A Field Year – March

Feature image Frosty path in North Pembrokeshire Farming Field Year - March

Spring comes to the Field

The month of March in Pembrokeshire, as in many places, can be a contrast  – definite signs of Spring, but still some grey days and early frosts. Here in North Pembrokeshire in 2017 there is a wonderful warm spell at the end of the month, but also several unusually crisp starts. Averaging about 9-11 C the rise in temperatures overall allowing the plants and fields to flourish.

For farmers, the longer days are very welcome as there is much to do at this time of year – lambing and calving is well under way, along with top-dressing and fertilising the fields. There is still plenty of slurry spreading, too.

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West Wales Walks – St Davids Airfield.

stunning light at St davids

Now a Site of Special Scientific Interest –  the disused airfield of St Davids provides a very unusual and fascinating place to walk, ride or run. With panoramic views around the peninsula, this can be a wonderful place to enjoy the ever-changing skies of Pembrokeshire. With accessible paths and plenty of variety, this part of the National Park is ideal for all ages and abilities and is very popular with dog-walkers.

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RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch in Pembrokeshire.

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Did you count the wildlife that’s counting on you?

Did you participate in the 2017 Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend? Did you send off for your pack from the RSPB? It had lots of goodies and helpful tips and guides to get you involved in this vital national survey of birdlife in the UK.

2017 is the 38th year of collecting this data and over half a million people now take part in their garden or park. This is the world’s largest wildlife survey, giving a detailed snapshot of how wildlife is faring. Last year the most overwhelming result was the sad decline in starlings and the songthrush (98% decline since 2006) seen in recent years plus the success of the long-tailed tit after a mild winter in 2015/16.

Just outside the time boundary of our ‘count’ we were entertained by a pair of Water Rail!

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A Field Year – October

photograph for a field year october in Pembrokeshire when Spring barley harvested from the field in Mabws Bridge

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October in Pembrokeshire is usually the wettest month, but this year has been unusual and most of the month has been sunny and clear – ideal for the farming community to get the final grass cutting and harvesting done and to prepare the fields for winter drilling.

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Raptors

unusual photo of a buzzard on the ground

Birds of Prey in Pembrokeshire

The word raptor comes from a Latin word, rapere, meaning “to seize, snatch, tear away; to plunder a place”. It is a general term used to cover all birds of prey.

The wild open skies and the unspoilt lands below provide an ideal habitat for birds of prey and it is a common sight to see them soaring and swooping above us. On any road trip along the lanes and byways of our county you will spot buzzards on the telegraph poles and gateposts and, away from the roads, kestrel can often be spotted along fields and woodland edges. Yet more spectacular and awe-inspiring is to spot a red kite high above you and to marvel at its grace and beauty.
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West Wales Walks – Dinas Head, Cwm-Yr-Eglwys & Pwllgwaelod

Cwm-Yr-Eglwys, North Pembrokeshire

For a truly Mediterranean vista and micro-climate, North Pembrokeshire’s picturesque hamlet of Cwm-Yr-Eglwys is the place to visit. This magical little cove and ruined church is popular with locals and … Read more…

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