past. It is believed that they have roamed freely across these beautiful


So we’re having something of a Harry Potter marathon this week. Last week ,in preparation, I finally completed my Pottermore registration. What’s really cool is that Tamsin & I have ended up in the same houses at both Hogwarts & Ilvermorny. That is, Hufflepuff & Thunderbird. So by way of a little celebration here is

Pipistrelle – Bat Report

Spent a few enjoyable hours recording bat calls last night – here’s a report on some of our insect eating friends, including some recordings to listen to:  Date: 3rd August 2010  Sunset: 9:05pm  Duration: 9:00pm to 12:10am  Location: Foel Friog   Weather: 100% Overcast, quite a dark night; 14degC; occasional spots of rain; little breeze, almost

Grey Seal – Coastal Carnivore

The Grey Seal (Halichoerus grypus) is a large carnivorous mammal living in the coastal waters of the North Atlantic ocean. Their Latin name Halichoerus grypus translates as “hook nosed sea pig”. Over half of the global population is to be found in British waters.    Grey Seal hauled out on rocks – click to view

“Brock” The Eurasian Badger (Meles meles)

The Eurasian Badger (Meles meles) is a shy nocturnal mammal; it is a member of the family Mustelidae. They are opportunistic omnivores who manage to survive on what their environment offers them; more on that later, here’s a picture:    Click image for a larger view … Adult badgers typically weigh 10 or 11 kg