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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.…
Reed warbler

Songbird survival in the face of starvation

Many of the migratory songbirds that visit our shores in the summer to nest and raise their young spend the winter in the heart of Africa. Reed warbler A team of ornithologists from Cardiff University have recently discovered some of the surprising survival strategies that these birds use to avoid starvation in the arid regions on the fringes of the Sahara desert. One example is an unassuming small brown bird, the reed warbler, which leads a remarkable double life. Normally thought of as wetland species, reed warblers actually use a wide range of habitats in Africa.…
The great wall of Coed y Bwl by Richard Marks

The Great Wall of Coed y Bwl

On a dark and stormy night last autumn, gale force winds off the Bristol Channel hit Coed-y-Bwl Reserve with enough force to bring down a 25ft section of perimeter wall – sending chunks of limestone rolling down the precious wild daffodil slope, leaving a trail of debris and in their wake The great wall of Coed y Bwl by Richard Marks Volunteers were quickly on the case – assessing the damage and planning repairs. Employing a stone mason – at great cost – was ruled out in favour of a DIY rebuild by our resident weekend workers.…
Lapwing on Parc Slip by MJ Clark

Threatened Lapwing Given Urgently Needed Support

A vital Lapwing revival project will be undertaken at Parc Slip Nature Reserve, on the outskirts of Bridgend, thanks to a Landfill Communities Fund grant of £26,060 from SITA Trust. Lapwing on Parc Slip by MJ Clark Parc Slip Nature Reserve is owned and managed by The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales (WTSWW). The reserve is a restored opencast site consisting of a mixture of meadows, wetlands and woodland. Thanks to this funding one of the key species on the reserve, the Lapwing, will be receiving a major boost over the next few months.…
Basking Shark by JP Trenque

Megafauna Hotspots: the Missing Link in Marine Protection

New report highlights need to protect important places for dolphins, whales and basking sharks Today (4 November) a new report identifies four important Welsh ‘megafauna hotspots’ around our shores for the first time and highlights the need to protect them. Save Our Ocean Giants – the protected areas we need for dolphins, whales and basking sharks explains why The Wildlife Trusts want to see these newly identified hotspots (special areas on which whales, dolphins and basking sharks most depend) protected by law. …
A New Reserve on Gower and Funding from Sita Trust

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.…
Apprentices at Dow Corning

Young Apprentices Help Wildlife in Barry

Young apprentices in Barry are busy protecting wildlife as part of a campaign supported by The Co-operative. Apprentices at Dow Corning Welsh Wildlife Heroes is a national campaign run by Wildlife Trusts Wales and funded entirely by the money collected from the single-use carrier bag charge in The Co-operative food stores and pharmacies in Wales. The focus of the campaign is supporting native species and improving habitats for some of Wales’ rarest and most endangered wildlife, and empowering the people of Wales to become wildlife heroes themselves by taking small steps in their gardens or local communities.…