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North Beach, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, Wales

Finally back in Aberystwyth for a second year of studying, with the weather being warm a trip to the beach was in order!  

As usual nothing seemed any different since I had left for the summer, the Ruddy Turnstones Arenaria interpres (1) still present although in much smaller numbers and back in their drabber winter plumage.  A recently fledged 1st Winter Herring Gull Larus argentatus (2) was soaking up the evening sun.


Aberdevines & Alders

Ystwyth Trail, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, Wales

Towards the end of our walk a large stand of Alder, Alnus glutinosa (2)
were busy with feeding Siskins, Carduelis spinus (4)(5)(6) these are small acrobatic finches which can commonly be found feeding upside down on alder cones. Siskins are a widespread species being found right across Europe. It is one of the few birds which has benefited from conifer plantations which have greatly increased it’s range.

It was a lovely walk and I look forward to walking along it later in the year when all the spring flowers are out.


Sunset On The North Shore

North Beach, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, Wales

The beach is the best place for procrastination and I definitely don’t spend enough of my time there. The weather is never truly at it’s best during the day but the evening are quite often clear and normally stunning and it was no different the other day.

As the tide was retreating more and more of the Bladderwrack, Fucus vesiculosus (3) was being uncovered, bladderwrack is keystone species of rocky shores providing both food and shelter for a wealth of species.

 As always there were plenty of Common Periwinkles, Littorina littorea (2) including this wonderfully patterned individual. Common Dogwelk, Nucella lapillus (3) were also common due to the high number of Common Limpets, Patella vulgata (6) which can be found on North Beach. Another species which is becoming more common is the Flat Top Shell, Gibbula umbilicalis (6), this is quite a distinctive species which faint red lines over its shell. 

The only crab which was found today was a fairly large Green Shore Crab,Carcinus maenas (4).