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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  • Saving Priors Meadow – the project draws to a closeSaving Priors Meadow – the project draws to a close
    Through the last 18 months our Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales (WTSWW) conservation team and volunteers based in Swansea have been busy delivering the project Saving Priors Meadow. We were lucky to be awarded funding by Welsh Government’s Landfill Disposal Tax Community Scheme, administered by the Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA), for ...
  • When Beach Cleaning Goes Bad!
    As we all know the corona virus lockdown has thrown up many challenges. Here at The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales (WTSWW) some tasks we have wanted to get done have been missed due to running on a reduced staffing structure and volunteer activities being halted. One volunteer whose activity could not cease was ...
  • We Are Good To Go!We Are Good To Go!
    Yes!!! We are Finally Good to Go! We are delighted to announce that after 4 months of being closed, two of our Wildlife Trust Visitor Centres will once again open their doors to visitors! The Welsh Wildlife Centre The Welsh Wildlife Centre, Cilgerran will open on Wednesday 29th July from 10am until 4pm. The centre will be ...
  • The Puffin Prize!
    Eyes on the Prize Would you like a chance to win your very own Puffin photo book? A book made just for you? There will only be one copy, and it could be yours. We will also take you and your close family to Skomer Island as VIPs for a day! There you will be met ...
  • Update from Sarah Kessell
    Update from Sarah Kessell, WTSWW Chief Executive Officer. I think we are not alone in finding that the planning needed to get back to work after the Covid-19 lockdown is proving far more complex than it was to stop suddenly at the start of the lockdown. The length of the lockdown has meant that there is a ...
  • Urgent Covid-19 Appeal!
    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 ...
  • Introducing Felix, Felicity and Darcey to Overton Cliff!
    This is Felix, Felicity and Darcey arriving at Roydon’s Corner on an April evening where they were held overnight before being introduced to Overton Cliff in daylight. These three have been separated from a group of ponies conservation grazing the dune heath at National Trust’s Penmaen Burrows where they were running out of forage. They will ...
  • Paul wins a Lantra Award!Paul wins a Lantra Award!
    Well Done Paul! Last month, Lantra (Sector Skills Council for land-based and environmental industries) announced their Land-based learner of the Year Awards 2018. The ceremony took place at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair with the awards presented by Lesley Griffiths AM, Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs. Our very own Senior Wildlife Trust Officer, Paul ...
  • Firebreaks and Coastal HeathFirebreaks and Coastal Heath
    Early in the scorching hot summer of 2018 about 9 hectares (or half of the entire reserve) of Longhole Cliff, one of our South Gower Coast nature reserves, went up in flames. Later in the summer a smaller area also burnt. Whether these fires were accidental or deliberate arson we do not know but in ...
  • Gelli Hir – A Woodland Haven for Wildlife & the Community: Transition into SpringGelli Hir – A Woodland Haven for Wildlife & the Community: Transition into Spring
    Last time I wrote about this project funded by Enovert Community Trust (formerly Cory Environmental Trust in Britain) we had just spent a very wet early January upgrading one of the footpaths making the reserve more accessible. As bird nesting season approached with the coming spring we turned our focus to finishing the habitat works. ...
  • Grazing Returns to the South Gower CoastGrazing Returns to the South Gower Coast
    Our Overton Mere Nature Reserve on the South Gower Coast, is a very special place. The reserve is of national importance for the assemblage of calcareous grassland plants it supports, such as Spring Squill, Autumn Ladies-Tresses and Hoary Rock Rose. But this special habitat is under threat from lack of grazing. Grazing is essential for the ...
  • Wonderful Winter Walks on GowerWonderful Winter Walks on Gower
    Chances are, if you live on Gower, you’ll know all about the amazing wild places the peninsula has to offer, from wild coastal beaches to ancient bluebell woodlands. But did you know that lots of these wildlife havens are managed by The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales? We manage over 30 nature reserves in ...