The Marble Gall

We often refer to the Marble Gall at our talks and on our walks and usually comment that they are regularly confused with Oak Apple Galls which we have never seen. On the Orchard Walk in May we saw one for the first time and this was on the border of a patch of woodland near New Wallace Farm. Seen […]

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The Orchard Walk

  Improving weather has helped us to get out and about and we were very lucky to have ideal walking conditions for our Orchard walk which took place as part of the Vale of Glamorgan Walking Festival. 32 walkers (plus 3 dogs) joined us for the day coming from all over South Wales as we wandered up to Burdons Hill, […]

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Things to Do This Month

The Cherry blossom on the village green in early May was just fantastic. You would be hard pressed to find a nicer village view anywhere than that from the corner of Vennwood Close by Ty pica farm house, looking towards the church. A lot of effort has been going on around the Village with residents planting out their gardens to […]

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Vale of Glamorgan Walking Festival

  A number of residents joined the Wildlife Group walk last year as part of the Vale of Glamorgan Walking Festival. This year it takes place on Thursday 17th May starting at 10.30am from St Marys Church and proceeding via the Elizabethan Orchard at Burdons Hill, then on to Goldsland Farm to look at the Watercress Beds and other initiatives, […]

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RHS ‘must do’ List for May

  RHS garden 'must do' list for May 1. Open greenhouse vents and doors. 2. Earth up potatoes and plant any remaining. 3. Plant out Summer bedding at the end of the month. As long as Derek the weather man gives his ok. 4. Water early in the morning and late at night to get the most out of your […]

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Mistletoe Growing in Wenvoe!

  The discovery of a small plant of Mistletoe growing in a front garden in Wenvoe was quite notable as it is only the second recorded for the Vale of Glamorgan. That is not to say that there will not be some growing elsewhere but if it is, it has not been officially recorded. Whilst the Wildlife Group have been […]

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About Lichens

We mentioned Lichens in a previous issue of Whats On and with the launch of the new Lichen Trail down at Goldsland Farm in the next few months it is worth reviewing why they might be on interest to anyone. As soon as you walk out onto the pavement you will find yourself treading on round or irregular white and […]

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Spring Activity Report

  By the time you read this the Upper Orchid Field should have been cut. We are delighted to be working in conjunction with a local contractor and by ensuring that the field is not only cut but the vegetation removed this will help the wildflowers to flourish. It will be cut again in late September and thereafter annually in […]

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Birds Don’t See Windows

A recent BBC item highlighted the problem of birds crashing into windows mistaking them for openings or seeing a tree reflection with tragic consequences. The city of Toronto in Canada sits on a major migratory bird route and every year is witness to huge numbers of bird deaths due to this phenomenon. They have now changed their building rules so […]

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Jobs Plannned for April

  The snow and cold weather of early March brought Redwings and Fieldfares to the Grange Park and village gardens, we don't see them every year, only when conditions get too difficult further north. The Redwing is the UK's smallest true thrush ( I just read that ). The poor conditions held back Spring, but nature soon catches up. The […]

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