Wildlife

Moorhens Hard At Work: May 2021

Gill writes this charming insight into life on the canal: “Last Friday, as I cycled with my grandchildren along the Swansea Canal towpath close to the back of St Vincent’s Church in Clydach we were enthralled to watch the moorhen family of four chicks with their parents nesting together near the steel grid taking the...

Canoes and Ducks, 16th May 2021

The Sunday canoe hire started with driving rain and dark clouds. Then this happened: Mother duck bringing up the rear as her eight ducklings were out swimming. As a dog entered the canal, she rounded them up into the off bank. {Sorry for the less than fantastic photo.} The new buoyancy aids have arrived. The...

Iâr Ddŵr (Moorhen)

Iâr Ddŵr (Moorhen) This is another article from Dewi Lewis, this time about the moorhen. Dewi discusses the problems of pollution and in particular plastics. He describes how plastics are causing problems from a global scale to locally and how even the moorhen in our canal use pieces of plastic in their nests.    ...

Terapin Ar Y Gamlas / Terrapin On The Canal

Continuing his support of our occasional series in Welsh, Dewi Lewis has written a second piece, this time about one of the canal’s most famous residents: TERAPIN AR Y GAMLAS O dro i dro mae na rhyw olygfa sydd yn peri syndod i ddyn.Felly y bu hi yn ystod mis mehefin 2018. Cael sgwrs gyda...

Birds in Glais and Clydach

Darrel Joseph, a local wildlife photographer, took these lovely bird photographs in the Glais and Clydach area (several on the canal itself). He has kindly allowed us to share them on our website. Tynnodd Darrel Joseph, ffotograffydd bywyd gwyllt lleol, y ffotograffau adar hyfryd hyn yn ardal Glais a Clydach (sawl un ar y gamlas...

Wildlife on the Canal, October 2020

Here are two lovely photos and an amazing video clip of wildlife recently spotted on the canal in Clydach. The stills of the kingfisher and squirrel are wonderful close-ups and the video of the otter is truly outstanding. We are indebted to Beth and her son for the images. Keep your eyes peeled and send...

TERRAPIN IN THE SWANSEA CANAL: 25.817

Christine Carr took this photo of a terrapin in the Swansea Canal: This is what she said about the unexpected meeting;- “To say it was a surprise to me to see a terrapin sunbathing on the side of Swansea Canal is an understatement.  However, as it didn’t seem to want to interrupt its sun soaking...

WILDFLOWERS/WEEDS ALONG THE CANAL

     Wildflower seeds  were sown aong side the the towpath during recent repairs.  They are now coming into blossom, providing a source of nector for bees and other pollinators.  Hopefully these areas will gradually be increased as work progresses.    

WILDFLOWERS/WEEDS ALONG THE CANAL

  There has been some discussion regarding wildflowers and planting alongside the canal.  There are many wildflowers, easily recognisale specieis, but there are also many that are not.  The plants support a diversity of wildlife and play a very important part in the biodiversity of the local area.  Great care is taken when working along...

Primroses

The primroses planted at Trebanos Lock several years ago have now naturalised and and making a lovely display this year.   Well worth going along there to have a look.

Toby, Martins and Hawks.

  Volunteer Toby sent us this photo of  a sparrowhawk that he recently caught  attacking the martins nesting in his barn.  After capturing it, he set it free to continue on its way. Of course, the presence of predatory birds is a sign of a healthy small bird population.

Heron, Clydach Lock, 22.3.16

Volunteers worked on the off bank under the watchful eye of a heron perched in a tree above them.  The heron was seen to fly down into the canal under the road over-bridge. Within half a minute it caught three fish. Not good news for the fish, but a positive indication of the water quality...