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Go Nuts for Dormice in Bont

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Autumn has most definitely arrived. As we light our fires and prepare for  longer evenings and chilly mornings, spare a thought for those creatures who are making their own preparations to help them survive the colder months ahead. Dormouse have been feeding through Sept and Oct to gain enough fat reserves for their winter hibernation (they […]

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Tweeting and Twittering

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News just in, from a breeding bird survey carried out at Denmark Farm this spring … Our surveyor, Ian Morris,  found that 199 pairs of birds are using our 40 acres to breed and he recorded a total of 45 different species.  Studies undertaken in previous years  have suggested that the number of birds here is […]

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‘Wildlife Where you Live’ in Autumn

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Our ‘Wildlife Where you Live’ communities have had an active summer of wildlife surveys and nature walks, discovering bats in Aberarth, butterflies in Llanafan, and a bevy of bugs in Llangybi with ‘Phil the Bugman’! Llangybi bug hunt The programme continues its momentum into autumn, with a fungal foray in Aberarth (and the possibility of […]

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Building Sustainability into Holidays

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After years of planning and fundraising the new Denmark Farm ’Eco Holiday’ units are going up fast and we are all set to welcome guests from early 2013. The new accommodation will provide ‘Visit Wales’ 3 star standard accommodation at an affordable cost. As well as using sustainably sourced timber for the main frame, we […]

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‘Big Pond Dip’ – fun and free!

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Looking for a school holiday activity which won’t cost the earth? Join us on Saturday 18th August from  2-4 pm for a fun afternoon of pond dipping, and help to gather data for Pond Conservation’s national survey. See how many creatures we can find that skate, crawl, wiggle and dive, from the beautiful emerging dragonflies to the lovely leeches. Recent […]

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Nature’s Olympic Champions

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Imagine if our wildlife was to hold its own Olympic games. Who might be in with a chance of winning the gold medals? For the long jump, how about the grasshopper? A grasshopper can jump 20 times its body-length in distance – this would be roughly equivalent to a 6 ft person jumping a distance […]

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Hunt for the Harvest Mouse

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On Saturday 14th July, we welcome Jenny Macpherson from the Vincent Wildlife Trust to Denmark Farm for a harvest mouse workshop. Jenny is involved with the  ‘Mammals in a Sustainable Environment’ project which is aiming to get a fuller picture of what is happening with mammals in Wales by carrying out monitoring and survey work for a […]

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Flit over to Denmark Farm for our Big Butterfly Count

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July sees the start of Butterfly Conservation’s BIG BUTTERFLY COUNT. This nationwide survey, running from 14th July to 5th August aims to help Butterfly Conservation assess the health of our environment. To prepare yourself for this butterfly bonanza, why not flit over to Denmark Farm on 8th July to take part in our own summer […]

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Make YOUR Nature Count

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This week (2 – 10 June), the RSPB launch  ‘Make Your Nature Count’, the UK’s largest garden wildlife survey. We are holding our own ‘Make your Nature Count’ event at Denmark Farm on Sunday 10th June at 2 pm to celebrate Wales Biodiversity week.   Come along and help us with the survey in our own wildlife garden. If […]

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Pop Goes the Weasel!

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Our next Big Wildlife Watch event is on May 12th at 2 pm, when Jenny MacPherson from the Vincent Wildlife Trust (VWT)  shares her knowledge of stoats and weasels, and demonstrates how to set up baited hair tubes to detect them. Weasel (photo by Frank Greenaway)  Following this free workshop, there will be opportunities to […]

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Spring Arrivals

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There has been a recent stream of  summer migrant birds arriving back at Denmark Farm, heralding in the Spring.  Chiff chaffs, willow warblers and blackcaps are now singing away alongside our resident blackbirds and wrens. The male pied flycatchers arrived last week, and are busy establishing territories around our numerous nest boxes and waiting for the females to […]

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Need help with nature identification?

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Try iSpot! iSpot is a website aimed at helping anyone identify anything in nature. Once you have registered, you can add a photo to the website, and see if anyone else can identify it for you.  The website is run by the Open University (OU) and they are asking people to put up at least one […]

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Helping People to Help Wildlife

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Denmark Farm Conservation Centre, near Lampeter, is calling for four more Ceredigion communities to put their names forward if they want to work together to improve the local environment, for wildlife and for their enjoyment.  ‘Wildlife Where You Live’ (WWYL), which is managed by Denmark Farm Conservation Centre, helps people to identify and implement environmental […]

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Sounds of Spring

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Early signs of Spring are all around us this year. The rich habitat of Denmark Farm is no exception with Tree Creepers already heard calling. We are looking forward to running a Bird Identification course here at Denmark Farm from 20-22 April 2012. More information about this course plus our complete 2012 programme consisting of […]

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Blow away those cobwebs on a guided walk around Denmark Farm

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Why not fulfil your New Year’s resolution to get more fresh air and exercise, by joining us for a guided walk at Denmark Farm on Saturday 14th January. This short walk will take place from 2 to 3.30 pm, followed by the all important tea and biscuits! We will keep to reasonably level paths and […]

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The Return of the Dragon

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Llanddewi Brefi Green Dragon Project – part of Wildlife Where You Live Working in partnership with Llanddewi Village Hall Committee, the WWYL Green Dragon project aims to redevelop an underused area of conifer plantation skirting the recreation field. The natural and structural elements of the Dragon are already present in the form of a gnarled old tree, stone […]

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If you go down to the woods today – you never know what you might find!

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This strange-looking object was found amongst the leaf litter by a keen-eyed volunteer during our recent Great Nut Hunt  (thanks Sue!). This is the cross-section picture after cutting it in half. It may not look like much in this photo and as of yet it has not been formally identified to an exact species. However we […]

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Go Nuts For Dormice!

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On Saturday 19th November, from 2-4pm, the first ever Great Nut Hunt will take place at Denmark Farm Conservation Centre, near Lampeter. Signs of dormice have recently been found at Denmark Farm and nest boxes have been erected to help conservationists monitor these rare animals. However, dormice also open hazel nuts in a distinctive way and, […]

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Seasonal Celebrations for Wildlife Where You Live

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Starting last night and over the next month or so we are rolling out an Autumn Celebration and Feedback event in some of our Wildlife Where You Live Communities. This is an opportunity to review progress so far and start to plan the next practical phase of  wildlife & related amenity projects. Our first event […]

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Creatures from the Deep

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Come and explore a fascinating underwater world this autumn  – there are still places available on our “Pond and Stream Invertebrates” course with Phil Ward from 14 – 16 October. Pond at Denmark Farm Conservation Centre (photo: Ross Hoddinott 2020VISION) Also available,  ‘Introduction to Permaculture’ 21 – 23 Oct with Dr Angie Polkey. Or how about […]

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Ten go ‘batty’ in Llanafan

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Last week, the Llanafan ‘Wildlife Where You Live’ group held a Bat and Moth evening in their village. Armed with torches and bat detectors (fully equipped with bat-teries of course!), members of the North Ceredigion bat group  took ten enthusiastic attendees on a walk around the village. We saw  -and heard- a large number of pipistrelle bats feeding along the road […]

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Munching Managers Are Back!

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Our seasonal management team of Highland cattle have just arrived. They munch our grasslands in just the right way to encourage a myriad of wildlife – tackling tougher plants so that others can thrive, and leaving uneven tussocks of grass where wildlife can overwinter. They thrive on our unfertilised, organic pastures and help to maintain Denmark Farm’s wonderful habitat mosaic. […]

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Things can only get wetter!

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The capacity of natural processes to renew and clean water is amazing.  Soil filters water on its way to wells and springs.  Plants and microorganisms act as a biological purifier.  At Denmark Farm Conservation Centre, we are harnessing these natural attributes to create a Wetland Ecosystem Treatment (WET) System, in anticipation of increased sewerage loads […]

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Fancy some food for free?

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The gorgeous glistening berries of Guelder Rose have been used by various cultures to make flavourings, jellies, desserts and even spirit! You can learn how to become a wild food forager on our September course (see http://www.shared-earth-trust.org.uk/en/train02.htm )   Guelder rose berries:

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