Wild about Swansea with the Local Group

Dr Rhys Jones at the Swansea Wildlife Celebration Evening

Dr Rhys Jones at the Swansea Wildlife Celebration Evening

Following a decline in members in the old West Glamorgan local group over the last few years, despite Swansea having a very high proportion of Wildlife Trust members, this year, members of staff joined forces with other local group committee members to rejuvenate the group and relaunch it as the Swansea Wildlife Trust Local Group.

First thing on the agenda was to move the location of the evening meetings back to their original venue at Swansea University. This was kick started by a desire to create a link between the University and the Wildlife Trust to hopefully recreate the successful partnership that we see in the Cardiff and Aberystwyth Local Groups, where meetings are held in the University with a good attendance of students.

The Swansea Group was relaunched on Tuesday 5th May in the Wallace Lecture Theatre, with a variety of talks from WTSWW Staff and Swansea University lecturers, detailing some of the conservation and

Bat Walk at Gelli Hir

Bat Walk at Gelli Hir

research that is taking place in the Swansea area. The keynote speaker for the evening was TV’s Dr Rhys Jones, who talked about some of his interesting wildlife crime cases in the area. There were 76 attendees for the evening, a fantastic boost to the start of the new Swansea Local Group.

A number of outdoor events were planned for the summer on WTSWW Nature Reserves, including butterfly and dragonfly walks and culminating in a bat walk at Gelli Hir, which attracted 29 bat lovers.

The first Indoor Meeting was held in the Wallace Building on Tuesday 8th September, a talk by Mike Bright of the Glamorgan Fungus Group entitled ‘Secrets of a Hidden Kingdom- an Introduction to Fungi’. There were 46 attendees and an amazing £81.20 was donated to cover the cost of the room

Mike Bright talks Fungi at the first talk of the autumn season

Mike Bright talks Fungi at the first talk of the autumn season

hire. Mike’s talk was interesting and entertaining, a fantastic start to the autumn programme.

We look forward to seeing more and more new faces at these local group meetings and hope the success will continue! Anyone is welcome to join us, the more the merrier.

The next Indoor Meeting is on Tuesday 13th October, two talks entitled ‘Valleys Reserves and Swansea Dragons’, more details here.

The next outdoor meeting is on Saturday 17th October at Gelli Hir Wood, a Great Nut Hunt searching for mammal opened hazelnuts.

For more information, contact People and Wildlife Officer Rose on email or 01656 724100.