A great day was had at Dinefwr castle and park on Sunday last (25th Sept) – shame there were not more of us. The grounds and far reaching views from the castle ruins were absolutely stunning. Among the huge ancient trees and shubberies we found blackcaps, chiffchaffs, goldcrests and tree creepers with other woodland birds. On flowering ivy draping a wall were comma and red admiral butterflies and a goodly number of hornets. Around the Mill Pond was a kingfisher and common darter, migrant hawker and southern hawker dragonflies. Then to top it all, at the oxbows wetland we found our ‘bird of the day’ – a great white egret stealthily wading the water edges. The White Park cattle were up close and personal and in spectacular condition. A few fallow deer snuck about the woodland edges and speckled wood butterflies fluttered by. This potter in the park provided us with wildlife and historic interest wherever we went. Dinefwr is a wonderful place to visit. We must return next spring – to seek out those elusive lesser spotted woodpeckers.