I didn’t have my camera with me this morning when I spotted a young / juvenile water vole in the canal in Porth Tywyn. But that’s ok – it the observation that’s the important part. Documentation is always secondary to participation and observation.
But here’s a picture of a possible elder family member taken within 2 kilometres on the 26th April last year.
Llygoden bengron y dŵr / Water vole
Once home, I downloaded the iRecord app to note the sighting (according to the advice given by the Wildlife Trust)
Travelling along the canal always makes me appreciate the incredible work of the local ‘Grab and back’ litter pick group. Consummately led by Selina, John and Paul, the work they do in the local area is incredible.
Following a litter pick conducted along the canal earlier this year, someone commented, “I don’t know why you bother, there’s already new discarded bottles and litter along the canal”
I guess the question should be asked from a different perspective.
Instead of ‘Is the canal cleaner now than it was immediately after the last litter pick?’, the question should be, ‘Is the canal cleaner now than it was 5 or 10 years ago?’. Given the regular work of wonderful volunteers, the answer to that question is now always, ‘Yes’.
And sightings like this are now the norm.
Adar Ddŵr / Moorhens
Apparently there have also been multiple sightings of ‘water dogs’ along this part of the canal this year as well.
Never heard of ‘water dogs’? Perhaps you’re more familiar with the original name of ‘dyfrgi’ – or ‘otters’ as they’re commonly called in English!