Just a heads up that may be of interest; Miller Argent have appealed the refusal of the above opencast. They put in their 1st notice in the Western Mail on Xmas Eve, their 2nd notice on New Years Eve and those interested have until the 28th January to get their objections in. The application has been split, the first to be dealt with is the fencing off of common land and the blocking of all the relevant public rights of way, see image above. If you visit the UVAG site you can download a letter of objection. As usual Leek & Weston have all the relevant appeal paperwork in PDF format, Leek and Weston can be accessed via the Miller Argent news site.
Bird wise; my first jack snipe of the winter yesterday in the sleet at west point Rhaslas but still no shrike at Garwnant, though Iolo had 1 on the TV last night in the southern clearfell.