Category: Science & Nature

Topics related to the World around us.

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Wildlife with the Oldies

The ‘oldies’ (my parents) were here to stay at the weekend. My Dad couldn’t drive so they had an adventure on the trains to get here. We quite like the trains, I don’t think they were that impressed though! For some reason, while my Dad was here he wanted to go the Aberdyfi to go...

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Bugs and Beasties

The garden has been alive with various bugs and beasts lately. The honey bees seem to be doing well and have been pretty busy. I checked on them on Monday and both colonies were increasing in size and had decent amounts of stores. Both had loads of eggs and brood too so things are looking...

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Volcanic Perturbations from Tonga in Ynyslas

No doubt you have seen the various news reports of the massive volcano that erupted near Tonga over the weekend. The eruption was likely the biggest recorded anywhere on the planet in more than 30 years. Dramatic images from space captured the eruption in real time, as a huge plume of ash, gas and steam...

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Struggling Hedgehogs

We’ve seen a number of hedgehogs here recently. First I found one asleep in a big pile of leaves whilst gardening. I left it where it was and put off clearing up the area. The hedgehog has since left but I’ve yet to clear up. Unfortunately we also found a dead hedgehog in the hole...

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Beach Features

The beach here has changed considerably over the past year or so. The submerged forest only used to be exposed on very low tides and usually only in a few patches. However, since the construction of the sea defences in Borth this has changed. The forest is now exposed in huge swathes all along the...

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Hedgehog Nest

I came across a hedgehog nest while preparing the garden for the robot lawn mower. I was trimming back the pampas grass and clearing out the dead, dried growth in the middle. As I did it I thought to myself ‘this would be a perfect place for a hedgehog to over-winter’. Sure enough, the next...

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Traces of the Geologist

I haven’t really considered myself a geologist for a while now. However, once a geologist always a geologist and we just can’t help ourselves ‘geologising’! Depositional Detectives One of the ways that this manifests itself is in the examination of depositional environments and wondering how they would appear in the geologic record if preserved in...

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Dragons in the Garden

It’s been blowing a hoolie here for the last few days thanks to our local Katabatic wind known as Ivor. That doesn’t seem to have stopped the dragonflies though and there have been quite a few in the garden. I’ve only ever had my phone with me when I’ve been out there so I haven’t...

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How Wales Can Help Save The Bees

According to the BBC, there are 180 species of bee in Wales, but they are in trouble. Seven species have already been wiped out, and there are five more on the brink of extinction. One of the species just barely clinging on is the large mason bee, which is only found in two sites in...

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Example and Help Pages for the Weather Station

Do you want to see what a subscription to the Borth & Ynyslas Weather Station allows you to see? Maybe you are already a subscriber but don’t know what ‘feels like temperature’ means or why pressure is displayed in millibars and not hectopascals? Well, such questions have now been answered as I have started to...