Sunday, 29 July 2012

Maesteg Cemetery - cwmdu

Not a lot of bird life around this afternoon 2 juv green woodpecker, 2 buzzard and a couple of house martins, also 3 redpoll over. Here are some of the wild flowers in the area.

HEATH SPOTTED ORCHID   (Dactylorhiza maculata)

 Devils bit - Scabious (Succisa pratensis)

 Spider speices

 Bog ASphodel (Narthecium ossifragum)

GREAT WILLOWHERB (Epilobium hirsutum)

Butterfly's of note were ringlet, meadow brown, green vained white, small copper, also golden ringed dragonfly

Saturday, 28 July 2012

Kenfig rivermouth area.

                                  Sanderling ( Photo by CG)
                                     Sanderling, around 60 were on the beach.
                                    Six spot burnet
                                    Meadow Grasshopper ( Chorthippus parallelus),
                                    pink form.
                                    Villa modesta
                                   New bridge over the river. A few GBB, Herring and
                                   Black headed gulls and a Sandwich tern also on the beach.
                                   A Mute swan with two cygnets and 3 Grey heron were
                                   on the saltmarsh pools which were still too full for any
                                   waders. Several Sand martin and a Kingfisher were at
                                   the river, two Silver Y moths and plenty of Meadow brown
                                   and Gatekeeper butterflies were seen. Emperor dragonflies,
                                   Black tailed skimmers and Beautiful demoiselles were also

Thursday, 26 July 2012


                                           Carcina quercana

Abercregan moth light

                                   True lovers knot
                                   Catoptria pinella.
                                   34 species in all including Iron prominent, Heath
                                   rustic, Small rufous, Buff tip and Buff arches.

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Brynllywarth moth light,.

                                57 species in all with this Epinotia brunnichana being
                                new for me. Also Dingy shell, Dot moth, Coronet,
                                Elephant hawkmoth, Swallowtail moth, Sandy carpet,
                                Iron prominent and Lesser swallow prominent.

Tuesday, 24 July 2012


                               Found another new moth for the valley this morning, two
                               Leucoptera spartifoliella were tapped from a Broom bush.


Monday, 23 July 2012


The year was 2008 the date 23rd july exactly 4 years to the day that this young nightjar had left the nest

Nantyffyllon moth light.

                                      Poplar hawkmoth
                                      Scarce burnished brass ( new for the valley)
                                      Chamomile shark larva ( new for the valley)
                                      47 species in total including Dark/Grey dagger
                                       and the first Antler of the season.

Mynydd bach

                                  White foxglove.

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Gilfach Margam - Cwm Kenfig

A view of cwm kenfig valley.
A walk down along the forestry track from the clear fells at the top of gilfach margam brings you down to this open area where you can view across and up the cwm kenfig valley. Birds of note were raven 7 in a group, redpoll, linnet, crossbill, chiffchaff, buzzard, redkite, peregrine/hobby? flew over forestry and out of view too quick to id, also on the clear fell on top 1 male goshawk trying to get his talon's into 2 ravens, 1 family of stonechat, meadow pipits feeding young. Butterflies on the wing were ringlets 7, meadow brown 5, green veined white 1.

Tufted vetch (vicia cracca)

Catsear (Hypochaeris radicata or Hypochoeris radicata) also known as flatweed

Pink Campion (Silene dioica)

Green vained white butterfly sunning itself.

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Kenfig pool

                                     Common lizard, female
                                     Common lizard
                                      Soldier beetle
                                     Blue tailed damselfly with prey
                                     Pammene aurana
                                    Small blue butterfly.
                                    Reed, Sedge and Cetti's warbler all singing, a Water rail
                                    was heard and the Mute swan pair have one Cygnet.
                                    Oh, and it was SUNNY!

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

If it wasn't for the rain... part 2.

                                  Micropterix aruncella
                               Rosy footman
                               Garden tiger
                                Gold spot.
                                Photos taken this time last year. It looks like there is a
                                possibility of good weather ahead, the jet stream causing
                                our rain is pushing north this weekend and will hopefully
                                stay that way.

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Gilfach margam

Buzzard 10, raven 4, tree pipit 1, wood pigeon 7, redpoll 1, swift 12, goldfinch 2, pied wagtail 1, meadow pipit 13, crossbill 5, herring gull 1, skylark 5, stonechat 2 male 1 female carrying food, greenfinch 1, green woodpecker 1, red kite 1, sedge warbler 1, also 1 lizzard 2 ringlet 1 silver y moth.

This family of swallows are ready to leave the nest.

Fox glove Digitalis purpurea.
Meadow vetchling Lathyrus pratensis


Silver Y

Self heal Prunella vulgaris

Thursday, 12 July 2012


                                        Small skipper
                                        Small skipper
                                        Evergestis pallidata.
                                        Also Large skipper and Ringlet.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Mumbles head.

                                          Black headed gull
                                           Mediterranean gull
                                          Mediterranean gull
                                           Grayling butterfly.