You may have already heard about Brecknock Wildlife Trust (BWT) merging with The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales (WTSWW) at the beginning of April 2018.
We are excited about this new era of wildlife conservation in mid Wales. Since announcing the merger at the beginning of this month we’ve received a few questions, so we thought we’d share some of the more common ones so that you can get a better idea about what this merger means for the future of local wildlife conservation.
Why has this happened ?
Brecknock Wildlife Trust’s Trustees first contacted WTSWW about a merger back in 2017. It was becoming increasingly difficult for BWT to raise funds in this area with a small, predominantly rural population. Ultimately the BWT Trustees felt that a merger with another Wildlife Trust was the best way to maintain and develop the conservation work in Brecknock whilst keeping a strong local identity.
WTSWW and BWT share a 60 mile boarder as well as major catchment areas and a ‘fuzzy border’ with BWT’s Wild Communities project, so a merger with WTSWW was the obvious choice. WTSWW also have a good history of successful mergers.
What does this mean for local wildlife?
The local nature reserves will continue to be managed as they were before, and we will continue to engage with local partners and work with local volunteers. The overriding objective of the merger is to create an organisation which will be sustainable and effective in the longer term in developing and promoting environmental conservation over a wide area of Wales and its surrounding Marine environment.
What will happen to the staff from Brecknock Wildlife Trust?
A couple of BWT staff left before the merger took place, and the remaining staff have transferred over to WTSWW and we hope that they will enjoy and benefit from being part of a bigger team of staff.
What happens with my membership?
If you are a member of WTSWW nothing will change with regards to your membership. If you are a member of BWT you will shortly receive a letter welcoming you to WTSWW and explaining the additional benefits you will now receive, such as free landing on Skomer Island!
How do I become a member?
Becoming a member is easy. Just contact our membership office via e-mail or telephone 01656 724100. You can also sign up online here.
WTSWW now have over 100 nature reserves! Visit our nature reserves pages on the website to find one near you .