The first event of the winter programme in 2019 for Rhayader by Nature was an insightful talk on bees and other pollinators led by the chairman of the Brecon & Radnor Beekeeping Association, David. Whilst the rain raged on outside, the local natural history group were kept nice and warm in the old school building of Cwmdauddwr whilst being given the fascinating information on the status of pollinators in Britain as well as the numerous reasons behind their decline in recent times. However, David being a honey bee specialist, also impressively revealed his knowledge of other kinds of bee such as bumblebees and indeed pollinators such as flies and how they impact the ecology not just locally but nationwide. He specifically stressed that pollinators are the key to many food chains in nature and that without them it takes away a certain balance in the natural order. On the whole it was a brilliant way to kick start the winter programme for Rhayader by Nature and David must be ecstatic after nearly selling all of his homemade honey!
Local natural history group Rhayader by Nature are delighted to commence their winter programme with a talk at 7.30pm on Thursday, 21st November by David Coles, Chairman of the Brecknock & Radnor Beekeeping Association. David will be talking about the threats to our bees and other invaluable pollinators, as well as what action we can all take to help them during a time of great concern for our environment. This will also be an opportunity to find out more about keeping bees and how to take up this fascinating pastime.
The talk will be of interest to anyone with an interest in our countryside and wildlife and will take place at the Cwmdauddwr Community Centre (the Old School), Cwmdauddwr, Rhayader. Tickets are £2/adult, children are free.
The focus of the last summer event in 2019 for Rhayader by Nature was on hawks and falcons thanks to local man Dan Butler’s collection. On the rather cold evening of the 27th October, the local natural history group had the privilege of up-close interactions with these birds of prey that often hide themselves in the wild, making the occasion only more insightful. Despite the racket that was made by one of the Goshawks constantly throughout the presentation (we could even hear the bird when it was put away in the shed!), Dan put on a great show by showing the flights of these gracious birds, who he had trained quite impressively himself including the petite Merlin (which was fairly shy) and the not-so-vociferous Goshawk, which had a pretty interesting history with Dan by escaping once and being found a couple of months later! Nevertheless, it was a fantastic way to top off the summer programme for Rhayader by Nature, now onto the winter which should be just as informative.
Coming soon – the 2019 Rhayader by Nature Art and Craft Exhibition 10th Aug-14 Sept – see poster belowJuly 30, 2019
The exhibition is a show of work by members of Rhayader by Nature, the local natural history society, and will be very varied: drawings and paintings, tapestry, machine embroidery, rag rugs and felting, sculptures, wood carvings and basketry, glassware, poems and cartoons, all inspired by the natural world.
Entry to the museum collections is included, leaflets are available describing wildlife walks in and around the town and with a choice of places to eat and drink, visitors might like to come and enjoy a whole day out in Rhayader.
Thank you Cy for your inspiring talk ‘Revealing the hidden heritage of Radnorshire Wildlife Trust’s Gilfach Reserve’ (see earlier post). Your talk was a real eye opener. For us a hump in the ground will never again be just a hump in the ground.
On Friday 15th March there will be an illustrated talk about the archaeology of Radnorshire Wildlife Trust’s Gilfach Nature Reserve. The speaker, Cy Griffiths, Director of the Council for British Archaeology Wales undertook a survey there and her talk provides the details her findings.
Date of talk: Friday 15th March 2019. Venue: CARAD theatre space, East Street, Rhayader. Time: 7.30 p.m. start. Entry: £2, under 16s free.
Rob Parry’s illustrated talk about the Marsh Fritillary butterfly last night (19th February) was something very special indeed. Rob is an expert on the requirements of this endangered species. He covered in fascinating detail the butterfly’s breeding biology and its requirements of habitat and climate, its relationship with a parasitic wasp and why it has become so rare – mainly due to the loss of its caterpillar food plant Devil’s-bit Scabious.
Although once common the Marsh Fritillary is now believed extinct in the Rhayader district but there is hope. Rob told us about the butterfly’s history in the Rhayader district and about an exciting project that began last year to restore areas of habitat where it was once found. The aim, once the habitat is right, is to reintroduce this beautiful butterfly.
Thanks Rob for such a stimulating talk.