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Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Tuesday 21st July - The Royal Welsh Show

Shwmae bawb!

Yesterday we visited the Royal Welsh Show in Llanelwedd, Powys. It's the biggest agricultural show in Western Europe. There were lots of stands about nature and wildlife. My family joined the Wildlife Nature Trust so that we can learn more about local and British wildlife.

On their stand we saw this Bug Hotel which is a great idea for encouraging insects and bees in your garden. I love bugs! My favourite is the Dung Beetle (Chwilen Du / Chwilen y Dom / Chwilen y Tail) Scarabaeoidea.

So today we began building our own Bug Hotel. My Dad got some old pallets from my Nan's house and set them up in a corner of the garden. 

Here's the pallets.

This is the corner we chose.

We have a butterfly hotel already - but no guests today.

Dad used some logs to hold the pallets.

So this is it so far - two floors. 
We need more pallets! Watch this space!

Here's good guide from Merthyr Tudful council on how to build a Bug Hotel - here.

Also at the Royal Welsh, I had my picture taken with this beautiful Kestrel (Cudyll Coch)

Cudyll Coch

But we had a big surprise when we went to the toilet in one of the big exhibition halls. There was a nest of Swallows (Gwenoliaid) above the door of the Gents! The parents came in to feed the four babies every minute or so. Here's a video my Dad took. I hope they'll be OK there.

Another interesting wildlife day! Diwrnod diddorol arall!

Pob hwyl! See ya!

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Sunday 19th July - first blog entry!

Shwmae! Hi there!
My name is Cadi and this is my nature blog. My first entry is from Pembrokeshire in Wales, UK. Hope you enjoy it!

Morning - In Llwyngwair Wood
Weather: damp and soggy

At 8:00am on Sunday Morning I went to the woods with my Dad and we saw a White throated Dipper. The Welsh name for this bird is 'Bronwen y Dŵr' (White Breasted Water Bird) 

Latin name : Cinclus Cinclus

In the Nevern river we saw many brown trout swimming in a deep pool. The Welsh name for the Brown Trout is 'Brithyll y Môr' ('Brith' means 'speckled' or 'spotted')

Latin Name: Salmo Trutta

We also saw some Badger (Meles Meles) set holes. The Welsh for badger is Mochyn Daear (this literally means 'Earth Pig'). In Welsh the name pig is given to lots of animals e.g. a Woodlouse is called a 'Mochyn y Coed' (literally 'Wood Pig').

But they looked old badger holes. There were no signs of actual badgers.

The Housemartins (Gwenoliaid Bronwen - Whitebreasted Swallows) were also busy.


At Newport Beach – Traeth Mawr

Weather: a sunny time

At  one o’clock I went to the beach and I found some crabs. (Welsh: 'Cranc')
 To be honest we don’t now what type of crabs we found - if you know, get in touch. It might be a Shore Crab
We also found a dead Jellyfish (Sglefren y Môr) and caught a huge Shrimp (Berdysen) in the rock pools.

We had a great day looking out for wildlife. I learnt a lot. I hope this blog will help me learn more. I hope you learnt a few things and I hope the Welsh names were interesting too.

Pob hwyl!  See ya!