Monday, 27 April 2015

Not much to report....

As in Vaughn`s preceding blog, I too was disappointed in the state of Carmarthenshire`s countryside today - my first `proper` jolly of the spring. We went to Banc Bwlch Trebannau, a block of commonland (I think) near Porthyrhyd and NE of Llandovery. My only moth was the common micro Cydia ulicetana once again, on gorse as is normal for this species.
The birds were quite nice at this good viewpoint (that has views in most directions), with an unseen yellowhammer and cuckoo singing, skylarks and pipits, all on the still naturally-vegetated hill and with a singing pied flycatcher and redstart in nearby open woodland.
But what struck me was the ever-increasing dominance of fertilised, green fields, including the hill-slopes in the surrounding landscape, whereas, thirty or so years ago, I recalled that a proportion would still be wildlife-rich rhosydd. Looking northwards across a now completely nitrogen-green valley bottom, I could imagine snipe and curlews there in previous decades. With the more obvious birds, of course, would be an accompanying suite of lepidoptera - all now vanished.

                           Above: looking S. across improved fields towards Bannau Sir Gar.

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