|Snow on the Berwyns from Mynydd Mynyllod|
I made a new tetrad record, too - the first one of the year! Empetrum nigrum, Crowberry, which is not uncommon on the Berwyn side of the Dee Valley, but strangely had not been recorded here before.
|Existing Wind Turbines on Mynydd Mynyllod|
Many people [including myself] who support alternative energy sources such as wind power feel that this is inappropriate and disproportionate, and that the disturbances during construction will also do great damage. Schedule 42 species in the area [a list of 557 species of principal importance in Wales] include Lapwing, Curlew and Brown Hare, and valuable habitats such as heather moorland, acid grassland and open standing water might also be affected . Let us hope that common sense will prevail.
Our first Merioneth Nats meeting of the year, in Coed y Parc near Dolgellau, postponed from January snows, will now be on 28th February. Brian Burnett's Non-flowering Plants Group will join us and we hope to find some interesting Atlantic woodland bryophytes and to refind Hymenophyllum tunbrigense, Tunbridge Filmy-fern. The meeting place is at SH737166 but there's not room for many cars so please try to share. The full programme for the year should be available very soon to mailing list members and on the BSBI and Cofnod websites.