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Friday, 7 September 2012

Welsh Autumn Ladies Tresses

Visiting the family in Wales recently on Tuesday 28th July after visiting my sister, Mum & I carried onto Kenfig Nature reserve which was bathed in some sunshine. Mum had bought a book on Orchids in wales and it stated that ALT's were at Sker point, we were encouraged at reception where the assistant gave some rough directions and I received superb directions and a detailed drawn map from a birder/ botanist who had just seen them, his directions were spot on and when we got to post 12 we turned left past a green iron building down to the fence and through the smaller gate. The path along the grass held several excellent delicate white flowered tiny Autumn Ladies Tresses. Walking along here for a hundred yards (as directed the chap must be chief cartographer for the Ordnance Survey!) I met 3 paths taking the left hand one up a slight incline more were seen. Probably 100 seen in total and several blue flowered Field gentians seen too. In the evening the Dipper by Cymisfael stream showed really well albeit in the half light. Mum put out scraps for the birds early on every morning and up to 2 Nuthatches came and posed beautifully for the camera strategically placed by the open dining room door! The final day I was there 2 calling Ravens frequently flew over the garden in the afternoon.

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