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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

Beth checking a nest box by Vaughn Matthews

New Faces

Hi everyone, my name’s Beth and I will be taking over from Laura as the Local Wildlife Sites Officer with the Wildlife Trust of South & West Wales, based at the Nature Centre in Tondu. Beth checking a nest box by Vaughn Matthews My first experience with the Trust was when I was just 15, during an exciting week-long GCSE work experience placement at Parc Slip Nature Reserve.  Since then, I have gone on to complete a BSC International Wildlife Biology degree and have now been volunteering with the Trust at the Nature Centre for nearly three years, helping out with a range of different things including practical conservation work, species surveying and monitoring, and lending a hand at public events.…
Red Squirrel by Graham Eaton

Red Squirrels – in Rhandirmwyn One Day?

In an exciting new development, Welsh Government funding has been awarded to us helping support community action across the red squirrel focal area. The funding from Environment Wales, a partnership in the voluntary sector that supports voluntary action to protect and improve the environment, has enabled  WTSWW to roll out a Trap Loan Scheme on behalf of the Mid Wales Red Squirrel Partnership (MWRSP). Red squirrel in hold for recording biometrics The Trap Loan Scheme is part of a wider effort to reduce the population of grey squirrels in mid Wales, as they are detrimental to the survival of the native red squirrel. …

A Nature Poet in War Time

The year 2014 has seen the anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. The ‘soldier poets’ of 1914-18, such as Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon, left us with unforgettably moving and powerful representations of life in the trenches. For most of them the war was to bring their lives and writing careers to a tragically premature end. Edward Thomas in 1905 Not all the so-called ‘war poets’ wrote directly about the physical and emotional horrors of war.  One who adopted a more indirect approach was Edward Thomas (1878-1917), now regarded as one of the most ecologically-aware poets of the last century.…
Iolo Williams tells us about his Wild Life at Parc Slip

This is My Wild Life

“No one will protect what they don’t care about; and no one will care about what they have never experienced.” David Attenborough Iolo Williams tells us about his Wild Life at Parc Slip Welcome to My Wild Life…a brand new, inspirational campaign being launched in spring 2015 by the Wildlife Trusts. Did you know that…Fewer than one in ten children regularly play in wild places, compared to almost half, a generation ago. (Childhood and Nature. Natural England, 2009) This campaign aims to bridge this gap between people and wildlife and highlight how we use, interact with and enjoy nature.…
The red kite was almost hunted to extinction in Wales, birds such as these must be protected by law - L Maiden

Rally for Wildlife

Do you love and care about wildlife? Join us on Tuesday 9 December in London for a Rally for Nature Next May we will have a General Election in the UK and the political parties will be looking to win your support. Unfortunately, despite the well-documented evidence of the decline of so much of our natural heritage, and cases of wildlife crime occurring right across the UK – nature and wildlife remain low on the political agenda. This is your chance to tell your MP why nature matters so much to all of us.…
Santa's Grotto

Santa’s coming to Parc Slip Nature Reserve

See your little ones’ faces light up as they meet Santa himself at Parc Slip Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre (Coffee Shop) on 6th & 7th December. Santa’s Grotto Booking is essential as places are limited; call us on 01656 724100 or pop into the Coffee Shop to book your place today. £5 entry fee per child which includes a present from Santa.
Seal monitoring on Skomer Island - a marked pup

Seal Pupping Season on Skomer Island

The relative quiet of August on Skomer Island allows us to catch our breath after the sea bird season. But our seal cows are busy looking for sheltered rocky coves, and even caves, in which to give birth. As soon as the first pup is born, the island team begin daily monitoring of the edges of the island, looking for new pups and counting the seals on their favourite low tide haul out spots. Seal monitoring on Skomer – the fun part of the job We were blessed by a calm and warm September, and our daily rounds to check for seal pups were a great excuse to walk the island looking for migrant birds and spend time watching the pups and their anxious mothers.…