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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

Tawe Volunteers

Tawe Volunteers

In Swansea we have a brilliant group of volunteers who are helping us raise awareness of the importance of local waterways and also are doing a fantastic job of looking after the local environment. Trouble with Tomatoes Happily, there have not been many serious pollution incidents on the Tawe recently, However, Jake Lewis on the M4 bridge stretch discovered some stray tomato plants on the bank. Tomato plants growing in unlikely locations are a serious indicator of contamination with human waste, and in this case, Jake has discovered what appears to be an intermittent leak from the sewage system.…
Puffins Hit Hard by Last Winter’s Storms

Puffins Hit Hard by Last Winter’s Storms

As the first storms of the winter turn the Atlantic into a gargantuan washing machine, research is revealing the harsh consequences of last winter’s storms for seabirds in Wales. Dr Matt Wood, from the University of Gloucestershire, is helping to uncover the consequences for thousands of puffins on Skomer Island, in Wales. Dead puffin at Caswell Bay Around 50,000 dead seabirds, including puffins, guillemots and razorbills, were washed ashore in a severely emaciated state – they’d basically starved as storm after storm prevented them from catching enough fish to eat.…
Not a cigarette but Green Woodpecker droppings

What are your average winter colours?

In a season not famed for the range of its colour palette things tend to stand out especially if they offer something for the eye to latch onto. Of course what they do latch onto isn’t always pleasant as the hidden detritus of humanity rise like dropped zombies from the undergrowth in the form of long hidden cans and crisp packets. Alternatively more interesting things also appear; the white thing in amongst the grass is unlikely to be a daisy so a slight detour to investigate and this time it turned out to be some (this may be one for the birdy purists) Green Woodpecker poo! …
Carmel hedge laying the Breconshire Style

Hedgerows and Wild Service Trees in Carmarthenshire

Frequent travellers along the A476, Crosshands to Llandeilo road could not have failed to notice the large amount of laid hedge there is now at Carmel National Nature Reserve. We have employed a local contractor to lay over 1 Km of mature roadside hedge. The contractor has employed 2 different styles to hedge laying that reflects the diversity of this traditional skill. Carmel hedge laying the Breconshire Style Hedge laying is a method of stock proofing a field that has been used for centuries.…
Sessile Oak Wood at Penderi Cliffs Reserve L Maiden

Bridgend Group’s Five-star Members’ Night

With festive spirit and a record audience of over 60, Bridgend Group presented a five-star programme of wildlife lectures at the Trust’s Parc Slip Centre at Tondu. Sessile oaks at Penderi Cliffs Nature Reserve Five  members gave wide-ranging talks – backed by digital photography – on natural history and travel at home and abroad. *Roy Williams gave a professional insight into the history and  commercial use of English and Sessile Oak; *Eirian Edwards explored the topography, scenery and wildlife of Nova Scotia; *Cardiff University student Lorna Baggett talked about her year’s placement study and hands-on experience of wildlife conservation with the Trust, based at Parc Slip; *Chris Lewis took the audience on a sentimental journey to Chile, following the footsteps of his childhood mentor, Dr. …
Jewel anemones by Sally Sharrock

Wales takes the plunge into protecting seas

Today (Friday 12 December) the Welsh Government designated its first Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ).  This announcement means that the seas around Skomer Island off the coast of Pembrokeshire will become Wales’ first MCZ.   The Wildlife Trusts welcome the designation of Wales’ first MCZ as an important step forward in striving for an ecologically coherent network of protected areas around UK shores. People in England will have a chance to have their say about potential MCZs in English waters in the New Year.  …
Kestrel box going into place

The North Ceredigion Kestrel Project

As you are probably aware, the Megan Jones Legacy enabled a project led by Mike Hayward to get under way providing nest boxes for kestrels. Mike writes about the first year’s work:- The status of the Kestrel – Cudyll coch – in Ceredigion has been one of a steady decline in breeding pairs, especially over the past few decades. Undoubtedly some of this decline can be attributed to changes in farming, especially the intensive grazing of the hills and uplands, and to the loss of habitat due to forestry plantings.…