Magnificent trees.

During a walk around Llanfrynych yesterday we came across some amazing trees. First of all it was lovely to see good numbers of Elms in a little wooded valley leading to a church yard in Llanfuega. The churchyard had a ring of Yew trees surrounding the church possibly signifying a ‘Pagan’ influence. The trees however were absolutely amazing in their size and shapes and must be around 1000 years old. The picture below shows a few of these magnificent trees.yew
Also of interest was several Wellingtonia trees in the church yard at Llanfrynych. These trees were of great height, incredibly straight with a broad canopy. The picture below gives some idea of the straightness and height of one of these amazing trees.tree

Fungi.

slimy One of my favourite fungi today in the beautiful Tonmawr area of the Afon Valley – Slimy Beech Caps. This particular Beech tree was carpeted with this species, the most I have ever seen growing in one place.

A new lifer.

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This stunning Spotted Crake has been present at Slimbridge for the past few days, showing on the dragonfly pond just opposite the Van de Bovencamp Hide. Well worth the trip up this morning.

Fascinating fungi

fungi There was a lovely mix of fungi around today in the Llanfynych area including this Jelly Fungus above and other species pf note such as The Panther, Beefsteak fungus, Dryads Saddle and Sulphur Polypore.