Welcome to the Llynfi valley nature blog, which will feature all aspects of wildlife found in the valley and surrounding areas. Sightings from further afield will also be included, along with postings of highlights from the past.
A walk around the cemetery area starting with the pond at Maesteg comprehensive school. Here i came across the first Anasimyia contracta for the valley recording scheme but caution must be taken as this could also be the rarer Anasimyia transfuga but need a photo from directly above to be 100%.
Also at the pond was a Black horned cleg haemotopota crassicornis
A walk around the meadows and rear of council yard at cemetery
New species of hoverfly for the valley, i've been searching the marshy habitat near the sewage works for Chalcosyrphus nemorum all spring in the hope of coming across one, but today i not only found one but 3, one was on buttercup next to the road the other two on vegetation near the Marsh marigold in the woods a new species for me personally so very happy also the first of the Platycheirus rosarum and granditarsus that has been recorded on the UK HOVERFLIES face book page this year
A walk along the forestry track checking out the dandelion for some hoverflies species and was rewarded with a few Chrysotoxum arcuatum 4 in total also had my first Sericomyia silentis of the year followed by my first Leucozona lucorum of the year. But the best was saved for last a first for the valley and i think Glamorgan which has been agreed by some experts but not fully by Roger morris but he seems to think its good for Parasyrphus malinellus he's not back until monday to get the confimation that i need so fingers crossed. Also cuckoo calling sedge and grasshopper singing along with 2 pairs of crossbill in conifers