|The Wildlife Trust Of
South and West Wales
|Welcome to the October 2015 E-newsletter|
Welcome to autumn folks, a time to enjoy some beautiful wildlife sights such as the stunning arrival of our winter visiting birds who come to enjoy the riches of our hedgerows.
This month hear about some fungus fun at Parc Slip Nature Reserve and see how our Wildlife Trust Officers plan on bringing in a bit of horsepower to our nature reserves!
Winter work starts
The grand total for marsh fritillary larval webs at Rhos Glyn yr Helyg was an amazing 671! Last year’s total was 42 so this is a massive increase. They also covered the whole site. I look forward to seeing the adults next summer. It was a lovely autumnal morning when we arrived at Coed Maidie … Continue reading Winter work starts
Skomer Island remains the best place to see puffins in southern Britain!
Puffins have been included in this latest IUCN red list because of their recent very poor trends in the north of Britain, and elsewhere in northern Europe. They have had some catastrophic breeding seasons in these areas and have seen significant population declines. This is thought to be linked to climate change reducing the availability … Continue reading Skomer Island remains the best place to see puffins in southern Britain!
Ash Die Back in Carmel
There has been some sad news for Carmel National Nature Reserve with the discovery and confirmation of Ash Dieback Disease. This disease is caused by a fungus that causes leaf loss, crown dieback and bark lesions in affected trees. Once a tree is infected the disease is usually fatal. It is hard to establish how many … Continue reading Ash Die Back in Carmel
Help a Hedgehog
Hedgehogs are unusual-looking and secretive creatures, which are a real treat to see in Britain. There is simply nothing else like them. Unfortunately Hedgehogs are becoming rarer to see as their numbers are declining in the UK. Habitat loss, a decline in food resources and a loss of connectivity in the landscape are all thought … Continue reading Help a Hedgehog
Horses for Courses in Woodlands
Woodland management is a huge part of our job at the Wildlife Trust. Well managed woodlands are havens for biodiversity and can even be a source of income for the Trust, for example, at Gelli Hir wood, where we use the coppice to create ‘Gower Charcoal‘ for sale in local shops. To do this, we … Continue reading Horses for Courses in Woodlands
Fungus Fun at Parc Slip Nature Reserve
Fabulous Fungus Explorations on UK Fungus Day Glamorgan Fungus Group held a special event on Sunday the 11th October to celebrate UK Fungus Day in collaboration with the UK Fungus Day Team at the British Mycological Society and the Wildlife Trust of South & West Wales staff at Parc Slip Nature Reserve. Group Members organised … Continue reading Fungus Fun at Parc Slip Nature Reserve
A Successful 5th Year at the Unknown Wales Conference
This year’s Unknown Wales Conference was another resounding success, with over 200 delegates joining us at the National Museum in Cardiff for a day of talks on Wales’ weird and wonderful wildlife. The Conference is organised jointly by the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales and the National Museum of Wales Cardiff, supported by … Continue reading A Successful 5th Year at the Unknown Wales Conference
The Welsh Wildlife Centre open all year.
This year as never before we will be open twelve months of the year. We will be open up to 20th December 2015 , taking only a short break and reopening on New Year’s day 2016. We will be serving all day breakfasts on News Years Day for those who want a walk around the Teifi … Continue reading The Welsh Wildlife Centre open all year.
Bridgend Nature Reserve Scoops Prestigious Award!
A South Wales nature reserve, Parc Slip, owned and managed by The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales, has fought off competition from across Britain to become the national winner of Biffa Award’s Rebuilding Biodiversity project of the year prize. The Wildlife Trust has managed Parc Slip nature reserve in Tondu, near Bridgend, since … Continue reading Bridgend Nature Reserve Scoops Prestigious Award!
Cardigan Bay Marine Team Makes A Splash At Local Hero Awards!
The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales’ Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre marine team are delighted to have won Radio Ceredigion’s Local Hero ‘Green’ Award! The heart moving award ceremony was held at The Pier, Aberystwyth last week. These awards are the first of its kind in Ceredigion and were launched to recognise and … Continue reading Cardigan Bay Marine Team Makes A Splash At Local Hero Awards!
Working for Wildflowers at White Rock
White Rock is a wonderful place to discover, right in the heart of Copperopolis in Swansea. It is the site of one of the oldest Copper Works in Swansea, established in 1736, and was one of the most important works for copper smelting in the Lower Swansea Valley. Now, hidden under encroaching vegetation, there is … Continue reading Working for Wildflowers at White Rock
Wildlife Trust Christmas Cards & Calendar Now Available!
Bring the gift of wildlife to your loved ones this Christmas with these delightful Wildlife Trust branded Christmas cards featuring five beautiful images of iconic British wildlife. The cards come in packs of 10 with two of each design plus envelopes. You can pick up packets from the Gift Shop at the Welsh Wildlife Centre … Continue reading Wildlife Trust Christmas Cards & Calendar Now Available!
Bringing Back Heathland at Llyn Fach
I like friendly wildlife or if you’re being pragmatic and probably more biologically accurate cold-blooded wildlife that can’t actually physically move. I like to think my finger was the equivalent of a hot radiator on a cold day; she flew off a few minutes later. She is a Black Darter by the way and she … Continue reading Bringing Back Heathland at Llyn Fach
New Woodlands Officer
Hello West Glamorgan I’m Tara Daniels, the new West Glamorgan’s Wild Woodlands Project Officer for The Wildlife Trust of South & West Wales. I’ll be working in 12 woodlands across parts of the Gower, Swansea, Neath and Port Talbot area funded by WREN is a not for profit business that awards grants to community projects … Continue reading New Woodlands Officer
Furnace to Flowers
Furnace to Flowers is Gwent Wildlife Trust’s vision to transform parts of the former Ebbw Vale Steelworks site into a space flourishing with wild flowers for both people and wildlife to thrive. With your support this vision could become a reality. Gwent Wildlife Trust is delighted to have reached the public vote stage as part … Continue reading Furnace to Flowers
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