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  1. A great day out, part 2 - delayed

    <This blog post is an immediate follow-on from my previous one, but has been delayed due to technical problems>

    Steve Williams going home (see part 1) was not a complete disaster for my day. Although I could happily have spent longer with him, I had somewhere else that I needed to be.

    I headed south towards the coast, aiming for Magor Marsh nature reserve, property of the Gwent Wildlife Trust. The Trust has been in the process of reintroducing water voles to ...
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  2. A great day out part 1: Harvestman goes clubbing

    No, this is not a mid-life crisis "down with the kids" sort of thing. Nothing of the sort. Read on...

    The county borough of Torfaen is my home, within the region now known as Greater Gwent. Now generally I tend to head for the neighbouring county of Monmouthshire on my trips out, but I have realised that I have been neglecting the valleys that are my home. So, I arranged to meet with my old friend Steve Williams, county ecologist for Torfaen County Borough Council, county ...
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  3. A trip to Beacon Hill

    Just a short one, this time.

    In order to maintain my boast of having visited all of the Gwent Wildlife Trust's, I made my way up to Beacon Hill, near Trellech, above the Wye valley. The site is old Forestry Commission land that had the trees felled, and the Trust is now managing the site to restore heathland. They also dug a couple of ponds, just for a bit of variety. it is very much a work in progress, but it was a bit of the county that I hadn't visited before.

    I ...
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  4. Fifty Years of the Gwent Wildlife Trust

    The blog has sort of been in abeyance for a bit, after I stubbed my toe and tore ligaments in my foot. This severely restricted my activities, although I am now on the mend.

    I've been a supporter of Gwent Wildlife Trust for more than 20 years, and many of the staff are personal friends. I am still quite possibly the only person to have visited all of their reserves (staff included). This year is the 50th anniversary of the Trust, which was formed to buy the wetland that is now Magor ...
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  5. Of flowers and spoons

    This almost a direct continuation of my Midsummer Night's Dreich post.

    On Sunday I met up with well-known bushcrafting celebrity Elen Sentier :rolleyes: so I could show her the orchids that I had seen the day before. A very pleasant time was spent first at Newgrove Meadows Gwent Wildlife Trust reserve, admiring common spotted orchids, twayblade, and green-winged orchids. I took a few more photos.

    [IMG]http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5458/9126572659_8ea549c86b_b.jpg[/IMG] ...
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