West Glamorgan and the Gower

West Glamorgan and the Gower has 25 nature reserves which Paul Thornton (Senior Wildlife Trust Officer), his team and volunteers manage.

Latest News in West Glamorgan

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  • Melin Cwrt Waterfall’s New Interpretation The local communities of Clyne and Melincourt in the Neath Valley have had a welcome addition to the area in the form of new specially designed artistic interpretation panels to show off the Melincourt Falls Nature Reserve. The nature reserve, which is owned and managed by the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales (WTSWW) is ...
  • WTSWW’s First Promotional Videos Thanks to a grant from Visit Wales, June 2016 will see the launch of The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales’ very first promotional videos. Throughout the month we will be launching four different ‘promo’ videos on the following: WTSWW’s Nature Reserves (showing footage from Parc Slip, Welsh Wildlife Centre, Melin Cwrt Falls and Taf ...
  • West Glamorgan Reserves News Chipping at Coed Gawdir Stuart McKinnonThe winter season as usual has been busy with habitat management. Some of the work has been supported by the Welsh Government’s Glastir Woodland Management scheme and the WREN funded West Glamorgan Wild Woodlands project has enabled us to expand our delivery of work across a greater number of our 31 nature reserves. Areas of Priors ...
  • We’re Singing in the Rain! Earlier this year, the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales were engaged by Natural Resources Wales to create a Sustainable Drainage Scheme (SuDS) in the heart of Swansea. SuDS mimic the countryside in our towns and cities by using features such as ponds and green roofs, which intercept rain water as it falls, storing it in ...
  • Rain Gardens for People and Wildlife in Swansea Rain gardens are being planted at the heart of a city community to reduce the risk of flooding and improve habitat for wildlife. The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales has teamed up with Swansea Council’s Swansea Vale Resource Centre to install Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) at the facility to improve the way they deal ...
  • Horses for Courses in Woodlands Woodland management is a huge part of our job at the Wildlife Trust. Well managed woodlands are havens for biodiversity and can even be a source of income for the Trust, for example, at Gelli Hir wood, where we use the coppice to create ‘Gower Charcoal‘ for sale in local shops. To do this, we sometimes ...
  • Working for Wildflowers at White Rock White Rock is a wonderful place to discover, right in the heart of Copperopolis in Swansea. It is the site of one of the oldest Copper Works in Swansea, established in 1736, and was one of the most important works for copper smelting in the Lower Swansea Valley. Now, hidden under encroaching vegetation, there is an ...
  • New Woodlands Officer Tara out in the fieldHello West Glamorgan I’m Tara Daniels, the new West Glamorgan’s Wild Woodlands Project Officer for The Wildlife Trust of South & West Wales. I’ll be working in 12 woodlands across parts of the Gower, Swansea, Neath and Port Talbot area funded by WREN is a not for profit business that awards grants to community projects from funds ...
  • Wild about Swansea with the Local Group Mike Bright talks Fungi at the first talk of the autumn seasonFollowing 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 ...
  • Gelli Hir in Focus Gelli Hir WoodGelli-Hir Wood is a mixed broadleaved and wet woodland with a large pond, home to many species and the base for the Gower Charcoal Makers. Gelli-Hir is the perfect place to come for a walk, with wide open tracks and a number of different habitats to explore. You can also see the charcoal kilns of ...
  • Water for People and Wildlife in Swansea Garden PondA natural water system is a finely balanced thing, relying on wetlands, ponds, trees and plants to slow down the journey of water into rivers to create a healthy home where people and wildlife can flourish. So what happens when we pave over these green areas? Water is no longer absorbed by soil and vegetation, ...
  • Winter Departures – no, we didn’t head for the sun This winter has been a bit of a departure from the norm for the staff and volunteer team. We left the woods and headed for the fields mainly focusing on the SITA Trust funded project at The Dranges. That’s not to say we haven’t been in the woods at all this winter. We have been carrying ...