Thursday, 10 April 2014

Mini-Me Dogs


News that the first cloned UK dog has been produced to Seoul at a cost of £60k (http://www.theguardian.com/science/2014/apr/09/britains-first-cloned-dog-born). The dachsund 'copy' of Minnie was won in a competition but a) too many existing dogs are being mistreated; b) copying the genes does not mean copying the pet and c) many cloned dogs have developmental problems and die early. I do think the cost is ridiculous but I can't help thinking that there are people out there, willing to splash the cash for the  dubious pleasure.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Seeing the Changes 852


In Bynea, the Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum) was in bloom.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Train Drain


The proposed HS2 development is currently thought to be scheduled to pass through a string of parks and protected areas with important populations of rare bats, butterflies and flowers (http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/apr/07/hs2-costs-countryside-environment-mps). The worry seems to be a current focus on cost and an apparently superficial evaluation of its impact on what remains of the natural world. If it goes ahead, of course it will disrupt and of course costs are a serious consideration but I am not wholly convinced that the planners really know how to weigh the importance of some of the areas likely to be effected or how to offer remedial work to offset the damage.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Seeing the Changes 651





Noted a predated Blackbird (Turdus merula) egg  and the Spanish bluebell (Endymion hispanicus) in flower in Loughor. There was a green moth caterpillar in Bynea.

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Seeing the Changes 650

Shoots of Japanese knotweed (Reynoutria japonica) were much in evidence in Loughor. Lots of flower activity with Cuckoo flower (Cardamine pratensis), Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) and Red campion (Silene dioica) in bloom or in bud in Penclacwydd. Lords and Ladies (Arum maculatum) was in flower in Bynea. 

Friday, 4 April 2014

Seeing the Changes 649


In Loughor, Wood forgetmenot (Mysotis sylvatica) were in bloom.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Seeing the Changes 648


Germander speedwell (Veronica chamaedrys) was much in evidence in Bynea.