A Wildlife Year

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Our Wildlife Year

Looking after God’s creation here at St. Madoc Centre is a vital part of our work.  Our land has a diverse mix of habitats and this means that we also have a large number of species here. 

Here is an idea of some of the wildlife to look out for season by season.  Don’t forget your binoculars!

Spring

Wander through our woods and on our cliffs to see a riot of blue and yellow.  See carpets of Bluebells, Buttercups, Primroses and Lesser Celandine.  Look out for the purple Common Dog Violet in the woods and listen to Great Spotted Woodpeckers drumming on trees.  The first Adders, likely to be male are emerging from hibernation. Black Oil Beetles are emerging and the first queen, Red-tailed Bumblebees of the year are searching for new nest sites.  Honeybees from our apiary, run by Gower Honey Co-operative are feeding up on the spring flowers on sunny days. 

Summer

Trees are now in full leaf and butterflies are taking full advantage of good weather.  Common Blue, Wall and Grayling are foraging in the dunes and on the headland.  Mining bees frantically fly about constructing burrows, mating and collecting pollen. Buzzards and Kestrels hunt for small mammals and Rabbits or soar on thermals overhead.  The pond buzzes with dragonflies and damselflies.

Autumn/Winter

This is a good time to look for fungi.  Please do not pick them - most of them are highly poisonous.  Leave them for others to enjoy.  Red Lead Roundhead are numerous on bark chippings and King Alfred’s Cakes (a solid, black lump) appears on many types of wood).  See the pond for the last hawker dragonflies of the year up and Large Red Damselfly.  Jackdaws gather in large flocks, wheeling and murmurating as daylight fades.  Tawny Owls ‘tu-whit’ and ‘tu-who’ in the trees.

 


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