Spring declared as open in North Wales

Spring has been declared as “open” in North Wales after the first avian visitors have made their way from Africa. Northern Wheatear as seen near our North Wales caravan holidaysThe first Wheatear of the year has been spotted on Bardsey Island, whilst the Chiffchaff has also made an appearance at RSPB Conwy. In the next few weeks, there will be hundreds of little Wheatear birds on the hills of Wales looking for gaps in the stones to build a nest. The name is derived from their white rump, a distinctive sight when you spot the small bird flying in front of you. Their Welsh name is Tinwen y Garn, seemingly named after the mountain on which they nest. Other recent visitors to Wales include Manx Shearwaters, who spend their winter in the south Atlantic. However, it will be some weeks before they start nesting in the region. Those of you who are joining us on one of our North Wales caravan holidays and are keen twitchers, or just wish to head out and do a spot of bird watching can take advantage of the following activities taking place in North Wales in the coming days:

  • Friday 18th at 7.30pm: “Butterflies, Moths and Dragonflies”, talk and art by Steve Palin Where? Connah’s Quay community centre, Tuscan Way, CH5 4DZ.
  • Friday 18th: “Birding in Catalonia and Aragon”, talk by Mike Roberts
    Where? St David’s Church Hall, Penrhyn Bay, LL30 3NT.
  • Saturday 19th, 10.30am-4pm: Meet the Herons
    Where? Pwllheli Harbour, LL53 5DE.
  • Saturday 19th, 10.30am-12.30pm: Beachwatch
    Where? Porth Eirias, Colwyn Bay, LL29 8HF.
  • Saturday 19th, 11am: Guided walk
    Where? RSPB Conwy, LL31 9XZ.
  • Saturday 19th, 11am-3pm: Hands on with Science
    Where? RSPB Conwy, LL31 9XZ.
  • Monday 21st, 7.30pm: “Natural history photo album for Pensychnant”, talk by Carl Payne
    Where? Pensychnant, Conwy, LL32 8BJ.

Photo courtesy of Andreas Trepte, under Creative Commons

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