Cruet collar-moss (Splachnum ampullaceum) grows on aging herbivore droppings and with the landscape around Blaenavon now supporting a healthy herd of Welsh black cattle I felt a search was in order. Unfortunately the wet heath and rhos pasture in the Garn yr erw area produced nothing at all despite plenty of cowpats. This disappointment however was compensated by a good movement of upland passerines. Couple of wheatear were very mobile along with several skylark and dozens of meadow pipit. The willow scrub beside a small upland pond supported a reed bunting and a sedge warbler. A whinchat alighted briefly before flying out of sight. Somewhat surprisingly the same pond was home to a female tufted duck. Black darter dragonflies were widespread.