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salmon davidwoodfallSalmon News from Gilfach

It's that time of year again when the salmon return from the North Atlantic sea to their spawning ground here at Gilfach Nature Reserve.

First sighting this year: Tuesday 15th October 2014

Update 3rd Dec:  Not much activity has been seen lately but click on the links below to see some salmon action filmed at Gilfach!

Please visit Gilfach Nature Reserve at your own leisure to see the salmon attempt the jump up the Marteg waterfall.  Paths are muddy so wellies or good boots are recommended.  Patience will also be required!.

See the salmon leap in this video footage shot last year at Gilfach Nature Reserve by Powys local Graham Law.

Get a salmon's eye view here as they swim through the rapids at Marteg. Filmed by Kieran Kelly.

(Photo of salmon in Marteg by David Woodfall)

4th Dec 2014

Rare Insects found at Cwm Byddog

Dorcatoma substriata naturNot one but two rare species have been discovered at Cwm Byddog nature reserve

A visit by the Ancient Tree Forum in April found larvae of the beetle Dorcatoma substriata in a piece of bracket fungus. When hatched out, the adults were identified by expert entomologist, Keith Alexander. It's a first record of this beetle species in Radnorshire, and only the third known Welsh record.

Not long after, an unusual gall on a Yellow Archangel plant was spotted by John Ockenden and Philip Marshall. Further research with assistance from Dr. Margaret Redfern and Dr. Keith Harris, revealed the gall to be caused by a rare species of midge, Dasineura strumosa. This turned out to be a first record for Wales, and it is also rarely recorded in England.

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Gilfach longhouse
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