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Wednesday, 10 March 2010

In search of a LEO

Not a lion or a birth sign (what rubbish!) but a long eared owl. Thanks to the work of Chris Hatch over recent years it appears LEOs are not such a rare breeding bird in Gwentland after all. Matureing post war  moorland edge forestry plantations have provided just the right environment for successful breeding - I knew all that tree planting on molina, heathland and acid grassland would be worth it in the end, such vision! A dusk jolly to Blaenavon Communtiy Woodland in the hope I would pick up a LEO was nonetheless fruitless. Redpoll and a couple of crossbill filled the gap.

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