Thursday, 20 July 2017

Lavernock Pt

Just a heads up that WTSWW are having an open day at Lavernock WT Reserve on Sun 6th Aug from 12:00 midday to 4 p.m. Lead walks will leave on the hour throughout the afternoon.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017


Nothing exciting but 2 juv Whitethroats seen [1 nr dragonfly pond and 1 near Med Village], Mute Swan pair with 4 cygnets [they started with 5], 1 ad Heron W lake. 2 Ad sum plum Black-headed Gulls were new returning arrivals.

Sunday, 25 June 2017


V. quiet at Cosmeston this morning in the annoying strong wind. The Mute Swan pair seem to have lost 1 of their 5 cygnets, sadly. W lake had 2 GRey Herons [an ad and an imm] and a few Sand Martin. Leps comprised Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Red Admiral, Common Blue, and a Small Skipper. A Buzzard was doing a lot of mewing above the far end of Cogan Wood.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017


Best wildlife at Cossie this morning was a Hummingbird Hawkmoth at c.ST173698 at the far end of E paddock beyond where the large patch of Bee Orchids were [they have now gone over]. People were apparently looking for the Night Heron from 5 a.m. until about 09:30 to no avail. Also lots of Ringlets on the wing now and a Small Skipper was in the same area as the moth.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Cosmeston - Night Heron!!

Glamorgan Bird Club member Annie Irving, found this adult Night Heron at Cosmeston this morning. It wasn't showing when I went this afternoon but showed well both in the tree opposite the main bridge and in flight, at 7:30 onwards in the evening.  Click each pic for a bigger one.

Friday, 9 June 2017


At Lavernock there was 1 Manx Shearwater down channel during a v brief visit.
Then on to Cosmeston:
Just a few photos from  brief visit this morning:

Interesting photo of Reed Warbler with a scrap of reed

male Reed Bunting

This LBBG was very vocal

Sunday, 4 June 2017


Orchids are doing great now. There are about 100 spikes of Pyramidal just coming into flower at the end of E paddock on the left just before the kissing gate onto the Mile Road track. So now that's c.100 Pyramidal, 100+ Bee, 1000's of Common Spotted, 4 Greater Butterfly, a few Southern Marsh, and Twayblade and Early Purple that have now gone over.
Bird-wise today there were just a few House- and Sand Martins over W lake between the showers, a male Reed Bunting by the Snipe paddock and Reed Warbler still singing by E lake boardwalk.
Pyramidal Orchid

Pyramidal Orchid

Pyramidal & Common Spotted


Southern Marsh Orchid

Thursday, 1 June 2017


Another flowery/insect walk this morning as birds v quiet, altough 3 Buzzards were over W paddock. The Greater Butterfly Orchids were in flower [just 3 spikes], Bee Orchids still looking good, and quite a few Dragonflies at the Draongfly Pond incl Black-tailed Skimmer and 4-Spotted Chaser per photos, plus a coupe of Emperors, and a Beautiful Demoiselle, and plenty of Common Blue and Blue-tailed Damsels.
Greater Butterfly Orchid

Bee Orchid

Black-tailed Skimmer

4-Spotted Chaser

Wednesday, 31 May 2017


A few photos from a walk round this morning. Best was an area with at least 60 flowering spikes of Bee Orchid. The Dog Roses are putting on a good show. I'm pretty sure the dragonfly is a female Emperor, ovipositing at the dipping pond.
Bee Orchid

Violet sp

Dog Rose

Dog Rose

Ox-eye Daisy and micro moth sp

Coot Foot!

f Emperor?

Thursday, 25 May 2017


Cosmeston this morning. Pretty quiet bird wise. The Coot was interesting - the ads were with the young on the dipping pond the other day, then this morning they had built a new nest which they and the chicks are using. This is definitely a new nest and not the one the hatched in. O/W Common Blue, Common Spotted Orchid, Twayblade [first one I've seen there], and a grab shot of a Buzzard flying over by the cafe, with my bridge camera.

Saturday, 13 May 2017


The Yellow Flag Irises [Iris pseudacorus] are out now and looking good. Only bird highlights were 3 Grey Heron and a pair of displaying GC Grebes on W lake and a Jay by the E lake boardwalk.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Lavernock WT reserve & Cosmeston

Lavernock reserve - 3 Comm Whitethroat singing by the 1st field, 10+ Blackcap, Chiffchaff nice spike of Early Purple Orchid, 2 Oycs, 3 Whimbrel and 4 fly-by Shelduck at St Mary's Well Bay. Several Holly Blue, Orange Tip, Speckled Wood.

Cosmeston - Green Woodpecker calling, pair of Mistle Thrush, Brimstone [3], Comma [2], Orange Tip, Holly Blue, Speckled Wood.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Lavernock Reserve

A Common Whitethroat was singing in a tree by the main entrance gate this morning. Also at least 6 Blackcaps singing. In St Mary's Well Bay there were just 3 Oycs and 2 Shelduck. There was a nice show of Cowslips dotted around and a few Holly Blues on the wing.

Holly Blue

Tuesday, 25 April 2017


Some recent photos:
Jackdaw with nest material

Large Red Damselfly

Large Red Damselfly

Long-tailed Tit

V tame Squirrel

Friday, 21 April 2017

Cosmeston a.m.

A Common Sandpiper flew from the far shore of E lake and appeared to head into W lake but I couldn't relocate it there. There were several Reed Warbler singing in the E lake reed bed by the boardwalk although not visible. Also 4-5 male Reed Buntings flitting and chasing around there. Also had a damselfly of some sort - took a pic but am now away for w/e without camera.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Cosmeston a.m.

2 Reed Warblers were visible in the flattened centre of W lake reeds, my first of the year. Had brief views of a male Wheatear on the twmp beyond the dragonfly pond before it flew off high to the west. Apparently there was a fem too [per Graham Smith]. Thx to Jeff Curtis for the heads up re the Wheatear.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017


Highlights this morning: 1 male Pere flew over > N; 1 Lesser Whitethroat about 50m beyond the dragonfly pond but quite flighty - didn't sing; 6 Swallow; shed loads of Blackcaps singing. In Cogan Wood, 1 Brimstone, several Orangetip, 2 Comma and a Holly Blue, and what I think was a Buff-tailed Bumblebee..
Buff-tailed Bumblebee?


Holly Blue

Holly Blue