Mountain pansy

The fields up near the end of the tarmac below Gamrhiw, Llanwrthwl are cracking habitat. At the moment the grass is fairly short as the climate at 400m above sea level delays its growth. This allows other plants to thrive, particularly if they flower early enough. The fields are full of violets at the moment as well as Field Wood-rush. Soon the milkmaids will appear – these cover the area later. The Mountain Pansy appears a little later and is usually confined to the field banks where the soil is thin and the grass does not thrive. Today the first has appeared – very delicate in such a harsh environment. The short grass is also attractive to birds – there were 17 Wheatear scattered on them this evening – a minimum count, there were probably more. Nearby there were 2 Stonechat, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Cuckoo, 2 Redstart, 50 Meadow Pipit and a very pale buzzard. Well worth a visit.

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