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April 2011

Explore Nature at St Fagans!

Posted by Hywel Couch on 26 April 2011
Explore Nature at St Fagans launch!
Daniel cutting the ribbon at the bird hide
Watching the Lesser Horseshoe bats on the batcam
Watching a nuthatch from the bird hide
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After months of planning and preparation, the Explore Nature at St Fagans project was officially launched earlier this month. On April the 2nd, we had a day filled with nature and wildlife activities. The weather was fantastic and hundreds of visitors to the museum participated in bird spotting, bat watching, pond dipping and arts and crafts activities. I hope everyone enjoyed the day as much as we did! I’d like to thank everyone who came along, especially Daniel who can be seen cutting the ribbon at the bird hide in the photo.

 

As we are well into spring now, St Fagans is alive with wildlife once again! The lesser horseshoe bats have returned to the Tannery, yesterday I counted around 25 of them! Later this summer the females will give birth to their pups, as this is their maternity roost. Why not come along to the Tannery and watch them on our special infra-red batcam?

 

The pits at the Tannery are once again teeming with life. There are countless newts, water boatmen, pond skaters, dragonfly nymphs and much much more. The Tannery is perhaps the best building on site for wildlife. Last week saw the return of the swallows who nest here every summer. It really is fantastic to see so much wildlife so close.

 

As part of the Explore Nature project we will be holding events and activities throughout the spring and summer months, from early morning bird walks to evening bat walks. Keep an eye on the museum website for more information.

 

As the Tannery is so good for wildlife, I will be spending the day there on Saturday the 30th of April. Come along and learn more about the bats, the newts and all the other wildlife that have made this building their home!

http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/en/whatson/?event_id=4792

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