Author: Madi Bowden-Parry

The Wildlife Trusts Parc Slip Nature Reserve & Visitor Centre named as one of the country’s best green spaces!

Keep Wales Tidy has unveiled this year’s Green Flag Award winners – the international mark of a quality park or green space. 

The flag will be flying at Parc Slip Nature Reserve and Visitor Centre in recognition of its excellent visitor facilities, high environmental standards, and commitment to delivering great quality green space.

Parc Slip Nature Reserve is home to a variety of different habitat types such as grassland, woodland and wetlands, all of which is restored from its previous status as an opencast coal mine. It supports many different species, including great crested newts and bee orchids and is a safe area for families to discover and enjoy nature.

Parc Slip has well-maintained traffic-free cycle tracks, including a 4km stretch of Sustrans National Cycle Route 4 for cyclists and over 10km of tracks for dog walking. The Nature Reserve paths and Visitor Centre are accessible for wheelchairs, walking sticks and for those with sight problems. Parc Slip is the perfect reserve to join us for a walk and follow it up with coffee and cake, watching the birds from the comfort of an armchair!

Gina Gavigan, Marketing and Development Manager at The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales said:

We are absolutely delighted to receive our first Keep Wales Tidy Green Flag Award for Parc Slip Nature Reserve and Visitor Centre. This prestigious award is testament to the hard work of our Wildlife Trust Parc Slip team and our dedicated volunteers who have exceeded excellent standards under the most challenging circumstances; particularly over the past 18 months.

Parc Slip plays a key role in helping local residents and visitors stay healthy, active and to connect with nature. The reserve has a fantastic mix of habitats and is home to over 1,000 species of incredible wildlife.

Over the past two years we have been busy developing and delivering lots of exciting improvement works to the nature reserve and visitor centre as part of the Valleys Regional Park (VRP) project so receiving the Green Flag accreditation really is the cherry on top of the cake!”

Green Flag Wales

248 parks and green spaces across the country have received the prestigious Green Flag Award and Green Flag Community Award – from country parks and formal gardens, to allotments, woodlands and churchyards.

The Green Flag Award programme is delivered in Wales by environmental charity Keep Wales Tidy, with support from Welsh Government. Independent green space experts volunteered their time in early autumn to judge applicant sites against eight strict criteria, including biodiversity, cleanliness, environmental management, and community involvement.

Julie James, the Welsh Government’s Minister for Climate Change, said:

“Green spaces are vital for mental and physical well-being and throughout the pandemic we have seen how important these spaces have been for local communities.  

“Wales still holds more than a third of the UK’s Green Flag community sites and it is fantastic to see more places in Wales receiving Green Flag Award and Green Flag Community Award.  

“These landscapes play a vital role in delivering rich ecosystems and vibrant and resilient communities, and I congratulate all of the sites for providing excellent, year-round facilities and events for people in Wales.”

Lucy Prisk, Green Flag Coordinator at Keep Wales Tidy said:

“The pandemic showed us just how important high-quality parks and green spaces are to our communities. With more visitors than ever enjoying our green spaces, I’d like to congratulate the hard work of staff and volunteers who have maintained excellent standards at these sites.”

A full list of award winners can be found on the Keep Wales Tidy website www.keepwalestidy.cymru

The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales’ Parc Slip Nature Reserve and Visitor Centre was designated as one of the 11 #DiscoveryGateway’s by the Welsh Government in 2019, as part of the #ValleysRegionalPark initiative. As a #DiscoverGateway, Parc Slip received funding towards a range of projects including improvements to the reserve and visitor centre, benefitting both people and wildlife.

Climate action needs nature. The lead up to COP26.

Climate action needs nature. Nature needs climate action. Neither will succeed if we don’t prepare for a changing world.
It’s time to tackle the twin crises at speed.

All Wildlife Trusts are calling on the UK Presidency of the global climate conference COP26 to tackle the nature crisis alongside the climate emergency – or neither will be solved.

Today marks the launch of our COP26 edition, nature-based solutions report, Let Nature Help. It explains how climate change is driving nature’s decline, whilst the loss of wildlife and habitats leaves us ill-equipped to reduce emissions and adapt to a changing world.

Craig Bennett, chief executive of The Wildlife Trusts, says:

“Net zero needs nature. Nature needs net zero. Both need to be resilient to the climate of the future. Nature’s fantastic ability to trap carbon safely and provide other important benefits is proven – peatland, woodland, saltmarsh and other wild habitats are vital carbon stores. But these natural places are in decline and face even greater risk of degradation from the extreme climatic conditions that are already inevitable over the next 30 years. It’s becoming a vicious spiral of damage – one that has to be stopped right now.

“In addition to the urgent task of cutting emissions at source, we need to see an enormous rise in the amount of land and sea that’s protected for nature – and increase it to at least 30% by 2030. Also, the Government must embed climate action – mitigation and adaptation – across every department and take urgent steps to stop carbon-emitting activities such as new road building, peat burning and trawling the seabed.”

The Wildlife Trusts call on the Government to:

PEAT

· Significantly increase peatland restoration and repair 100% of upland peat by 2050

· Implement an immediate ban on peatland burning and end farming on deep peat

· Ban the sale and use of peat in gardening and compost products, including imports

THE SEA

· Implement a ban on bottom-trawling the seabed in England

· Give all seagrass habitats highly protected status

· Renew pledges to protect coastal habitats and invest more in natural sea defences

FARMING

· Give a boost to sustainable farming that locks carbon into the soil and helps wildlife

· Publish details on how Environmental Land Management Scheme will incentivise farmers to manage their land for nature-based solutions

WOODLAND

· Increase the natural regeneration of woods and where this cannot be done, plant resilient native trees instead

· Ensure a mix of trees is planted in every location so as to have the best chance of survival in unpredictable conditions and in the face of increased pests and diseases

PLANNING

· Make more space for nature everywhere including in towns and new developments. By 2030 we need to have protected 30% of our land and seas for nature. Create a new designation, Wildbelt, which protects places, including degraded land, that is put into recovery for nature

· Ensure that planning reforms deliver the Government’s legally binding target in the Environment Bill to halt species decline by 2030

During COP26 The Wildlife Trusts will host live daily updates online on key issues. There will also be a panel event, Let Nature Help, on Sunday 7th November at 7pm chaired by The Wildlife Trusts’ chief executive, Craig Bennett.

Guests include:

· Baroness Brown of Cambridge, chair of the Climate Change Committee’s Adaptation Committee

· Holly Owens, Young Leader at Scottish Wildlife Trust

· Professor Nathalie Seddon, Director of Nature-based Solutions at Oxford University

Kathryn Brown, director of climate action at The Wildlife Trusts, says:

“There are simple and easy things that we can all do to reduce our carbon footprint, adapt to climate change and make a big difference to the natural world – such as to reconsider what we eat, how we travel and how we use resources like water and energy.

“We can also help nature and do ourselves a favour by planting more around our homes to lower high summer temperatures and soak up floodwater – and reduce the amount of water we use to help save our precious rivers and the wildlife that depends on them.

“The Government largely treats mitigation and adaptation separately – but they must be considered together because adaptation is fundamental to reaching net zero. We need to see policies to improve the resilience of natural carbon stores – such as reducing the risk of wildfire, addressing the threats to freshwater habitats, and giving guidance on managing woodlands and farmland during hot weather and drought.”

Read a copy of our COP26 edition of Let Nature Help report here.

Nature-based solutions explained

Stand For Nature with us

We invited all young people in Cardiff to join our youth-led climate action project, Stand For Nature Wales.

Our new Stand For Nature Wales calls upon those who:

🌳 Are 9 – 24 years old

💚 Want to take action in their community 

🌍 Want to use their voice for nature 

As part of this Youth Forum Climate Action project, we have collaborated with other Welsh trusts to help empower and inspire change, as well as amplify the young voices of today, for a better tomorrow. This project runs across Wales and you can join our Youth Forum group in Coastal Ceredigion too, see here for more information.

If you are interested in joining us and taking the opportunity to lead a community project, then register to our e-newsletter here and be part of the change you want to see!

If you have any questions about the project, please contact Meg at m.howells@welshwildlife.org

Don’t miss out on an evening of Wonderful Welsh Wildlife!

Unknown Wales 2016

Unknown Wales – the premiere wildlife conference is back this October!

Since 2011 the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales has collaborated with National Museum Wales to bring together some of the experts in their individual field.

Set up to shine a light on the slightly less glamorous species within this beautiful country, the conference has heard talks on slugs, spiders, whelks and many other incredibly important species that live with us.

Always entertaining, always enlightening and never dull. Join Us.


Unknown Wales 2021 – Thursday 21st October 2021, 6.30 – 8:30pm   

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Our annual Unknown Wales event has gone digital!

In partnership with Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales, we bring you the 11th Unknown Wales event! Please join us for an evening of talks from people across Wales studying, recording, and safeguarding our natural world.

There’ll be a chance to ask speakers questions at the end of their talks. And look out for the nature quiz during the break!

Programme

Cymru Anhysbys – Unknown Wales 2021

6.30pm. Croeso i Cymru Anhysbys 2021. Welcome to Unknown Wales 2021

6.35pm. What is in a drop? Using environmental DNA to detect invasive and threatened species in Wales – Sofia Consuegra del Olma, Swansea University.

6.55pm. Quick-fire talk: Through the Looking Glass: Imaging Amgueddfa Cymru’s Natural Science collections – Jim Turner, Amgueddfa Cymru.

7.05pm. Inspiring urban habitats, connecting people and wildlife – Iwan Edwards, North Wales Wildlife Trust.

7.30pm. Egwyl a cwis. Quiz and break.

7.45pm. Short video: The botany collections at Amgueddfa Cymru

7.55pm. The rare and interesting spider fauna of Wales – Richard Gallon, COFNOD & The British Arachnological Society.

8.15pm. Quick-fire talk: Beavers – Past, Present & Future – Alicia Leow-Dyke, The Wildlife Trust.

8.25pm. Sylwadau cau. Closing remarks.

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

  • This is an online evening event, and most talks are pre-recorded with live question and answers.
  • Simultaneous translation from Welsh to English will be available.
  • This event is aimed at an adult audience with a keen amateur interest in the subject – no prior specialist knowledge is needed. Young adults and younger children may also enjoy taking part with some support

One million legacies left by kind-hearted brits with a 30% rise in gifts and wills

The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales is supporting Remember A Charity in Your Will Week (6th – 12th September) – an annual awareness week which aims to encourage people to leave a gift to charity

More kind-hearted Brits are leaving gifts to charities in their Wills than ever before, with a million legacies left in the past decade, according to new research from Remember A Charity and Smee & Ford.

To mark the start of Remember A Charity Week, the data reveals that the percentage of people leaving a gift to charity in their Will has increased by almost a third (30%) over the past 20 years, with more people than ever choosing to support a charity close to their heart – even after they’ve gone.

Gifts in Wills are a critical source of funding for charitable services across the country, raising more than £3 billion for good causes annually – and have been the fastest growing source of voluntary income for charities over the past twenty-one years.

Remember A Charity Week is an opportunity for charities around the country to raise awareness of passing on something wonderful by including a charity in your Will after family and friends have been taken care of.

As a Trust with approx.. 110 nature reserves to manage across South and West Wales, gifts help to support our vital conservation work, from our living seas projects along the coast to the fight to protect Wales’ remaining red squirrels. Previously we were successful in purchasing the final piece of Skokholm Island and renovations at Parc Slip Nature Reserve, to support people and wildlife, all because of supporters leaving gifts in their wills.

Former head judge of Strictly Come Dancing, Len Goodman, will be lending his support to the week, having altered his own Will to include a charity close to his heart.

I really hope this week will encourage more people to leave a gift, however big or small, after they’ve gone. I’ve included a charitable gift in my Will after my family has been taken care of – it’s so simple and it really does make an enormous difference!”

Len Goodman, head judge on Dancing with the Stars

“It’s so inspiring that we’ve reached this milestone of one million Brits leaving gifts to charity in their Wills. We really hope that this will become increasingly common, and that the number of people supporting charities in this way will continue to rise. Leaving a gift is your Will a wonderful way to support charities in continuing to do amazing work and also provides an opportunity for your legacy to live on after you’ve gone.”

Rob Cope, Director of Remember A Charity

Please ensure that wildlife has a Wilder Future by leaving a Gift in your Will with us

The process is easy and we can help you along the way. Visit our Legacies page to learn more, or contact Jon for advice or to discuss further. We are extremely grateful to all of our supports and to those who help us ensure that Wales’ wildlife really does have a Wilder Future.

The Big Wild Walk is back!

Get your boots on for beavers! It’s time to walk for wildlife and show you care about the nature and climate crisis with The Wildlife Trusts’ Big Wild Walk, 25 October to 31 October.

The Wildlife Trusts are asking nature-lovers to fundraise to help raise vital money for their 30 by 30 projects that will restore 30% of land and sea for nature by 2030. 

Get fit, have fun and raise money for wildlife! Invite the family to join in, set up a remote relay with friends or take the challenge yourself. Indoors or outdoors, front room, park or wood, treadmill or track – the choice is yours.

Join us as a #WILDFundraiser and #WalkForWildlife this Autumn

As part of our new WILD Fundraiser campaign launching this September (meet some of our WILD Fundraisers here), the Big Wild Walk will be an annual event that anyone can take part in, if your not interested in undertaking an individual event!

In the meantime, stay tuned for more #WILDFundraiser updates!

Create you’re own fundraising page here

Exotic Visitor to Bridgend County

There has been a lot of excitement in the birding (and wider wildlife enthusiast) community caused by the presence of a migrant bird that has been hanging around a couple of miles from Porthcawl, near Sker Farm and the Pyle & Kenfig golf course.

The cause of the fuss is a very exotic-looking Hoopoe (Welsh name = Copog), a bird whose English and scientific names (Upupu epops) are all onomatopoeic, referring to their unusual call. Approximately a 100 individuals turn up in the UK every year, usually in the spring where they have overshot on their migration, but they have very rarely bred here.

The Hoopoe is the only species of its family (Upupidae) having a number of subspecies across its range which sometimes overlap. They are widespread in North Africa, Europe and Asia with some in the tropics being sedentary and others further north and south migrating back to warmer climes in the winter.

They are a hole-nesting bird, a bit larger than a Mistle Thrush, that inhabit open land and savannah with scattered trees with areas of short turf that it can probe for insects with its distinctive curved beak.

They are distinctively-marked with largely pinkish colouration and dramatically barred wings as well as a crest which is fanned when alighting or excited. They have an unusual technique to ward off predators where they spread their tail and wings flat to the ground and point their beak upwards when attacked, it’s also used as a way of basking in the sun and during territorial displays.

They are a species that often turn up in mythology with their crest supposedly indicating royal status; they were known as the King of the Birds in Aristophanes’ Ancient Greek comedy The Birds and they were also used as a hieroglyph.

At the time of writing the bird had been present in more or less the same field for more than a week, happily foraging amongst sheep and seemingly unfazed by the constant presence of keen wildlife-watchers. I certainly couldn’t resist going to see it as I’ve wanted to see a Hoopoe since I saw a picture of one in a wildlife book I had as a child and to have it (relatively) on my doorstep was a real treat.

— Vaughn Matthews, Conservation Officer

Hoopoe (Upupa epops) by Vaughn Matthews

Marsh Frits – larvae web count at Rhos Cefn Bryn!

Marsh Fritillary - Amy Lewis
Rhos Cefn Bryn comprises of 2 fields near Llannon. On initial inspection they don’t look particularly interesting. However this site is home to 2 important Carmarthenshire species: Dormouse and Marsh Fritillary. Both species have conflicting habitat requirements, so our main job is in keeping an equilibrium so both species needs are satisfied. But at this time of year, the most important part is surveying for larval webs! And this year, our hard work seems to have paid off..

The site comprises of marshy grassland habitat surrounded by mature hedgerows, and is a good example of what this area of Carmarthenshire would have looked like before agriculture became mechanised.

Monitoring for Marsh Fritillaries takes place early September when the caterpillars are most visibly living in colonies within webs. Numbers can fluctuate widely and indeed last year we only found 1 web. This year, after a fallow year, we counted 47 webs.

Marsh frits anecdotally have been seen to increase on the odd year when no grazing occurs, this is something we have incorporated at Rhos Cefn Bryn, and every 4th year is a fallow year. 47 webs is the highest number observed since 1996!

It is always tricky to know exactly what went right this year for this species, but good weather during the main flight period in June and a relax on the grazing does seem to have helped.

We’ve also had some good results for dormouse monitoring within the hedgerows surrounding the fields. With the help of a local ecologist we are trailing a new survey technique, dormouse tracking tunnels. This method involves looking at footprints.

Out of the 25 tunnels set up, we discovered dormouse footprints on 11 within 2 weeks of being set up. This level of activity helps us understand the size of population and its distribution across the site.

— Stephanie Coates, Wildlife Trust Officer, Brecknock

Marsh Fritillary by Mike Clark
Dormouse footprints by Stephanie Coates

Welsh Wildlife Centre October Half Term Events

Over the school half term holidays, at the Welsh Wildlife Centre, we have an exciting range of outdoor nature activities and indoor craft events to keep you happy, whatever the weather!

Starting on 27th Oct and running until 29th October activities are suitable for children aged 3+ and cost just £4 each.

Due to limited availability, we highly recommend that you book and pay in advance either over the phone (01239 621600) or in person Wednesdays to Sundays 9:30am-4pm. You may also email g.taylor@welshwildlife.org leaving a contact number for our People & Wildlife Officer to get back to you.

*Please do not leave booking requests on the answerphone as we don’t have staff capacity to follow these up at the moment.

Wednesday 28th October

11am-Mini-beast Champions event; discover what types of habitats mini-beasts need and make your own mini-beast home to take away.

1:30-3:30pm- Craft session- Come and paint a planter, coin box, bird/bug house or hedgehog to take home.

Thursday 28th October

11am- Bird Watch Walk with the chance to make a bird feeder to take away.

1:30pm-3:30pm Clay modelling sessions

Friday 29th October

11am- Autumn Family Walk with Nature Weaving Activity.

1:30-3:30pm- Nature Art- create a picture or pattern using Autumnal natural materials like leaves, seeds and grasses

Halloween Quiz Trail

We also have a self-led Halloween Quiz Trail available from Friday 29th– Sunday 31st October between 10-3.30pm daily. £4 per child with a small prize included.

Design and create your own Nature Art in our craft session!

For more details about specific events, keep any eye on our Facebook page.

All proceeds from the events, shop, café and car park help us in our conservation efforts. We hope that you enjoy your visit, please remember to follow all signage and respect the staff and volunteers that are working hard in very busy circumstances.

— Gretchen Taylor, People and Wildlife Officer

Join Iolo for an evening of the highs and snores of wildlife guiding

Join the Mid-Pembrokeshire Local Group for an exclusive event with Iolo Williams, chatting all things wildlife guiding in Scotland.

Iolo Williams is a naturalist and TV presenter and has a wealth of experience in wildlife guiding all across the UK and beyond.

This exclusive online event is organised and hosted by The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales Mid-Pembrokeshire Local Group and anyone is welcome to attend!

When: Monday 8th November 2021, 19:30-22:00
Where: Online event via Zoom

If you would like to join us for an evening of wildlife and inspiring stories, register by clicking the Eventbrite link below.

Iolo Williams – Guiding: The highs and snores Tickets, Mon 8 Nov 2021 at 19:30 | Eventbrite

The Wildlife Trusts raise £25m in a year to kickstart nature’s recovery

First anniversary sees charity lead vision for wildlife across 30% of land and sea by 2030

A year ago today, The Wildlife Trusts launched a vision to put nature into recovery across at least 30% of land and sea by 2030 and started an appeal to raise £30 million to begin the work. Today we are delighted to announced that in just twelve months we have raised over £25 million. 35 important nature recovery projects are underway to restore land for wildlife.

The UK is one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world, with once-common creatures such as hedgehogs, red squirrels and sparrows now critically endangered, and huge reductions in the abundance of wildlife across the board. The Wildlife Trusts are determined to reverse the trend.

Craig Bennett, Chief Executive, The Wildlife Trusts said:

We are thrilled to have raised £25 million in the past year to fund our vision for 30 by 30 and we’re extremely grateful to every single person who has helped make this happen. It’s fantastic that people want to support our work to reverse wildlife declines and address the climate emergency.

But this is only the first step to mend our broken natural world by 2030. While The Wildlife Trusts are taking urgent action, some aspects of the Government’s agenda threaten to undermine good work on the ground, by weakening habitat regulations which protect wildlife, weakening the planning rules that guard the environment, and shrinking the powers and resources needed by the Environment Agency to stop river pollution.

The Government needs to invest far more in nature – we know that more than a £1 billion annually is needed to create and restore wild places. A recent report found that only about 3% of land in England is genuinely protected for nature – yet the Government wrongly persists in claiming the amount protected is 26%. It’s time they faced the huge scale of the task and stumped up the funds to match.

Pencnwc Mawr Woods.

Coincidentally, the Government launched a 30 by 30 vision on the same day as The Wildlife Trusts a year ago – but believes that far more land is protected for nature than is the reality.

The Wildlife Trusts maintain that National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty – which the Government says count towards 30% – are landscape not wildlife designations, and many of these places are severely depleted of nature. While National Parks and AONBs contain some high-quality natural areas, they cannot count in their entirety towards 30%. Only those areas which are protected and well managed for nature should be included. 

The Wildlife Trusts’ latest 30 by 30 projects include:

  • Pewley Down Fields – Surrey Wildlife Trust: Acquisition of rare chalk grassland, home to skylarks and rare butterflies, saved by rapid community action
  • Pencnwc Mawr Wood – The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales: Increasing the size of a rare Welsh temperate woodland, scarcer than tropical rainforest
  • Astonbury Wood – Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust: Purchase of long-term lease to manage this irreplaceable ancient woodland and secure its future for nature
  • Peatland Progress – Cambridgeshire Wildlife Trust: Pioneering work on a grand scale tackling climate change, biodiversity loss and eco-anxiety
  • Honeygar – Somerset Wildlife Trust: Nature is gettingto work on this former dairy farm by re-wetting drained peat soils to lock-up carbon
  • Wild Woodbury – Dorset Wildlife Trust: Wild Woodbury is England’s first large-scale community rewilding project on former farmland

President of The Wildlife Trusts, broadcaster and biologist, Liz Bonnin said:

I’m incredibly proud of The Wildlife Trusts and everyone involved in raising this astonishing sum in such a short time – it just goes to show how much we really do care about the natural world and our precious wildlife. Together, we can bring nature back – and we can do it at the scale needed to address our biodiversity and climate crises. A heartfelt thank you for supporting the magnificent work of the Trusts and the inspirational projects that will get us there. Time to roll up our sleeves and get the job done!

New nature recovery project map unveiled to help achieve 30 by 30

Today, The Wildlife Trusts unveil a new online map which gives examples of a range of projects underway to achieve nature’s recovery. Nature needs more, bigger, wilder landscapes that are joined together to allow wildlife to thrive, rebuild natural abundance and help species and habitats adapt to climate change. The projects include nature-friendly farmland, urban green spaces, gardens, woodlands, rivers, nature reserves and more. 

View the map HERE.   

Pencnwc Mawr Wood

How The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales are increasing the size of a rare Welsh temperate woodland, scarcer than tropical rainforest.

Pencnwc Mawr Wood is a rare surviving remnant of the Welsh temperate rainforest, scarcer even than tropical rainforests. Its lush broadleaved trees are home to breeding hazel dormice, barbastelle bats, both classed as vulnerable to extinction, and butterflies in woodland glades. The temperate rainforest once stretched along the western uplands and into deep Welsh river valleys.

We launched a £125,000 appeal and bought the 13 hectares (33 acres) Pencnwc Woodland. Linking Pencnwc Mawr with the neighbouring Pengelli Forest National Nature Reserve, has increased the size of the reserve by a fifth, to create 78 hectares (193 acres) woodland which will be more resilient, and secure the future for a wide range of wildlife from polecats to bank voles.

Extending Pengelli is the beginning of the Trust’s vision to encourage local people, farmers and other landowners to gently transform their landscape into a more natural, and sustainable environment.

We now needs fund to integrate and manage the two woodlands! Please donate here.

Wildlife Trusts Calendar and Christmas Cards now available!

The Merry month of December is just around the corner, and our annual Wildlife Trusts calendar and Christmas card packs are available to purchase now!

The Wildlife Trusts Calendar Wildlife Trusts 2022 Calendar – The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales (welshwildlife.org) is an annual best-seller and makes for an ideal Christmas gift. It features stunning images of some of the UK’s most iconic wildlife, both terrestrial and marine, and the vibrant images will brighten up any room or office all year round. The calendar also includes a bonus month for you to note down your January 2023 appointments!

The ever-popular mixed packs of Wildlife Trust Christmas Cards Wildlife Trusts Christmas Cards – Mixed Pack (2021) – The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales (welshwildlife.org) are also available to purchase from us for just £4.50 for a pack of 10! Each pack features 5 different wintery wildlife photo designs, 2 cards of each and 10 white envelopes. The cards are printed with the message “Happy Christmas” inside.

Both the Wildlife Trusts calendar and Christmas cards are environmentally friendly, with them being FSC certified and made from recycled materials. They are supplied in a compostable bag and printed using vegetable based inks in the UK.

We also have a limited supply of Welsh language Christmas cards available with designs from Emma Ball Emma Ball Welsh Christmas Cards Pack – Puffins – The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales (welshwildlife.org) and Susie Lacombe Susie Lacome Welsh Christmas Cards Pack – Robin – The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales (welshwildlife.org). Be sure to snap these up quickly as once they are gone, they are gone. Each pack contains 6 cards and envelopes, and the message inside reads “Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda”.

You can shop for all of these and so much more via our online shop www.welshwildlife.org/shop or pay a visit to the Gift Shop at the Welsh Wildlife Centre The Welsh Wildlife Centre – Pembrokeshire – The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales, open Wednesday-Sunday from 10am-4pm.

Our best selling annual calendar is now available in our online shop!
Get yourself a mixed pack of Christmas cards featuring some of our most iconic species!