The Lost World
Coed Cwm Cletwr, Tre-r-Ddol, Ceredigion, Wales
Coed Cwm Cletwr has to be one of my favorite woodlands to visit, as you walk down through the scrubby birch woods at the top of the slope, you eventually come to a humid lost world, rich in bryophytes and ferns.
The reason for my visit was to check the dormouse boxes present in the wood with The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales, although sadly I didn’t find any dormice, I did find plenty of wildlife.
Western Oak woodlands are well known for their specialist bird species and the Pied Flycatcher Ficedula hypoleuca (2) is one of the species I set out to see. Not only did I see several males and females (photo), I also was lucky enough to see their sky blue eggs in a nest in one of the boxes.
Rain from the previous night had knocked a large amount of caterpillars from the canopy which could be found everywhere, every plant seemed to be covered in them. Most of the caterpillars were from the Geometridae (4)(5) family, the caterpillars are often call Inch-worms and loopers due to the way they move.
Plenty of flying insects were also on the wing, a Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma nymphula (7) were flying close to the stream. Although common, the Green Bottle Fly Lucilia sericata (9) is still a striking looking species up close and there were plenty feeding on the wildflowers growing in the valley bottom. Pignut Conopodium majus (8) was a nice species to find as it broke up the almost never ending stretch of Bluebells Hyacinthoides non-scripta.