Friday, 18 August 2017


Found a new species [for me at least] at Cossie this morning - Autumn Ladies Tresses. Checked with ranger Sharon and it's not on their wildlife list. This is just a cropped pic from my phone taken in between a couple of biblical downpours!

Thursday, 17 August 2017


I have received a report of a Spot Fly at Cosmeston today from a member of the public messaging GBC on FB with photos. Somewhere up the RH side of the park [red route?]. I'm guessing E paddock top end.

Saturday, 12 August 2017


in the far LH corner of W paddock approx here: click for map 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Blackcap incl 1 imm male, 1 imm Common Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Reed Bunting, several each of Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler, and a light passage of Swallows > west. On W lake c.20 Sand Martin and ad GCG with 3 chicks on its back, and on E lake ad GCG with slightly larger chicks in the water. Click on each photo for a bigger one.
PS there were 3 drake Tufted Ducks on W lake, the first this autumn.

Common Blue


Spotted Flycatcher

Spotted Flycatcher

Reed Bunting

probable Willow Warbler

Willow Warbler

Thursday, 10 August 2017


a.m. In the far LH corner of W paddock - 2 fem Blackcap, 1 imm Comm Whitethroat, 1 Willow Wblr, several Chiffchaff, 1 m Bullfinch, Long-t-Tit. On W lake 1 ad GC Grebe with 3 chicks on its back, 1 ad and 1 imm Grey Heron, and 2 large Carp swam under the main bridge.

Sunday, 6 August 2017


A feral white goose sitting on the GCG nest on W lake didn't seem to be good news. Then I saw 2 pairs of GC Grebes displaying and acting aggressively towards one another, and finally saw that one of each pair was carrying at least one chick on their back. 2 Herons on the posts and a few Sand Martins flying around. Also a distant display from the Red Arrows as they were performing over Barry.

Thursday, 3 August 2017


Disappointing 45 mins at the searchlight shelter [admittedly late morning], produced just a single Manxie down channel and a Whimbrel, plus the usual gulls. Obviously I need to get up earlier! Did see a Painted Lady in the first field.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017


A dismal morning with little or no small bird activity. There were 5 Swift around the main bridge, c.20 Sand Martin over the lakes and a few House Martins. Water Vole showing more or daily in the dipping pond and there was a rat there this morning. Hope they don't interfere with the Water Voles.

Monday, 31 July 2017

Cosmeston a.m.

A few photos from this morning. The Water Voles that were re-introduced are doing well, although we could do without people dumping unwanted Terrapins!

Common Darter

Saturday, 29 July 2017


It has seemed a bit quiet at Cossie since my return from Uganda, perhaps not surprisingly. The GCGs have finally established a floating nest in the usual spot in W lake bay on the Water Bistort. Lets hope it and the ensuing young, survive. Quite a few Sand Martins over W lake today and a Kingfisher caught a fish in the corner of E lake near the main bridge then carried it down the shoreline by the central path, out of view form the bridge but presumably to where we suspect they have a nest [this is along the shoreline where the planning appl. for the wakeboarding run is located].
Mallards are all in eclipse plumage now. Jays were quite vocal and active this morning, and Common Whitethroat seen by W paddock hedge in the last couple of days. Lots of 6-Spot Burnet moths feeding, plus Gatekeepers, and Common Blues.The introduced Water Voles seem to be doing well, although we could do without the Terrapins that someone has dumped in the dipping pond.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Lavernock Pt

Just a heads up that WTSWW are having an open day at Lavernock WT Reserve on Sun 6th Aug from 12:00 midday to 4 p.m. Lead walks will leave on the hour throughout the afternoon.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017


Nothing exciting but 2 juv Whitethroats seen [1 nr dragonfly pond and 1 near Med Village], Mute Swan pair with 4 cygnets [they started with 5], 1 ad Heron W lake. 2 Ad sum plum Black-headed Gulls were new returning arrivals.

Sunday, 25 June 2017


V. quiet at Cosmeston this morning in the annoying strong wind. The Mute Swan pair seem to have lost 1 of their 5 cygnets, sadly. W lake had 2 GRey Herons [an ad and an imm] and a few Sand Martin. Leps comprised Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Red Admiral, Common Blue, and a Small Skipper. A Buzzard was doing a lot of mewing above the far end of Cogan Wood.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017


Best wildlife at Cossie this morning was a Hummingbird Hawkmoth at c.ST173698 at the far end of E paddock beyond where the large patch of Bee Orchids were [they have now gone over]. People were apparently looking for the Night Heron from 5 a.m. until about 09:30 to no avail. Also lots of Ringlets on the wing now and a Small Skipper was in the same area as the moth.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Cosmeston - Night Heron!!

Glamorgan Bird Club member Annie Irving, found this adult Night Heron at Cosmeston this morning. It wasn't showing when I went this afternoon but showed well both in the tree opposite the main bridge and in flight, at 7:30 onwards in the evening.  Click each pic for a bigger one.

Friday, 9 June 2017


At Lavernock there was 1 Manx Shearwater down channel during a v brief visit.
Then on to Cosmeston:
Just a few photos from  brief visit this morning:

Interesting photo of Reed Warbler with a scrap of reed

male Reed Bunting

This LBBG was very vocal

Sunday, 4 June 2017


Orchids are doing great now. There are about 100 spikes of Pyramidal just coming into flower at the end of E paddock on the left just before the kissing gate onto the Mile Road track. So now that's c.100 Pyramidal, 100+ Bee, 1000's of Common Spotted, 4 Greater Butterfly, a few Southern Marsh, and Twayblade and Early Purple that have now gone over.
Bird-wise today there were just a few House- and Sand Martins over W lake between the showers, a male Reed Bunting by the Snipe paddock and Reed Warbler still singing by E lake boardwalk.
Pyramidal Orchid

Pyramidal Orchid

Pyramidal & Common Spotted


Southern Marsh Orchid

Thursday, 1 June 2017


Another flowery/insect walk this morning as birds v quiet, altough 3 Buzzards were over W paddock. The Greater Butterfly Orchids were in flower [just 3 spikes], Bee Orchids still looking good, and quite a few Dragonflies at the Draongfly Pond incl Black-tailed Skimmer and 4-Spotted Chaser per photos, plus a coupe of Emperors, and a Beautiful Demoiselle, and plenty of Common Blue and Blue-tailed Damsels.
Greater Butterfly Orchid

Bee Orchid

Black-tailed Skimmer

4-Spotted Chaser

Wednesday, 31 May 2017


A few photos from a walk round this morning. Best was an area with at least 60 flowering spikes of Bee Orchid. The Dog Roses are putting on a good show. I'm pretty sure the dragonfly is a female Emperor, ovipositing at the dipping pond.
Bee Orchid

Violet sp

Dog Rose

Dog Rose

Ox-eye Daisy and micro moth sp

Coot Foot!

f Emperor?

Thursday, 25 May 2017


Cosmeston this morning. Pretty quiet bird wise. The Coot was interesting - the ads were with the young on the dipping pond the other day, then this morning they had built a new nest which they and the chicks are using. This is definitely a new nest and not the one the hatched in. O/W Common Blue, Common Spotted Orchid, Twayblade [first one I've seen there], and a grab shot of a Buzzard flying over by the cafe, with my bridge camera.