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Thursday, 25 May 2017

In the hills again...

For our first proper jolly this year, Nigel Stringer and I went today (25/5) to the Rhandirmwyn area, followed by a quick visit to some woodland near Cilycwm.
At the disused lead mine site at Nant y Mwyn, I flushed quite a lot of Ancylis unguicella from dry, heathery banks, a species new to me and with only seven previous Carmarthenshire records ( and even fewer in Glamorgan). A few other (common) micros were recorded at this site and also later at the Nant y Rhaeadr conifer woodland block (where we took the wrong path, which meant that we did n`t reach the intended upland outcrops). A beautiful snout was swept from bilberry, but it would n`t stay still for a decent photo.

                                      Above: spoil tips and shingle at the old lead mine site.
                          Above: Ancylis unguicella. Thanks to George for confirming the i/d.

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