OCTOBER 2015 - THE HORSETAIL POND GETS A CLEAN-UP.
On Friday 16th October, Sally Morgan (Keep Wales Tidy) and Elizabeth Winstanley Gwent Wildlife Trust) took a group of students from Coleg Gwent up to clear the Horsetail Pond. The vegetation they removed was left in a pile on the bank to allow any invertebrates etc to make their way back into the water.
The Friends held a volunteer day on 8th August, with litter-picking combined with an insect survey. Species recorded:
Broad-bodied Chaser Dragonfly, Common Blue Damselfly, Common Carder Bee, Red-tailed Bumblebee
Red Admiral Butterfly, Large White Butterfly, Small Skipper Butterfly, Gatekeeper Butterfly ,Ringlet Butterfly, Meadow Brown Butterfly
JULY 2015- A MESSAGE TO ALL ANGLERS
THIS WAS THE RESULT OF SOME DISCARDED FISHING LINE - THIS DEAD CYGNET WAS FOUND IN THE MACHINE POND TODAY. PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE UNWANTED FISHING LINE IN OR AROUND THE POND.
ANNUAL BIRD SURVEY - 16th MAY 2015. (Report By the Friends Chair Nicholas Beswick)
The annual bird survey of Parc Nant-y-Waun took place on Saturday 15 May 2015. Despite breezy conditions, 35 species were recorded. Two Coots were on nests on Machine Pond. Sadly, the resident Mute Swans have lost their nest owing to human disturbance - perhaps those responsible might like to know that deliberately disturbing or destroying a wild bird's nest is a criminal offence. The Great Crested Grebes have not nested either so far.
On a more positive note, highlights included Swallows, Swifts and a Sand Martin over the pond; the latter is only an occasional visitor. Around the Parc, numerous birds were singing, including recently-arrived migrant warblers: Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Whitethroat and Sedge Warbler (a new species record for the Parc).
To download a PDF file listing the birds found in the survey, please click HERE.