Goosanders nest in holes in old trees, then lead their chicks to water. We had first hand experience of this!
The Elan Valley was chosen by the city of Birmingham as the site of a succession of dams and reservoirs to provide the city with desperately needed clean water at the end of the 19th century. Not only did they create a masterpiece of Victorian engineering they turned an area of beautiful farmland into something […]
It appears that the Elan Valley Trust are struggling to decide what to do about the bridges that provide and have provided access into Elan Village. There are two by the entrance to the Elan Valley Visitor Centre. The one in use is a Bailey bridge built when the original suspension bridge became frail. The […]
Spotted flycatchers, redstarts and wagtails enjoy our garden.
I referred in a recent post, headed “Countryfile”, to “Our garden, which is a rather odd garden worked on, occasionally, by a rather odd gardener.” That reference reflected the way in which I had begun to think of the garden. The central section had, ambitiously, been planned as a forest garden. It is a fairly […]
Even though the chestnut trees have gone from the Elan Village the Spring is bringing out the colours and the river banks are recovering, ready for visitors to enjoy.
We don’t get a huge amount of snow in the valley, some years none at all, but, of course, in line with all other parts of the UK we have had more these last few years. Powys County Council have been very good at keeping roads in good condition. It is quite noticeable as we […]
The downside of feeding small birds in the garden is that it attracts visitors that are not so welcome.
List of 35 birds seen in one week in Elan Village, and some thoughts on feeding Siskins.
Face to face with an otter, who was the most surprised? The otter took our meeting in it’s stride, but it was intensely exciting for us.