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Previous Fungal Foray

Last October or the year before, the Friends of Bute Park were treated to a fungal foray organised and led by members of the Glamorgan Fungus Group (see their Facebook page here). Looking forward to the next  walk this October … Continue reading

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Results of Himalayan balsam clearance!

This photograph was taken very recently by a Friend and shows Blackweir woods looking beautiful in the spring sunshine with wild garlic and bluebells growing in profusion. This lovely carpet of flowers is due to the hard work you have put … Continue reading

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Identification of Bulb Planting Task 2014

Throughout the Restoration Project, bulbs have been planted throughout the Park by various groups. Many of these plantings have not been based on any previously drawn plans or recorded after they were planted. This left a significant gap in the data Bute … Continue reading

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Excavations at the Mill Leat Cardiff Castle: 24/25th October 2013

Dr Amelia Pannett of Archaeology Wales led the team of volunteers.  On the Thursday there were four volunteers from The Friends of Bute Park, and four students from Cardiff University Archaeology Department. The excavation team had discovered a variety of … Continue reading

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Visit to the Mill Leat – 27th September 2013

Mill Leat Site Visit On Friday 27th September we were invited by Alun Griffiths – the contractors on the Mill Leat project – to visit the site.  This was a unique opportunity to see the work in progress before the … Continue reading

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A Walk in the Park

Dafydd Cadog, a very capable and entertaining speaker, led a large group of Friends and members of Cardiff Civic Society around Bute Park last evening. We assembled outside the Mochyn Du public house and resisting the temptation to pop in … Continue reading

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QR codes in Bute Park

Originally designed for industrial use, QR codes have become common in consumer advertising. Typically, a smartphone is used as a QR-code scanner, displaying the code and converting it to a useful form such as a standard URL for a website, … Continue reading

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18th May 2013 Friends of Bute Park AGM

We held our AGM last Saturday (18th May). We met beforehand and spent an hour walking round the Park looking at the latest developments. Before we began we drew attention to the pressure on the Blackweir woods SINC (Site of … Continue reading

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Saturday 20th April 2013 – Honey bees

Dinah Sweet is the Chair of the Cardiff, Vale and Valleys Beekeepers and has 37 years experience of bee-keeping and is a seasonal bee inspector. She gave us an extremely interesting talk on recognising  different bee species, getting started in … Continue reading

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Wednesday 13th March 2013 – Wild Bees and Gardens

Marc Carlton gave us a wonderful, illustrated talk on wild bees (everything but honey bees) and I heard a lot of things that were new to me.  For example, did you know that bees evolved from wasps? Wasps apparently feed their … Continue reading

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