Sunday, 26 April 2015

Rhaslas Great Crested Newts, what else has been missed.

Managed to get out by 13:00 hours today and was surprised to find any birds still present at Rhaslas; RP2, LP3 including 1pr on usual territory [please will all birders stay off the bank, we have been accused of causing so much disturbance last year that neither RP & LP bred - apparently a water extraction pump, staff and ancillary vehicles, 4 wheel drives conveying management to the adjacent land fill site, motor bikes or dog walkers do not disturb ground nesting birds but those armed with binoculars do, you've been warned]. Also present a single DN.
Llwyn-onn north end [mud]; CS3 still present together with a single DN also a passage LP was present on the 23rd.

Hot News; great crested newts have been found at Rhaslas during the last week or so. How careless to have missed this species during the ecological surveys. The alternative of course is that they have only just arrived as a result of the reptile fence alongside the Bogey Road being (a) not regularly maintained (b) recently removed under NRW directions [the fence being in situ since Ffos-y-fran opencast began].

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