Walking the dog has its compensations. None more than the pleasure of exploring the Cardiff Beech Wood SAC in the progress. In late April this year I heard a Firecrest in song Nothing more came of the record until I heard another/ same bird in song in early June and again later that month. A few brief glimpses of a 'crest' species followed over the last two months until an adult was watched with young this afternoon with 2 (probably 3) fledged young. This is the fifth time I've recorded the species at this site over the last 12 years (none in the previous three years - weather related?); and there are historic records for the area. The only previous time I've heard/ seen Firecrest during this period was in Bute Park. Do we have a breeding population that's going un recorded?