Nature

Our telephone box now has a white board with observations and suggestions concerning the natural world around us. Check it out! Also, do add to it anything of interest you’ve seen. Hmm, that’s open to misinterpretation …

Those of you with eagle eyes may have seen our semi- resident red kite drifting through the sky above the village. It looks like a very large buzzard but with an out-of-control tail that wafts about in the breeze.

Last year I saw the bird flying over Manor Farm around the large pine trees by Church Lane. The bird may be looking for a nest site and the pine trees could be ideal. I saw a bird again last week flying west to east across the fields near Mead Corner.

They are spectacular bird in the air and it is amazing to think that with a little help from us, their numbers have soared in the last 40 years. At that time there were only a very few pairs left breeding in west Wales. The blood line was so in-bred that the birds hardly had any chance of survival. Also, most Welsh hill farmers disliked them very much. With the introduction of some fresh blood stock from Sweden the red kite population has soared. They live on carrion so no problems to livestock or poultry.

Keep an eye out for them and let us know if you see one by marking it up in the phone box. Better still see if you can take a photo!


2nd-3rd March

Now is the time to get you bird boxes up in your Garden; the National Nest Box week (yes there is one) has just finished. Designs of nest boxes are up in the village information exchange (the old phone box) or you can go onto www.bto.org website and click on the nest box link.

There are also several other really interesting links; follow the migration route of some semi-local cuckoos. The tawny owl calling survey is interesting and something that the village could get involved in.

A new survey is on Spotted Flycatchers.

I am particularly interested in this fabulous little insect eating bird; it was once common but has been steadily declining. It often sits on a wire (fence, phone or electric) and then darts off to catch an insect and then back to its perch, all in a blur. The little bird arrives from north Africa about May time, so we have time to get our eye in.