Birds struggle to find food in the winter months, so here is a simple receipe to create fat balls.
Lard / suet
Fruit / nuts / seeds
Old yogurt pots
1. Melt the lard/suet in a pan.
2. Add the dry ingredients (one part fat to two parts dry is best).
3. Stir well until you have a good gooey mixture.
4. Make a hole in the bottom of an old yogurt pot and thread some string through (remember to tie a big knot at the end).
5. Add gooey mixture to pot.
6. Place pot in fridge overnight to set.
7. Next day, hang your home made fat balls up for the birds to eat!
If you didn't manage to make it to Gilfach Nature Reserve to see the salmon return to their spawning grounds, or you did visit but didn't manage to see anything then click on the links below to see some live action via YouTube.
See the salmon leap in this video footage shot last year at Gilfach Nature Reserve by Powys local Graham Law.
Get a salmon's eye view here as they swim through the rapids at Marteg. Filmed by Kieran Kelly.
Not one but two rare species have been discovered at Cwm Byddog nature reserve
A visit by the Ancient Tree Forum in April found larvae of the beetle Dorcatoma substriata in a piece of bracket fungus. When hatched out, the adults were identified by expert entomologist, Keith Alexander. It's a first record of this beetle species in Radnorshire, and only the third known Welsh record.
Not long after, an unusual gall on a Yellow Archangel plant was spotted by John Ockenden and Philip Marshall. Further research with assistance from Dr. Margaret Redfern and Dr. Keith Harris, revealed the gall to be caused by a rare species of midge, Dasineura strumosa. This turned out to be a first record for Wales, and it is also rarely recorded in England.
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