According to National Biodiversity Network the heath snail (Helicella itala) isn't present in the vice county of Monmouthshire. A specialist of limestone grassland I felt this mollusc was a good bet for the quarries that pock mark the eastern margin of the south Wales coalfield from the Clydath to Pontypool.
The shallow quarry at Cwm Lasgarn near Abersychan with its limestone spoil was the venue for today's naturalist excursion. The snail wasn't difficult find, turn a few stones and there is was numerous and widespread. All specimens collected were dead and somewhat bleached with others coated in brown soil.
Bird wise, siskin and lesser redpoll were plentiful in the larch plantation that encircle the quarry. Three flypast fieldfare was the only other noteworthy record.