One more waxcap…

…and quite a special one. This is Gliophorus reginae or the Jubilee Waxcap.

Why is it special?

The Jubilee Waxcap was only recognized as a separate species in 2013. There are very few records of it in Wales, so it was very exciting to find it here on the Trust.

I found this specimen on the Trust’s Cae Top on 16th November 2019. Using iRecord, I reported this find, where it will add to the important bank of knowledge the Welsh wildlife recording centers are building about wildlife in Wales.

Do you want to know what people are finding in your “milltir sgwar*”?

Have a look at the website Aderyn. Here you can search and find out what species have been seen near your house, school or workplace.

*”Fy Milltir Sgwar” – welsh, lit. “my square mile”, referring to your patch or stamping ground.

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No December Volunteer Workday

We will not be holding a volunteer workday in December. Please look out for 2020 dates, coming soon!

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Wonderful Waxcaps (and friends) Walk

Join me for an informal walk around Penboyr Churchyard on Sunday 27th October to look at the amazing waxcaps, coral fungi, spindles, earth tongues and caterpillar clubs.

No guarantees about what we’ll find (or that I’ll be able to name them all!)…but that is part of the fun 🙂

Meet in the churchyard at 11am

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All Year Round – Felin Dân!

On November 2nd, All Year Round will be supporting the Felin Dân-Lantern Parade in Drefach Felindre

The event is organized by The National Woollen Museum to commemorate 100 years since the fire in Cambrian Mills.

Meet outside Penboyr school at 5pm on November 2nd to join the lantern parade through the village to the mill.

Emily Laurens will be making a lantern to form the centerpiece of the parade. If you want to help make the lantern, there is a workshop at the Woollen Museum on 29th October.

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November and December Volunteer Workdays

Our next Volunteer Workday will be on Saturday 2nd November.

All are welcome to our volunteer workdays. The day runs from about 10am – 4pm, with a good mix of work, chat, fun and food! Please bring a dish to share for lunch and suitable work clothes.

In September we had a fantastic weekend putting all the “layers” onto the Roundhouse roof (see pictures below).

In November, we will be installing a French drain around the Roundhouse.

A French Drain is a trench filled with gravel and a perforated pipe that will redirect surface water and runoff from the roof away from the Roundhouse. We’ll also have 100 Grape Hyacinth bulbs to plant into the green roof.

Our following Volunteer Workday will be Sunday 8th December.

Plans are not fully fixed yet. We will probably be carrying out repairs on various fences and gateways. We will be using sustainably sourced Chestnut fence posts, as well as some Laburnum fence posts sourced from our own hedges.

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We built a Wind Turbine…

…and here she is, spinning away in the sunshine!

Left is the team who assembled for our wind turbine building workshop.

Over 5 days, Jonathan Schreiber (center) led us through the process of building a Hugh Piggott designed 3F wind turbine.

There was excitement, learning, laughter, work, good food and finally, the satisfaction of seeing the turbine the group had built take to the wind.

The build was really special.

We were not merely assembling a collection of ready made parts – we built the turbine from scratch. This was real hands-on engineering, and incredibly empowering!

Each part was made from basic materials, before being combined to create the working turbine. Planks of wood were sawn, chiseled and planed into turbine blades.

Copper wire and magnets made the stator and magnet rotors. Much careful thought and planning went into each stage to ensure that the component parts were put together correctly.

The stator and magnet rotors were cast in resin, then combined with a van rear-wheel hub to form the generator. The main body of the turbine was welded together from steel pipe and a tail cut from plywood.

On the last day the parts were painted, tested and carefully assembled before being taken out into the field for installation. A large frog hopped onto one of the blades for a quick look before all was ready for lifting up into the wind.

A wealth of information on Hugh Piggott turbines can be found on his website. Jonathan helps people build small wind turbines across Europe and beyond. More information can be found on his website.

More photos and videos of the build can be found on Instagram.

Many thanks to all the people who put time and energy into this project.

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It’s Waxcap season!

Here are some of the lovely grassland fungi I have found in the last few weeks.

If you want to know more about these gems of Autumn, Plantlife have produced this useful guide to Waxcap and allied fungi.

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Farm Produce – Shetland Beef and Lamb, Luscious Yarn

Once again, we will shortly have grass-fed meat available to sell from our flock of Shetland Sheep and our micro herd of Shetland Cattle. We will have a small amount of goat available too.

We also have some lovely yarn from the Shetland Sheep

If you are interested in any of our farm produce please see this page

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These animals play an important role in helping us maintain and expand the rich biodiversity of this land, entirely by hand (no tractor or strimmer!)

Both Shetland sheep and Shetland cattle are traditional breeds which are noted for the suitability to low input farming.

Both are classified as a minority breed by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust. Keeping and breeding these animals helps ensure their long term survival.

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DATE CHANGE – Roofing the Roundhouse

Due to unforeseen circumstances we need to change the date of the Roofing the Roundhouse Volunteer Weekend

We will now be meeting Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd September.

I have updated details in the post below.

As an added bonus, the second volunteer day will be on the same day as the All Year Round Equinox Harvest Supper. All are most welcome to stay on and join in with the celebration

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All Year Round – Equinox Harvest Supper

To celebrate the turning of the year, All Year Round are holding a

Bring and Share Harvest Supper

from 5pm on Sunday 22nd September

We’ll be lighting the campfire, laying out the feasting tables and making a labyrinth in the newly covered Roundhouse.

Bring food to share, instruments and singing voices.

Come along and celebrate the abundance of harvest!

Dewch i rannu digonedd y cynhaeaf!

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