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Bywyd Gwyllt Glaslyn Wildlife (BGGW) was set up in 2013 as a community interest company to continue the work of protecting breeding ospreys in the Glaslyn Valley.

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Today is National Winnie the Pooh Day, commemorating the birth date of Winnie the Pooh’s creator, the author A A Milne on 18th January 1882.

There is a connection between Winnie the Pooh and the Glaslyn Valley that some of you may not be aware of. Back in the summer of 1923, A A Milne and a group of friends leased a house, Plas Brondanw, from the architect Clough Williams-Ellis. They intended to use the house as a base to explore the Snowdonia countryside. Unfortunately persistent rain prevented the group from enjoying any of their planned outdoor activities.

A A Milne decided instead to take himself off to the summer house to work on his poetry and during the course of the following week and a half he wrote a poem each day. These poems formed the basis of Milne’s poetry book for children “When We Were Very Young”, the book that first introduced us to the teddy bear that was to become Winne the Pooh. Included in the book was a poem called “Teddy Bear” about the bear that belonged to A A Milne’s son, Christopher Robin. Eventually Christopher Robin renamed his bear Winnie the Pooh, after Winnie a Canadian black bear he often saw in London Zoo. Pooh was actually a mute swan that Christopher Robin regularly fed on his walks and he appears as a character in his own right in “When We Were Very Young”.

Plas Brondanw is located in the village of Garreg Llanfrothen, close to our visitor centre at Pont Croesor. Further details can be found on www.plasbrondanw.com

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A drake Wigeon on the Glaslyn this week. These colourful ducks are a familiar sight on the Glaslyn estuary. They usually arrive on their wintering grounds here in late summer and early autumn just after our Ospreys have left us. They will remain on the estuary until April when all of them will have returned to their breeding grounds in Scandinavia and other parts of Europe.

There are three species of Wigeons and all three have occured on the Glaslyn. It is always worth checking through the Wigeon flocks in winter since the rare American Wigeon has been seen here on several occasions.The Chiloe Wigeon from South America sometimes escapes from wildfowl collections in this country and a drake was recorded on the Glaslyn in the 1990s.

Wigeons are long-lived birds and have been known to live to over 35 years.

The Welsh name for the Wigeon is Chwiwell which refers to the duck's distinctive whistling call which is so evocative of the Glaslyn marshes in winter.
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A peaceful sunset on the beach at Morfa Bychan.

Looks like we are in for a rather icy blast next week. Stay warm and safe everyone!
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