WORDS

A collection of words depicting the Dernol valley through notebooks and collages.

Mapping and Musing - Birds - Bats - Burrows by artist Sue Purcell

‘mapping & musing: BATS, BIRDS & BURROWS’

Collage of data: recording bats, ringing birds, text & other musings focused in the Dernol Valley.

media: found map, pencil, crayon, paper & hardboard. 40 x 40cms.

With thanks to:

Ceri Jones, Conservation Ecologist BTO ‘c’ permit bird ringer, and Elinor Parry from Protected Species Ecology Ltd, for bat technology.

detail #1 of mapping & musing: BATS, BIRDS & BURROWS by artist Sue Purcell

detail # 1

These are the results of bat recordings along the river-bank opposite our house in Dernol – Common & Soprano Pipistrelle and at least one species of Myotis bat.

Analysed recordings were kindly done by Elinor Parry in October 2018.

detail # 2

Spotted Flycatchers returned to our garden and made their home in the nest box on our bungalow. They had five young and were kindly ringed by Ceri, in June 2019.  Their ring numbers are shown here,  also indicating the location in the Dernol Valley.

detail # 3 - media: found map, pencil, crayon, paper & hardboard. 40 x 40cms.

detail # 3

Banc Dolhelfa is a landslide view that I see everyday from my kitchen window. I walked three quarters of the way up and was nicely surprised to find a medium sized thin piece of mudstone. This caught my eye because it had trace fossil trails: evidence of worm burrows made in the Silurian period 450 ma ago.

detail # 4 - media: found map, pencil, crayon, paper & hardboard. 40 x 40cms.

detail # 4

I have done many walks in the Dernol valley. There is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) Gweunydd Nant y Dernol opposite to my home. There are Otters, Atlantic Bullheads, spawning & juvenile Atlantic Salmon, and unusual species of flora including Dyer’s Greenweed, Wood Bitter-vetch & Fairy Flax.