Art Up A Mountain

On a freezing Sunday morning in mid-November,  I set out with Steph to walk Nant Tawe Fechan, from Tafarn y Garreg to the Tawe’s source high on the Brecon Beacons, making art as we went along. Technically not mountains, hills, but that’s a matter of elevation. We wanted to try out a few different art […]

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From Swansea to Solihull

Happy Friday readers! Yesterday, I swapped my usual routine of researching freshwater invertebrates, to teaching them to primary school children this week. For this, I visited Sharmans Cross Junior School (Solihull, West Midlands), who hosted a water day for their year 5 group (ages 9-10) so that the students could learn about how our precious […]

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#FishInThePost: Common Roach

This week’s #FishInThePost question linked to the common name of the fish species that we had in mind, and to a common name for a common insect. Our question was, ‘which Welsh freshwater fish has a common name the same as an insect that people also eat?’ James Stovold was the first to guess the […]

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#FishInThePost – Lemme know Minnow

On Thursday we tweeted this week’s #FishInThePost question: ‘Me being one of Wales’ smaller freshwater fishes, is it not impressive that I produce up to 1,000 eggs in a breeding season? Which Welsh freshwater fish am I?‘ Winning guess by Pepijn for this week’s #FishInThePost!  We had several great guesses, commentary, and puns about which […]

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The quest for dam data – #DamOrNot 2/2

In last week’s blog post, I wrote about #DamOrNot, a weekly game I host on Twitter, and shared definitions and imagery of different infrastructure we commonly encounter in the game. This week I’ll work to address a few questions that came through on Twitter. A few of these questions came from Michiel Jorisson, an active […]

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#FishInThePost – European bullhead

Yesterday we tweeted our weekly #FishInThePost with a special Christmas twist: The answer was very quickly delivered by @jessica_minett, who correctly identified the answer as the European bullhead (Cottus gobio). The meaning behind our festive pun stems back to the work of Smyly (1957), who identified that bullheads fixate on a single rock known as […]

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