Considering Winter Forage for Horses

Foreword A discussion upon the provision of winter forage for horses, majoritively considering grass varieties & conservation methodology. I wrote this article some 30 or so years ago, under the title “Hay for Performance Horses”. It lay dormant for a decade before being featured on several horse related magazine sites. Further research will have been…

A springtime video tour

Living with nature & helping wildlife at home – an introductory springtime tour of our home in Wales. With the ‘new improved’ format of our website I hope that this little video will help our visitors visualise any articles (past & future), that are posted here. Enjoy, the video is about 8 minutes long and…

Butterfly Season update – Aug 2017

So far we have the general feeling that the year has been a reasonably good one for the local butterflies. If you are out enjoying the local countryside this August, here’s a little summary of which butterflies we’re seeing across the farm at the moment and which were about earlier on this year. There are…

Green Dock Beetle

A beneficial insect that we are lucky enough to have on the farm is the green dock leaf beetle (Gastrophysa viridula). The male, as seen in the feature image above, grows to about 4mm in length – this particular specimen was closer to 3.75mm. The female is larger at 6 or 7mm long. Both genders…

Walks – Afon Llefenni Catchment

A circular route of a little over 8 miles & almost 1700ft climb, beginning & ending in parking at Aberllefenni. (Assuming a reasonable pace, allow¬†3 hours for this walk). (Feature image) The misfit river Afon Llefenni runs in this glacial valley to it’s junction with the Afon Dulas at Aberllefenni. The route includes a brief…

Bats

Here’s a brief introduction to the various species of bats that we have observed on the farm. Daubenton’s Bats Some info about the Daubenton’s bats. A medium sized bat, who likes to hunt low over water, often skimming the water with its feet. They are found in a belt that stretches from the UK in…

Walks – Foel Friog Easier Loop

A short (~ 1.5 miles) woodland, farmland & village loop with only a small climb. A quiet rural walk with interest for wildlife spotters. Park in the Picnic site car park at the southern end of the village of Aberllefenni; this is a lovely spot for a riverside snack, before or after your walk. This…

Walks – Foel Friog / Penbryn Loop

A short (~ 2 miles) woodland loop with a moderate climb and good views. Of historic interest for the story of Foel Friog and also interesting for spotting wildlife. Park in the Picnic site car park at the southern end of the village of Aberllefenni; this is a lovely spot for a riverside snack, before…

The Countryside Code

(modern version) Be safe – plan ahead and follow any signs Leave gates and property as you find them Protect plants and animals, and take your litter home Keep dogs under close control Consider other people   Notes: Be safe. It often rains a lot in this area. We average 80 – 100 inches of…

Local Aberllefenni History and Foel Friog (part II)

[Please note that this is an ongoing summary work. I expect that various local enthusiasts / historians may have corrections or additions – if so, please feel free to use the contact form to get in touch, thanks.] So what of Foel Friog’s history and how does that fit in with the other local history?…