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Latest Statement and Call for Urgent Support from our Chief Executive Officer

The Covid-19 situation has exacerbated what would already have been a very difficult year for The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales (WTSWW). The grants we usually receive from Natural Resources Wales and Welsh Government to help fund our conservation work have not been agreed for the new financial year, leaving a hole in our budgets.

Ash Dieback has affected many of our nature reserves, resulting in an urgent need to find £100,000 to deal with the trees posing the highest risks. This is only for a tiny proportion of our ash trees, only those in close proximity to key infrastructure, but is nonetheless a substantial cost. Then the floods caused damage to some of our most popular walking routes.

On top of this, the restrictions imposed to limit the spread of Covid-19 have meant that our main income source has suddenly stopped.

We earn nearly 50% of our income through tourism-related activities; cafes, shops, holiday accommodation and Skomer landings, and the lockdown comes at our busiest time of year which is disastrous!

For these reasons our WTSWW Board of Trustees has had to make a series of very rapid, difficult and far-reaching decisions. All our visitor centres are closed, as are Skomer and Skokholm Islands, although the staff remain on the Islands to continue their essential conservation work. Most of our work on nature reserves has also had to stop and is again limited to emergency work. We are continuing with our Red Squirrels project and the Living Seas Wales project and finding ways for our staff to work safely within the guidelines.

As of today, 40 staff have been furloughed, leaving a skeleton staffing to maintain the vital functions of the Trust, and respond to issues which will arise over the next few months. We are also very lucky to have dedicated volunteers who will support us during this dreadful time and we appreciate the support shown by our members and donors.

These measures have helped reduce the financial impact of Covid-19, however there is far more to be done to raise sufficient money to replace our lost income, and to ensure our Wildlife Trust has a future… and is still here next year!

These really are worrying times and every donation does make a big difference. Please help us ensure that wildlife has a future in south and West Wales by making a donation however big or small. We need your support now more than ever!

Without easy access to the countryside during the lockdown, I hope that at the end of this, many more people will put much greater value on the outdoors, the natural environment and local wildlife.

Sarah Kessell, Chief Executive Officer.
The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales.

Good News for Living Seas/Newyddion Da i Foroedd Byw

Corkwing Wrasse
Male Corkwing Wrasse

Male Corkwing Wrasse

North Wales Wildlife Trust and Wildlife Trust South & West Wales have joined forces to bring you our Living Seas Wales Project. The project is due to launch in Summer 2018 as part of Wales’ Year of the Sea. The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) have awarded the Partnership £25,860 to develop the application for a full grant in November.

Our Living Seas Wales project will use awe-inspiring, pioneering and engaging experiences to build connections and inspire action for our seas. It will provide participants with opportunities to learn about, enjoy and contribute to the conservation of the marine environment.

We need your help in developing this project!

To help us create the project we are undertaking consultation with the communities within which we’ll work.

Click here if you have 5 minutes to answer four simple questions about what you currently think about Wales’ coastal and marine wildlife?

Click here if you would like to know more about this project or please feel free to get in touch with our Living Seas Manager,Sarah Perry

Mae Ymddiriedolaeth Natur Gogledd Cymru ac Ymddiriedolaeth Natur De a Gorllewin Cymru wedi ymuno â’i gilydd i sefydlu prosiect Moroedd Byw Cymru. Mi fydd y prosiect yn lansio yn ystod Haf 2018 fel rhan o Flwyddyn y Môr yng Nghymru. Mae Cronfa Treftadaeth y Loteri (CTL) wedi darparu £25,860 i’r Bartneriaeth i ddatblygu’r cais am y grant llawn a fydd yn cael eu cyflwyno i’r Gronfa ym mis Tachwedd.

Bydd ein prosiect Moroedd Byw Cymru yn defnyddio profiadau syfrdanol, arloesol a diddorol i adeiladu cysylltiadau gydag ac i ysbrydoli gweithred ar gyfer ein moroedd. Bydd yn rhoi cyfle i’r cyfranogwyr i ddysgu am, i fwynhau ac i gyfrannu at warchod yr amgylchedd morol.

Rydym angen eich cymorth i ddatblygu’r prosiect yma!

Er mwyn ein helpu i greu’r prosiect yma rydym yn cynnal ymgynghoriad gyda’r cymunedau y byddwn yn gweithio.
Cliciwch yma os oes gennych chi 5 munud i ateb pedwar cwestiwn syml am yr hyn yr ydych yn meddwl ar hyn o bryd am fywyd gwyllt arfordirol a morol Cymru?
Cliciwch yma os hoffech wybod mwy am y prosiect hwn mae croeso i chi gysylltu â’n Rheolwr Moroedd Byw, Sarah Perry ar


At Glance Welsh Wildlife Centre 2014

We have many events planned for 2014 at the Welsh Wildlife Centre –  we haven’t got all of these in our events calendar but we do have a list as of 20/12

For the first time The Glass House Café will Open on New Year’s Day January 1st from 10.30am to 3pm.

  • February 24th – 28th – Half Term Events

    • Monday: Help to build a Minibeast Mansion: 12pm onwards (drop in session)

    • Tuesday: Birds of Prey : 2pm-4pm

    • Wednesday: Arts N Crafts: 11am-1pm & 2pm-4pm

    • Thursday: Meet some Ferrets: 2pm-4pm

  • March 8/9th Introduction to Bee Keeping (Day1) /Intermediate Bee Keeping (Day 2). 9.30am to 4.30pm.

Course tutor: Nikki Stonebridge

  • March 30thIntroduction to Wildlife Gardening. 9.30am to 4.30pm. Course Tutor: Angie Polkey

  • April 6thMini Habitats for the Wildlife Garden. Morning: Creating Ponds and Watery Wonderlands. Afternoon: Creating Mini Meadows & Bee Borders. 9.30am to 4.30pm. Course Tutor: Angie Polkey (TBC)

  • Tues April 15th – Planting for Pollinators. 1.30pm-4.30pm. Course Tutor: Angie Polkey

  • Easter Holiday Events:

    • Wed 16th – Easter Themed Arts N Crafts – Egg Decoration: 11am & 2pm

    • Thurs 17th – Reptile Ramble: 2pm

    • Good Friday & Easter Saturday – Easter Treasure Trail: 11am

    • Sunday 20th – Egg Decoration: 11am & 2pm

    • Bank Holiday Monday – Birds of Prey: 2pm

    • Tues 21st – Woodland Creations: 2pm

    • Wed 22nd – Wildlife Arts N Crafts: 11am & 2pm

    • Thurs 23rd –Pond dipping: 11am& 2pm

  • April 20thAn introduction to Spring Bird ID (Garden, Wetland & Woodland Birds) includes Song ID & Bird Behaviour. Course Tutors: Bob & Annie Haycock

  • April 26th – Photography workshop. 10am to 4pm.Course Tutor: Andy Davies.

  • May 4th – Dawn Chorus led by Mike Snow. 4am.

  • May 7th – Introduction to Wildlife Gardening. 9.30am to 4pm. Course Tutor: Angie Polkey.

  • May 11th – Photography Workshop. 10am to 4pm. Course Tutor: Andy Davies

  • Whitsun Holiday Events so far: 26th – 30th May

    • Mon 26th – Birds of Prey: 2pm

    • Tues 27th – Woodland Creations: 2pm

    • Wed 28th – Arts N Crafts – 11am & 2pm

    • Thurs 29th – Bush Craft – 2pm

  • June 4th – Create your own Nature Reserve (a course for landowners). 9.30am t0 4.30pm.

Course tutor: Angie Polkey

  • June 8th – Wild Orchids in the Nature Reserves of Wales – Orchid & Wildflower ID. 2pm-4pm.

Course tutor: Sue Parker.

  • June 19th – Bat Walk led by Nathan Walton. 8.30pm

  • July 5th – Mini Habitats for the Wildlife Garden. Morning: Woody Wildlife Wonders – Trees & Shrubs in the Wildlife Garden. Afternoon: Adding Value to your Wildlife Garden 9.30am to 4.30pm.

Course Tutor: Angie Polkey

  • July 13th – Butterfly ID. 10am to 4pm. Course Tutors: Bob & Annie Haycock.

  • July 20th – Dragonfly & Damselfly ID. 10am to 4pm. Course Tutors: Claire Install & Allan Brandon.

    Summer Holiday Events so far:

    • Tuesdays – Woodland Creations: 2pm

    • Wednesdays – Arts N Crafts: 11am & 2pm

    • Thursdays – Bush Craft: 2pm


  • Aug 14th – Bat Walk led by Howard Jones. 8pm

  • October 19th – Introduction to Autumn Bird ID (Migrants, Waders). 10am to 4pm.

Course Tutors: Bob & Annie Haycock

  • November 2nd – Mushrooms of The Marshes – Fungus ID & Foray.10.30am – 2pm.

Course Tutor: Pat O’Reilly

For more detailed and up to date information about courses, events and bookings please contact The Welsh Wildlife Centre on 01239 621600 or visit the events page or our Facebook Page

WWC Report – Autumn 2013

Autumn Half Term events were successful and well attended. The week began with an Autumn Fayre consisting of an array of interesting stalls ranging from sustainability books, luxery sheepskin rugs, vintage goods, recycled festival wellies to a local Health Food shop selling tempting festive treats! The day was very successfully attended despite the anticipated gale force winds!

P1020162We had Bee Talks by Nikki Stonebridge whose passion for the plight of these hugely important insects is infectious with many people in attendance expressing an interest in attending a bee keeping course as a result.

Nikki hopes to become a Bee Consultant and has outlined some very exciting developmental proposals for keeping bees on the Teifi Marshes Reserve. This includes having weekly hive inspections, running courses for adults and educational workshops for children; even the prospect of WWC being able to sell it’s own brand of honey (only extracted in the case of excess) ! These plans also fit in really well with the prospective planting of an orchard on the WWC meadow area.

WWC arts n crafts showed our support for helping garden birds this winter by running a Fabulous Fat Balls and Feeders workshop recycling plastic bottles to make the feeders. Children also enjoyed putting their unique stamp on them with a variety of decoration. We will be repeating this activity on Saturday 23rd November at 2pm.

IMG-20131015-00138We were very fortunate with the weather for our Black Cat Treasure Trail on Halloween Day. The children really enjoyed the excitement of having to find nine black cats hidden in a variety of places in our WWC play area. The prospect of finding chocolate pumpkins was a real motivator to explore the area and encourage a sense of adventure.

In the afternoon our Creepy Crawlies Ars N Crafts session proved to be extremely popular with the children who delighted in making spiders out egg cartons. The day ended with an experimental Halloween Fancy Dress Disco which was hosted by the very competent DJ Rikki from Swansea . He very skilfully facilitated a range of Halloween games and all who attended thoroughly enjoyed the experience with requests for more Disco evenings….

So…we are going to have a Family Christmas Disco Fundraiser on Saturday 21st December from 6pm to 9pm. It will only cost £2 with all proceeds going to support The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales but there will be FREE entry for adults.

In addition, throughout the whole of December we will be having a local young gentleman Meilir Tomos playing Christmas carols on a keyboard to enhance the festive spirit whist customers enjoy their Christmas meals. Song sheets will also be available for anyone who wishes to join in and sing some carols! In addition we have Cilgerran Primary School visiting us to sing Christmas Carols on Wednesday 18th December at 1pm. All members of the public will be most welcome to come along and support them!

We also welcome back Open Door Productions who will be putting on two Wildlife Puppet making workshop and show Christmas Specials for us on the 15th and 22nd December at 2pm.

IMG-20131011-00111The Welsh Wildlife Centre will then close at 4pm on Sunday 22nd December until February 22nd 2014. However, for the first time the Centre will open it’s doors to the public on New Year’s Day 2014 from 10.30am to 3pm. So why not start the New Year with a reviving walk around Teifi Marshes followed by a warming New Year’s day Meal or coffee and slice of cake!

Please don’t forget to do your Christmas Shopping with us. Come and see for yourself our fantastic gift range which includes, including the award winning Gift Of The Year 2013 Birdy Collection from Magpie; a stunning collection of plates, mugs, coasters, placemats and tea towels is available from as little as £8.99, and is even less with the 20% discount voucher you can collect when making a purchase at The Glasshouse Café. This will also entitle you to Win a 3 Day Trip to Skomer.

We are also offering a Pensioners Meal Deal every Thursday with a traditional home cooked one  course option at £4.95 & two course at £6.95. We are taking bookings for Christmas Meals which are available from 1st December  to 22nd December. (Menu attached) We can cater for parties for up to 60.

Looking to the New Year ahead…

We are looking for skilled individuals with a specialism within the field of Wildlife to be able deliver a course at The Welsh Wildlife Centre, Cilgerran . If you are interested in this opportunity then please contact Sharon Davies on 01239 621600 or email . We are also looking for weekend volunteer cover for our Information Desk. For further information please contact Martin Jones or Sharon Davies on the aforementioned number.