Our 2019 Highlights

Oh what a year we’ve had at The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales!

As 2019 draws to a close, we thought it was a great time to reflect on just how much we have achieved the past 12 months.

But first, we must give our huge thanks to our dedicated volunteers without which we simply wouldn’t have achieved all that we have. It is thanks to these selfless, hardworking individuals who give their time for free that we are able to deliver the huge extent of conservation and engagement work that we do.

We go into 2020 feeling thankful for the hard work of our staff, volunteers and the support of all of our members!

Here are just some of our highlights for 2019:

We won an incredible FIVE awards!

 

(L-R) Gina, Laura and Carys were delighted to accept the Best Tourism Business Innovation award on behalf of the Trust

It is great to see the hard work of our staff, volunteers and supporters recognised through awards. We were extremely lucky to win 5 awards in 2019!

We have secured funding for some exciting projects!

Parc Slip Visitor Centre Tondu

Many improvements are scheduled for Parc Slip in the next 12 months

Fundraising success!

Skomer Wardens receive the new Skomer vehicle

Supporter-led fundraising

We were delighted to receive a cheque of £901 to go towards the Skomer Tractor Appeal

We are also incredibly lucky to have some passionate and dedicated supporters who kindly raise funds for us!

Here are just a few from this year:

Exciting finds!

Identifying Fungus

Identifying Fungus photo by Graham Watkeys

Reaching new audiences!

Manx Shearwater Chick by G.Eagle

Manx Shearwater Chick by G.Eagle

 

  • Our beautiful Skokholm Island featured on BBC’s Land of the Wild in the summer, did you see it?
  • Skomer Island had a 6 page feature in BBC Wildlife Magazine on the incredible story of the Manx Shearwater
  • Our membership magazine had a makeover and is now called Your Wild Wales –join as a member to receive this quarterly magazine
  • We have 600 new followers on Instagram – and counting! Follow us for your daily wildlife fix! Can you help us reach 2000 followers by the New Year?

Campaign successes

Ratty, Mole, Badger & Toad campaign for a Wilder Future

Ratty, Mole, Badger & Toad campaign for a Wilder Future

  • The Wildlife Trusts’ Wilder Future campaign launched and we have since been working hard to spread the word and inspire people to make small (or big) changes and actions to secure a Wilder Future for Wales
  • We had a record number of sign ups to our 30 Days Wild campaign this June! If you can’t wait until next June for your next nature challenge, get involved with our 12 Days of Wild Christmas campaign kicking off on Christmas Day!

Living Seas Wales

Our Living Seas Wales team has been busy this year!
Read their project roundup here 

Milestones

Nigel and his family celebrate the re naming of the Northern Wetland hide

The Northern Wetland Hide is renamed the Nigel Ajax-Lewis Hide

Parc Slip Nature Reserve turned 30 years old!
To celebrate we renamed the Northern Wetland Hide after the Trust’s longest standing member of staff Nigel Ajax-Lewis. Nigel has been instrumental in many projects over the years, but arguably his biggest and earliest project was the creation of Parc Slip Nature Reserve.

That is just a snapshot of the incredible things we have achieved this year – and we couldn’t do it without our volunteers, members and supporters!

We can’t wait to see what 2020 has in store!