Nature Notes

Natural History notes specifically from my home along the banks of the Afon Dulas in Dyfi Forest, Wales.

Squirrel Nutkin returns

The local squirrels are in fine and mischievous fettle this spring. The grey squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) can breed twice per year, with the first mating season beginning in spring. After mating the female will drive the male out of her chosen tree, where she will give birth about 6...


Conservation at my home

It strikes me that I don’t post very much about my home patch. There’s lots that we can all do to help our planet, it’s flora & fauna. Whilst photographing, educating & evangelising is great, it is also important to ‘do our bit’; so what have we been doing,...


Long-tailed Field Mouse (Apodemus sylvaticus)

The long-tailed field mouse or wood mouse, as he is sometimes called, occurs across most of Europe including the UK. They are mainly nocturnal, living in woods, fields & hedgerows. Only occasionally will they visit houses and then only when hungry & in the absence of house mice. This...


European Robin (Erithacus rubecula)

These beautiful little birds, a garden favourite here in the UK, have been having a tough time in the recent spell of winter weather. The British variety is in fact a sub species called “Erithacus rubecula melophilus”. Several Robin’s have been visiting our feeders and I thought I’d share...