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Friday, 8 August 2014

A wildlife safari.

 Yesterday I was kindly taken on a safari through the wilds of Ffos Las by Maggie James, looking for clouded yellows and anything else that may turn up. It was a nice sunny day, and sure enough the clouded yellows turned up as promised. In all we had 3 clouded yellows, a brimstone and many other butterflies. Also various dragonflies on the ponds and scrapes including a black-tailed skimmer. Plus a brown hare that posed for a while before hurtling off.

Clouded Yellow

Black-tailed skimmer

Brown Hare

Ffos Las is an exiting place to visit. Easy access, plenty of space and lots of different habitats - where you feel anything may turn up. It was a good way to spend a sunny morning. Many thanks Maggie!


  1. Glad that you`ve visited Ffos-las Colin - it`s a fine site, and rich in wildlife (as you found); pleased too that you visited Cynheidre recently and such ex-brownfield sites are worth re-visiting (and trapping) throughout the spring and summer to early autumn.
    Some other worthwhile localities near your new home (should you wish to visit this year or next) are: Ffarm Fach just NE of Horeb (at SN506065 etc -nice pastures and fantastic views; footpath and pleasant landowner); the SE of Myrtle Hill area (SN507059 etc) used to be good in the 1980s and the fishing lakes at Glyn Sylen SN 501070 etc) are also worthwhile. If you can ascertain and get access from Iroshill (just S of Five Roads, SN490048 etc), then the rhos-pastures there could also be productive....a lot to potentially explore in your new patch if you wanted to!
    Good to see you blogging again after the stresses of moving home!

  2. Ffos-las has got to be good for diurnal Micros - I just wish I had some spare time! I'm not sure there's anything I can use to attract my kids to play there either.

    Today's trip to Pembrey Country Park with them produced a Lime-speck Pug and a Notocelia incarnatana in the loo block, and mines of 7 spp of Micro near the playpark (including the 2nd Carms record of Stigmella sakhalinella on Birch).