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 Heron spotted on the River Sirhowy yesterday
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pierre
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Posted - 19/06/2013 :  14:50:38  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
In the Dukestown area, now that, is one big bird !



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Gareth
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Posted - 19/06/2013 :  15:36:56 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Makes me wonder whats in the river for it to eat. As kids we were always playing down the river catching stone loaches (which we called barabits) and minnows - I was told a few years ago that the loaches were gone. I wonder if they are back - anyone know ?
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uncle bob
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Posted - 19/06/2013 :  17:35:07 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I heared that the river is now so clean That even Trout have been caught at Bedwellty Pits
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pierre
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Posted - 19/06/2013 :  18:30:52 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Also seen a king fisher a few months back.

Great to see something apart from crows and Seagulls !

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uncle bob
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Posted - 19/06/2013 :  20:05:12 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
So good to see wildlife returning to the valley.
I remember in my childhood that the river was black with coal dust from the mines, Tredegar is slowly becoming green again,lots of newly planted trees are now getting established.
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wazzataylor
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Posted - 19/06/2013 :  21:02:01 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
herons have been by the pits for over 10 years
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Panda
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Posted - 20/06/2013 :  15:02:42 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Always spot one up Sirhowy woodlands and down the line.
Wonder if the king fishers will return to Bedwellty park, haven't seen them or rabbits for that matter since the renovation (esp around the top pond where they thrived)

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tarkus
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Posted - 20/06/2013 :  18:03:09 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by wazzataylor

herons have been by the pits for over 10 years


Used to see one a lot in the 70's it had a regular flight from bedwelty pits to cefn pond.
Was watching one the other week down there.

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llanover
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Posted - 20/06/2013 :  19:17:21 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I remember listening to nightingales down by the river at the Pont Abernant-y-Felin crossing. There used to be a lot of glow worms there, too.Caught a lot of trout as well!


Edited by - llanover on 20/06/2013 19:19:07
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charlsey
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Posted - 20/06/2013 :  23:09:19 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
any body seen mistle thrushes about when i was a boy there was plenty about
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Gareth
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Posted - 21/06/2013 :  14:55:21 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Mistle thrushes are still about. I spent a winter in my brothers house in peacehaven a couple of years ago and a mistle thrush decided that a Rowan tree (full of berries) just outside the window was his property, he would spend all day in the tree determinedly chasing off any intruders!. Song thrushes don't seem so abundant these days. Sparrows are almost non existent. Although, I often see a group of Long tailed tits foraging for hawberries these used to be very rare but seem to be more common now.
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