Another Gwent Goosander Survey visit to Dunlop Semtex Pond produced exactly the same scenario as previous visits, namely no goosander, the long staying colour ringed Montgomeryshire mute swan and a characteristic detergent pollution incident.
Yesterdays Gwent Recorders Forum was once again top notch with some very interesting presentations. Elsa Wood's and Stephanie Tyler's botanical presentation illustrated just how important it is to the record the common and not just the rare. A vice county distribution map for common daisy was sparser than that for early purple orchid. This theme was also taken up by Adam Rowe in his south east Wales map for mole.
The forum is always a good chance to touch base with familiar faces and fellow recorders. There were a few comments about my appearance, including 'you are looking well' which we all know is a euphemism for 'fat'. Another suggested I'm looking more and more like Hugh Fearnley-Wittingstall and one long standing and well respected county recorder hinted at my pending retirement based on my whitening locks