Programme of Events March to October 2016
– ‘phone 01597 811169 for further details.
While our outdoor explorations and activities are made at a leisurely pace and are not arduous for someone of average fitness it is the responsibility of each individual taking part to ensure that they are fit enough to take part and wear clothing appropriate to the conditions. If in doubt seek further information about the activity on the telephone number above.
March, Thursday 24th – The Pine Marten Project
An evening talk by David Bavin and Huw Denman of the Vincent Wildlife Trust. Now that this exciting project to boost pine marten numbers in mid Wales is underway, David and Huw return to tell us how things are shaping up. 7.30pm at CARAD, East Street, Rhayader. Entry £2 on the door, children under 16 free.
April, Tuesday 5th – Rhayader by Nature AGM – followed by a talk by Darylle Hardy on exciting improvements planned at the Radnorshire Wildlife Trust’s Gilfach Nature Reserve. 7.30pm at the Museum Gallery, CARAD, East Street, Rhayader.
April, Sunday 17th – Rhayader Town Wildlife Walks – a work party – the town’s wildlife walks are in need of a ‘spring tidy up’. We will walk the three short trails, trim back encroaching bramble, clean the information signs, pick up litter and enjoy the wildlife along the way. Bring work gloves and a pair of secateurs. Meet at the carpark at the start of the Elan Valley Trail in Cwmdauddwr 10.00am. Finish 1.00pm.
May, Saturday 7th – A private riverside walk – an opportunity to walk a private length of the River Wye (courtesy of Mr and Mrs Easton, Glanrhos). This is a wonderful time of year to be by the river. We search for fish and riverside birds and plants, taking time to sit and watch. Meet in Llanwrthwl village near the bridge over the River Wye at 10.00am. Return 1.00pm.
June, Sunday 26th – To see the Ospreys at Clywedog, nr. Llanidloes – a trip to see the nesting ospreys at Clywedog Reservoir. Car share will be arranged. Phone our secretary on 01597 811169 to register your interest in this event. Meet at the main car park by Rhayader leisure Centre at 10.00am. Return mid-afternoon. Bring packed lunch.
July, Friday 8th – Nightjar evening – an opportunity to be escorted to a place frequented by nightjars, one of the districts rarest breeding birds. Nightjars arrive from their African winter quarters in May and make a strange churring call at dusk. We expect to hear them (hopefully see them) along with singing grasshopper warblers another elusive species that nests in the same habitat. Car share will be arranged. Phone our secretary on 01597 811169 to register your interest in this event. Meet at the main car park by Rhayader leisure Centre in the evening at 9.00pm. Return 11.00pm
July, Saturday 23rd – Moths at Dderw House – courtesy of Belinda and Jenny Holland members are invited to come along at 9.00am to see what moths have been caught overnight in several traps set in the landscaped grounds of this grand old house. Huge numbers of moths are on the wing in July. We expect to catch at least 70 species. Meet at Dderw house nr. Rhayader at 9.00am.
August, Sunday 14th – A bird ringing demonstration – an ‘away day’ to see bird ringing in action at Llangors Lake. This requires an early start (6.00am.) so as to get to the bird ringing station at Llangors at the optimum time. Car share will be arranged. Phone our secretary Pam Knight on 01597 811169 to register your interest in this event, or email email@example.com Expect to see a variety of birds in the hand. If weather proves adverse on the 14th this event will be postponed until the 21st Aug. (interested participants will be informed of any such change).
September, Sunday 25th – Away Day to Dinefwr Park nr. Llandeilo – This is a wonderful landscaped parkland with ancient trees and a great variety of wildlife. Car share will be arranged. Phone our secretary Pam Knight on 01597 811169 to register your interest in this event, or email firstname.lastname@example.org Meet in Llanwrthwl village near the bridge over the River Wye at 9.00am. All day so bring a packed lunch.
October, Saturday 22nd – Leaf-mining moths – a morning on recognizing and putting a name to what is making all those strange squiggly lines and blotches on plant leaves, with Norman Lowe, Brecknock county moth recorder. Many of the micro moths that make these marks are among the most beautifully coloured creatures we have in the Rhayader district. Meet in Llanwrthwl village near the bridge over the River Wye at 9.00am to be escorted to The Cwm.