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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Year of the Horse – Christmas.

feature image for Year of the Horse Dinas Mountain Dinas Head wild horses

“Life contains the capacity, like flames that reach towards heaven, to transform suffering and pain into the energy of creation, into light that illuminates darkness. Like the wind traversing vast spaces unhindered, life has the power to uproot and overturn all obstacles and difficulties. Like clear flowing water, it can wash away all stains and impurities” – Daisaku Ikeda. 

I found myself unexpectedly alone on Christmas afternoon.

What better time to visit the herd of semi-feral horses on Dinas Mountain.

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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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Year of the Horse – Dawnwatch.

Dawn and Jenny Rees is photographing the wild horses in west Wales at Dinas Head

“Resolve to be the ‘SUN’. Then, no matter what problems you may face, the dawn will always break, fine weather will always return, and spring will never fail to come” – Daisaku Ikeda.

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