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We have a very busy Wildlife Trust with a great deal happening across our four counties. If you are interested in any press stories please contact Lyndsey Maiden (l.maiden@Welshwildlife.org) 07799 050805 or 01656 724100

Lichen by Graham Watkeys

The unveiling of lichen

Just sit watching a tree, Its leaves waving away Sit watching a tree, Leaves waving away, Watch a tree, Waving away, Watch, See, Leaves drifting, Watch a tree, Leaves drifting away, Sit watching a tree, See leaves drifting away, Just sit watching a tree, Then you’ll see, A tree is never bare, But always clothed. #gallery-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-1 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ A bedecked hawthorn by Graham Watkeys A single branch can hold many species in this case three – Platismatia glauca, Ramalina farinacea and Usnea subfloridana Lichen by Graham Watkeys Lichens are a symbiotic organism of fungi and algae and they come in many forms foliose or leaf like, crustose and fruticose or branching.…
Adult marsh fritillary by Rob Parry

A New Reserve on Gower and Funding from Sita Trust

The Wildlife Trust of South West Wales( WTSWW)  is celebrating the news that it has secured a £70,000 grant from SITA Trust to enhance The Dranges for species including a rare species of butterfly. Clearing Scrub on the Dranges by Becca Killay The Dranges is a 17ha site in the Gower near Swansea. It incorporates dry species-rich grassland, marshy grassland, water courses, ponds and woodland. This site was owned and managed sympathetically for conservation for three decades by one of WTSWW’s founder members, John Pressdee.…
Derek Moore OBE

Derek Moore a Brilliant Bird Brain

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Derek Moore OBE, late last week. Derek Moore wrote his autobiography last year and the best way to start with this obituary is to quote two well-known figures who wrote forewords: “To me Derek has been a minder, a mentor and a mate. I am happy to say that he is on my team (and vice versa).  “He is also on Nature’s team, and Nature has reason to be grateful.” Bill Oddie Derek Moore OBE “Derek has spent a lot of time ‘fixing’ wildlife and he has done it determinedly.…
Ian Cowpertwait

Cors Ian – In Memory

Nearly 20 years ago, in the 1990s, 15.4ha of beautiful upland valley mire in mid Ceredigion was purchased by Marlene Matthews, in memory of her son Ian Cowpertwait, who had been a student at Aberystwyth University. Brynarth Bach was renamed Cors Ian after him and was donated to the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales “to be caretakers of this beautiful place” in 2003, “…the first day I saw it, I knew it was a natural nature reserve.” Ian Cowpertwait “It is a privilege for me to say a few words about Ian to commemorate what would be his 50th birthday on the 5th November.…
Stephen Moss talks about the revival of the Red Kite in Wales

Unknown Wales Conference Review 2014

Peter Hill of Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust We had a fantastic day at the 4th annual Unknown Wales Conference this year, held on Saturday 11th October 2014 in conjunction with the National Museum of Wales, with over 200 delegates joining us at the museum for a day of interesting talks. The day kicked off with a brilliant talk from Dr Tim Healing, who gave us an account of his long-term study of the bank vole on our Skomer Island and on neighbouring Ramsey Island.…
Oak Bracket – characterised by the weeping of amber liquid

Fascinatingly frustrating fungi

Permit me to start with a rather cheap gag.   The first rule of fungi is that many of them cannot be identified in the field.   The second rule of fungi (and you’re waaay ahead of me here I can tell) is that many of them cannot be identified in the field.   This is highly frustrating (especially if you have a list orientated mind) but nature has obviously decreed that there shall be umpteen little brown fungi that look like they should be unique but sadly aren’t.…
Health and Well Being Fayre at the Welsh Wildlife Centre

Health and Well Being Fayre at the Welsh Wildlife Centre

What a FASCINATING weekend we have in store for you at The Welsh Wildlife Centre on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 November… Why not come along, release some of that winter tension and blues by sampling one of the many relaxing complimentary therapies that will be available…. On offer will be a range of touch/body work therapies including the Bowen Technique, Craniosacral therapy & Shiatsu which can be helpful for a number of medical complaints including physical injuries as well as emotional conditions.…