Local groups

Local groups

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Local groups offer talks, walks and events to wildlife enthusiasts who live nearby. Find your nearest active group below and get in touch!

Aberystwyth Botanical Society

Aberystwyth Botanical Society are a group of like-minded people who all enjoy having a go at botany and have skills ranging from complete beginner to expert. We meet up on Saturdays and Sundays for botany based walks. The aim is to share our skills and enjoy looking at plants together. We welcome everybody and we don’t charge a membership fee! We cultivate a supportive and encouraging atmosphere, sharing lifts, lenses and field guides.

The group’s aim is to enjoy the wide variety of plants in the North of Ceredigion, sharing and expanding our knowledge of the local flora. In this we have been generously assisted by the help and expertise of our County Plant Recorders past and present – Arthur Chater and Steve Chambers. We have also had tremendous support from Aberystwyth University staff, lecturers, professional and amateur botanists of all abilities and a strong connection with local students.

Aberystwyth Botanical Society creates a yearly programme of botanical walks which the public are welcome to attend. Children are welcome, except on the occasional walk which would be unsuitable for young ones for safety reasons, (this will be stated on the programme). They must remain under the care and attention of their responsible adult at all times during our walks. Well behaved dogs on leads are allowed at the discretion of the walk leader, except, as above, when the walk is unsuitable for them, and this will also be noted on the programme.

For more information email Chloe Griffiths, Programme Secretary

Brecon Local Group

The Brecon Local Group is the newest in the WTSWW family of regional groups of wildlife enthusiasts.  

There are activities throughout the year including field trips to WTSWW reserves, other local sites and places of wildlife interest further afield.

If you are interested in wildlife and would like to be kept informed of the activities of Brecon Local Group, please add your email address below.

For more information email Pauline Hill or call on 07957 292235.

Sign up to the Brecon Local Group email newsletter

Bridgend Local Group

The Bridgend Group meets in the Parc Slip Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre on the first Monday of the month from September to April. In the summer months a series of walks, field trips and outings are organised. We are an active and friendly group with a full programme of activities throughout the year. We hold evening meetings on the first Monday of the month from September to April in the Visitor Centre at Parc Slip. The Coffee Shop is open from 6.30 pm for members to chat informally before the meetings begin at 7.30 pm.

In the summer months, the Group organises field trips to explore the wildlife across South Wales and beyond. The principal event is a summer coach trip which is often organised in association with another Wildlife Trust in Wales or the West of England. 

Some members of the Group are also actively involved in conservation work. In particular, we look after the Trust’s Coed-y-Bwl reserve near St Bride’s Major, famous for its daffodils in spring.

For more information email Judith Robertshaw, Group Secretary  or join our Facebook group.

Cardiff Local Group

Please note, meetings are currently held online due to COVID-19. 

Cardiff Local Group holds indoor meetings, approximately once a month, in the Wallace Lecture Theatre (0.13) of Cardiff University. Indoor meetings are normally on a Thursday evening and usually start in late September or early October and run through to the following April. In the summer months, we focus on outdoor field trips, usually to wildlife sites close to Cardiff, but occasionally including longer coach trips, often in conjunction with the Bridgend group.

We cooperate extensively with several other local wildlife groups and our indoor meetings are run jointly with Cardiff University’s Wildlife Conservation Society (WildSoc). We also have a number of joint meetings each year with the Cardiff Naturalist’s Society. Our meetings are open to any members of the public. You don’t need to be a member to come along.

For more information email Richard Cowie or visit our website.

Cardigan/Aberteifi Local Group

Based in Cardigan, the group attracts members from neighbouring counties and enjoys a close relationship with the nearby Welsh Wildlife Centre at Cilgerran as well as enjoying easy access to the natural splendours of the Teifi Marshes Reserve. 

Indoor meetings, with guest speakers, are held on the evening of the second Wednesday of the month from September to April. They take place at the Roman Catholic Church Hall, Cardigan SA43 1LT at 7.30 pm. Doors open at 7 o’clock. Non-members, prospective members, holidaymakers and the simply curious are always welcome to attend! A £2.00 entrance fee covers light refreshments. There is also a programme of nature walks and events at the Teifi Marshes throughout the year.

In addition to the income drawn admission charges and table-top sales, the group raises funds from its yearly coffee mornings at the Cardigan Guildhall. The group has a fantasitc record of raising money for wildlife and nature reserve appeals.

For more information email Paul Taylor.

Carmarthenshire Local Group

We hold about 20 meetings each year, mostly out in the Carmarthenshire countryside between March and October and then indoors, usually in Capel Newydd Vestry, Crescent Road, Llandeilo in the winter. From bat walks to talks on our amazing wildlife our local group is active and always eager to welcome both members and non-members alike!

For more information email Valerie Arnall or call 01267 253485.

Friends Skokholm and Skomer

Members of the Friends Skokholm and Skomer group live, not only in South West Wales but, all over the British Isles and beyond. We are drawn together by a love of the islands and a wish to find out more about them. We raise money for the islands and issue newsletters twice a year.

Friends Skokholm and Skomer hold an Annual Reunion in February near Cheltenham where the wardens give reports and visiting speakers lecture on current research. Come along to meet and enthuse with like-minded people - the food’s good too!

For more information email us or visit our website.

Sign up to the Friends Skokholm and Skomer email newsletter

Mid-Pembrokeshire Local Group

Mid-Pembrokeshire Local Group hold indoor evening meetings between the months of September and April every year and these take place at the Haverfordwest Leisure Centre, St Thomas Green, Haverfordwest, SA61 1QX.

Speakers with a focus on wildlife and conservation give regular talks. The venue has disabled access and parking space.

Outdoor meetings and field trips take place all year round to explore the great array of wildlife in Pembrokeshire. These occur primarily on Wildlife Trust nature reserves yet also at other locations within the wider countryside. Anyone wishing to attend these events is extremely welcome!

Many members of the group also volunteer on the nature reserves around Pembrokeshire. The group has done a fantastic job raising money for Llangloffan Fen nature reserve which has gone towards conservation projects and improving access.

During summer months, marine trips are organised where a boat is chartered to sail from Neyland Marina and is out all day looking for birds, dolphins and whales along the coast and further out into the Irish sea. Local Group members are given the chance to make early bookings. The Group also helps with manning Wildlife Trust stands at local events and does an annual money collection drive in Haverfordwest.

For more information email Krystal King or call David Ramsey, Programme Secretary on 01646 694365.

Swansea Local Group

The Trust has had a local group based in Swansea for over 40 years. In recent times, however, the Group has been revitalised through links with the staff and students of Swansea University.

Indoor meetings are now held throughout the winter months in the Wallace Lecture within the School of Biosciences, and attract both Trust members and University students.

In addition to fostering links with the University, the Group aims to publicise the Trust’s many local reserves, particularly on Gower, and to bring together the membership, volunteers and Trust staff to safeguard the wildlife of our area.

There is an on-going programme of nature walks on local reserves throughout the year. For the more active, there are also volunteer work parties almost daily on the various reserves. In addition, in the summer months the Group Committee organises field trips to other wildlife sites in south Wales and beyond.

For further details of the Swansea Group, contact the Chair, Hugh Lansdown.

Aberystwyth / North Ceredigion Local Group

This is an active group with a full programme of meetings, generally held on the first Monday of each month between October and May. These are usually held in Theatre C22, Hugh Owen Building at Aberystwyth University, starting at 7.00 pm. However, our monthly meetings have continued via Zoom during the COVID19 restrictions. The talks are free and are well-attended by a mixture of Trust members and students. Non-members are always welcome.

There is also a programme of field meetings held during the summer months. As with the winter talks, these are designed to appeal to a wide range of interests.

The Local Group produces an illustrated newsletter 3 times per year. This provides information about forthcoming meetings and events and short articles about the Trust reserves and other items of local interest.

The newsletter is circulated electronically but printed copies can be provided to those without access to e-mail. To view our January 2022 newsletter click here: CeredWT_newsletter_Jan2022 or contact Naomi or Fiona (links above) to be added to their mailing list.

Volunteers from the Group join those from around the county to carry out maintenance work on the Trust’s reserves on Wednesday and Thursday of each week under the supervision of Doug Lloyd, the county Wildlife Trust Officer.

For those who are keen but unable to attend during the working week, there are also Sunday work parties during the winter months at a reserve near Aberystwyth.

If you are visiting any of the Ceredigion reserves please let us know what you see (please include grid reference and date). Vegetation tick lists are available to download. Please return to Doug lloyd D.Lloyd@welshwildlife.org 

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Contact Details for:- North Ceredigion/ Aberystwyth Local Group
Email – Naomi / Fiona 
Postal Address – 43 North Parade, Aberystwyth, SY23 2JN.
Telephone: Secretary, Naomi Davis on 07857 102286 or Chairman, Fiona Corke – telephone 01970 822116 for further details.

Volunteer

Matthew Roberts