MENNA DID IT! 🙌🏻

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Menna's JOGLE Challenge

Menna’s JOGLE Challenge

Menna flying the Welsh flag and WTSWW's logo at Offa's Dyke

Menna flying the Welsh flag and WTSWW’s logo at Offa’s Dyke

Back in July 2018 Menna left her home in Wales to run the full length of Britain to raise funds for The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales in memory of her dad.

Well she’s only gone and done it! From John O’Groats to Lands End, after over 1,000 miles she’s shared the experience with us, here’s what she had to say…

As I sit down to write my thoughts on JOGLE.. I still can’t quite believe that my little legs carried me the full length of Britain. 1,070 miles from John O’Groats to Lands End. Who’d have thought that 18mths ago, a dog groomer from Llansadwrn who didn’t even own a pair of running shoes, that it was even possible.

I pushed my body to the limits, running between 26-34 miles a day, faced terrifying traffic on the B roads, got chased by 50 bulls in a field, got drowned by torrential rain, got lost in a quarry and opted to run the scenic route incorporating The West Highland Way, Offa’s Dyke and the Cornish Coastal Paths which certainly added plenty of mileage to my route from top to bottom of Britain… but I wouldn’t have changed a thing! Every day was different and I never quite knew what was ahead of me until I got there.

I have experienced kindness from strangers and met some amazing people along the way. I’m so pleased that I was able to share my journey through Facebook too and I’ve been so surprised at the wonderful response and support that I’ve had which often kept me going on the tougher days. I would like to thank everyone who showed their support, particularly those who dug deep and helped raise £2,120 for the Wildlife Trust. That money will help the charity continue the fantastic work that they do by looking after wildlife and conservation in South and West Wales.

It’s been an immense 6 weeks and crazy as it sounds, I really miss it! The simplicity of life, the freedom I had, the love and support from family friends and strangers. Running has given me so much, JOGLE has given me even more and I have grown in confidence and learnt so much! I did this in Dad’s memory and felt he was with me every step of the way. It was his dream to walk it and then I made it my dream to run it. I know he would have been proud of his little girl as I crossed over the Lands End ‘finish line’.

So now that I have accomplished JOGLE, I’m on to the next challenge… New Zealand 2019 – from top to bottom of both Islands!! Watch this space..

Menna has raised over £2,000 for The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales and there’s still time to donate before her campaign closes! If you can, please get involved here.

Thank you Menna for your support and being the inspiration that you are! Good luck with your next challenge!


Autumn and Halloween Wildlife Events

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Autumn leaves

Autumn leaves

Pipistrelle Bat by Harry Hogg

Pipistrelle Bat by Harry Hogg

This autumn we’re donning the wellies and getting outside, and we’re hoping that you will join us.

We’ve got an array of exciting activities to get you giddy about nature and we’ve even throw in some spook-tacular halloween events too.

Here’s what we’ve got going on this autumn and for the October half term…

  • Sat 20th October – Year of the Sea Beach Clean at Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre
  • Tuesday 24th October – Bird Walk at Brynna Woods and Lanharan Marsh
  • Tuesday 24th October – Dolphin watch picnic at Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre
  • Tuesday 24th October – Shoresearch Survey in Aberystwyth
  • Saturday 27th October – Unknown Wales talks in the National Museum of Wales
  • Saturday 27th October – Craft activities at The Welsh Wildlife Centre
  • Sunday 28th October – Painting activities at The Welsh Wildlife Centre
  • Monday 29th October – Autumn walk with nature crafts at The Welsh Wildlife Centre
  • Monday 29th October – Horrible Halloween pumpkin trail at Parc Slip
  • Tuesday 30th October – Halloween hoot at The Welsh Wildlife Centre
  • Tuesday 30th October – Bat Walk at The Welsh Wildlife Centre
  • Wednesday 31st October – Silent world’s fantastic beasts at The Welsh Wildife Centre
  • Thursday 1st November – Holiday wildlife watch and nut hunt and shelter building at Brynna Woods and Lanharan Marsh
  • Thursday 1st November – Create a colourful wooden owl at The Welsh Wildlife Centre
  • Thursday 1st November – Spooky night-time walk at Parc Slip
  • Friday 2nd November – Pain a 3D wooden bird decoration at The Welsh Wildlife Centre
  • Friday 2nd November – Creepy crafts at Parc Slip
  • Saturday 3rd November – Craft activities at The Welsh Wildlife Centre
  • Saturday 3rd November – wildlife watch at Parc Slip
  • Sunday 4th November – Painting activities ay The Welsh Wildlife Centre

 

To find out more details about any of these events, visit our events page.

 

 


Save The Gwent Levels

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Time is running out to save Wales’ wildlife in Gwent. Please act now and tell the Welsh Government to drop their destructive plans for a new motorway – it only takes a few seconds!

WTSWW are supporting our neighbours, Gwent Wildlife Trust, in their campaign against a damaging, 14 mile-long, 6-lane wide motorway in south east Wales, and your help would be greatly appreciated.

The Welsh Government wants to bulldoze through the Gwent Levels to build a new 14-mile long, six-lane motorway. This proposed development will cost taxpayers of £1-2 billion and will only save 10 minutes in journey time. Yet it will destroy the home of otters, water voles, dragonflies, rare bees and wildflowers.

Iolo Williams, TV Presenter says:

“This road is going to destroy Sites of Special Scientific Interest – these are the jewels in the Welsh crown. This road is going to destroy habitat for otters, for water voles and for cranes which have nested on the Levels for the first time in 400 years! Let’s make sure the Welsh Government wakes up to its commitment to future generations. There are better and cheaper alternatives to this idiotic development.”

Recently, water voles have been discovered thriving across the Gwent Levels after bouncing back from extinction on the internationally-important wetlands of South Wales. Water Voles are the UK’s most rapidly declining mammal and has been lost from 94% of places where they were once prevalent.

Unfortunately, this news comes at a time when the Welsh Government is due to announce a decision which will decide the fate of the Gwent Levels. A decision that, if they proceed with a new motorway, will cut across 6 protected wildlife havens and destroy a historic landscape.

Ian Rappel, Chief Executive of Gwent Wildlife Trust says:

“The fantastic success of the water vole reintroduction project is a wonderful testament to all the great efforts of volunteers and staff working to enhance the Gwent Levels for wildlife. This beautiful landscape is a nature-lover’s paradise and people really enjoy its peace and tranquility. But the success is bitter-sweet. If the new road gets the go-ahead billions will be spent destroying a very special place for the sake of saving ten minutes of commuting time.”

Ian Rappel continues:

“Gwent Wildlife Trust fought the new road proposals during the public enquiry – but now we need everyone who cares about nature to voice their concern about these destructive plans. We believe that Welsh Government should scrap the billion-pound-plus road and invest, instead, in a modern public transport system for the people of Wales.”

Please help Gwent Wildlife Trust stop the destruction of the historic and beautiful Gwent Levels.

We’ve made it really easy for you to help. Just visit this webpage: wtru.st/2Oact5m, enter your name and address and follow the simple steps to send a pre-written letter (which you can edit if you wish to) to the First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones, asking the Welsh Government to drop their plans.


November- My Wild Garden Year

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For this month’s My Wild Garden Year challenge, it’s time to create the ultimate wildlife garden feature- a wildlife pond! 

 

Creating a wildlife pond is the best thing you can do for wildlife in your garden or outdoor area. They provide breeding places for amphibians and homes for numerous invertebrates, which in turn encourage other wildlife such as bats and birds. It is also beneficial to your garden, as Frogs, Toads and Newts all eat slugs! To create your own, follow the steps below:

1. Find a sunny area of flat ground, away from too much shading. This will provide the ideal conditions for wildlife in the pond and allow essential oxygenating plants to grow.
2. Decide on the size and shape of your pond. Irregular edges are best as they create many different micro-habitats with areas of different depth, shade and temperature. The most important thing with a wildlife pond is that a variety of depths are provided, with lots of shallow areas and the sides gently slope to the deepest point. If space is limited, you can just create one sloping side. A deeper zone of over 60cm is perfect for over-wintering species.
3. From this plan, decide how much liner you need. We recommend butyl rubber as it is cheap, easy to use and does the job well. To work out how much you need use the following formula:
Width + (2 x max depth) x Length + (2 x max depth)
4. Start digging! Dig a trench out around the edge of your pond that you can bury the edges of the liner in for a neat finish.
5. Once you have dug out your pond shape, remove any sharp stones and line the hole with old newspaper, carpet or similar material to protect your liner. Unroll the liner – let overhanging edges fall into the trenches.
6. Add a layer of sand as substrate for plants and animals .
7. Place stones and logs around the edge of your pond to create shelter for future visitors.
8. Now you can just sit back and wait for the rain to fill your new pond!
9. To support as much wildlife as possible, plant your pond with native pond plants. A suggested (but not exhaustive) list is provided here.

If you haven’t got room for a pond dug into the ground, why not create a barrel pond by lining a barrel or similar container with waterproof lining, adding sandy substrate, logs and stones and pond plants.

You can get full instructions for building a wildlife pond by following this link or by clicking the pictures below, as well as more hints and tips for wildlife gardening in November.

Don’t forget to send us your pictures on social media using the hashtag #MyWildGardenYear or on email using the subject title ‘My Wild Garden Year.

Tachwedd Fy Flwyddyn Gardd Gwyllt November My Wild Garden Year


News from Vine House Farm

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Chaffinch by Vine House Farm

Chaffinch by Vine House Farm

Our friends at Vine House Farm have written about what’s been going on at the Farm this September…

The wheat harvest was finished earlier than usual, and despite yields being down on our gravelly land they were on average with the last five years. It was of a good quality, due to all the sunshine we had in June and July.

Our sunflower fields looked spectacular when they were in flower and we had good coverage of them on ITV Anglia, BBC Look North, the Daily Mail and on the Good Morning Britain weather forecast. They had a good dose of sunshine when in flower, so hopefully we will have a good crop.

Our next crop for harvesting will be the organic red clover, followed by canary seed, red millet, white millet and lastly the sunflowers. All these crops have been able to benefit from the rain, along with the sugar beet and the potatoes.

The potatoes have been very hard work this year. We have irrigated them non stop but they didn’t grow in the hot dry weather. We did keep them alive and they are now enjoying the cooler weather and are putting on some weight.

Harvest time is the most important time of year, where we find out what our crops have yielded and to determine which crops, and their varieties, we will grow next year. Due to modern technology the combine can tell us how much each crop has yielded, whereas 20 years ago we would’ve had to estimate the yield. Throughout the country there are trial grounds recording the yields of all combinable crops, including existing and new varieties. This information is available to farmers which helps us to decide what varieties to grow for the following harvest.

Not every crop will show a profit every year but wheat is the best all round crop for most land types. We don’t grow it every year, or in every field, because we have to have a rotation. Most farmers have narrowed their rotation, growing only the two crops that pay the best, usually wheat and oil seed rape. This has done them very well for many years, but they have now run into trouble with a grass weed called Blackgrass.

Blackgrass is a plant that produces 10,000 seeds and only 0.01% need to survive to cause havoc in our crops. It is an autumn germinating plant which likes to start growing when oil seed rape and winter wheat are sown. Spring sown crops help to naturally control weeds so farmers have now started growing spring barley, peas and sugar beet again to avoid Blackgrass, and improve crop rotations. These crops are less profitable, however, so farmers have a dilemma.

We grow wheat every other year on our farm and the yield always depends on the crop preceeding it. There is a large difference on the profitability of these alternate crops – oil seed rape is usually the most profitable crop after wheat, which is why there is so much of it grown. It is also the best crop for birds, as more birds feed in it and nest in it than any other crop, but unfortunately, that’s not of high importance to many farmers.

The breeding season is now over for all birds that use insects to feed their young. Only the Wood Pigeons and Stock Doves are able to continue to breed. Every bird must take their young moist food, as they can’t take them water. The moist food, as far as the Dove family is concerned, is pigeon milk which their digestive system makes after the adult has eaten grain and taken on water. They only lay two eggs because their digestive system will only produce enough pigeon milk for one youngster, therefore two adults can feed two youngsters. With some species, the female does all the feeding of the young but both pigeon parents have to work hard to raise the family.

Generally, the farm is fairly quiet as far as bird song is concerned but the farm yard is not quiet. I hear a Robin singing wherever I go around the yard. I have been feeding mealworms for several years which has built up a good population of Robins and House Sparrows. The Pied Wagtails have been taking a lot of mealworms during the year but they didn’t rear any young – the nests failed, possibly due to visiting cats.

If we want to see a lot of birds we have to breed a lot of birds and studies have shown that by feeding live mealworms you will rear 60% more birds in your garden. When we look at those birds that are declining, they are birds that do not come into gardens – the true farmland birds. We are running out of insects and nearly everyone is at war with them. They itch, they sting, some are noisy, can give us and our farm animals diseases and can make the food we eat inedible. No wonder everyone is at war with them but they are the basis of life. Could we survive without them? Experts say no, we couldn’t. If that is so, what is our future?

Tree Sparrows have bred well, but as I have now saturated the farm with nest boxes I will be erecting nest boxes on other farmers land where there is suitable habitat. Suitable habitat is where there is an area of ground not growing a crop, with plenty of insects, water and plant diversity.

Out in the Fenland countryside there are a lot of nasty plants such as nettles, thistles, docks and others you wouldn’t want in your garden. Grasses do provide insects, but not nearly so many as broad leaved plants. Wheat is a grass plant, rape is a broad leaved plant, which is why rape is the best crop for wildlife closely followed by peas and beans. Broad leaved plants have prominent flowers, attracting insects that birds need to feed their young. Grasses do flower, but the flowers are so insignificant that you can hardly see them.


Meet Victoria, our New Placement Student

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Harvest mouse by Vaughn Matthews

Harvest mouse by Vaughn Matthews

Victoria carrying out a Harvest mouse nest survey

Victoria carrying out a Harvest mouse nest survey

The start of a new academic year means that we’re welcoming another student to our team for the next 10 months or so. Meet Victoria…

Hello, I’m Victoria Shone, the new placement student here at the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales! I am currently a student at Nottingham Trent University where I study Wildlife Conservation. Instead of going straight into 3rd year I decided I would much rather complete a work placement, which would allow me to gain valuable skills I can’t get from inside a lecture hall. I am currently based at Parc Slip Nature Reserve, but will be visiting many of the sites that WTSWW have to offer. I aim to visit as many of these places as I can before my placement ends in 9 months, and be involved in as many aspects of the Trust as I possibly can.

Before starting university I was volunteering once a week at my local nature reserve in East Yorkshire, the North Cave Wetlands, a reserve belonging to the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. Tasks I have been involved in at that reserve have included clearing undergrowth to building and putting out tern rafts. While working with WTSWW I hope to gain more knowledge of practical management techniques, conduct various species’ surveys, and visit new places.

Throughout my placement I hope to expand my knowledge, gain skills that I won’t find anywhere else and watch my confidence grow as the year goes on. Hopefully the varied opportunities I have will help me find the career that is right for me when I finish my university degree. No doubt it will be in the conservation of our amazing British Wildlife!


Update from Ceredigion

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Bat by Tom Marshall

Bat by Tom Marshall

Meadow rescue and bat chamber!

The path at Penderi Cliffs had a cut and we also cut and raked a small bracken patch and an area of brambles.

At Rhos Marion we spent a couple of days “rescuing” a meadow. Lots of willow branches and trees had fallen over, leaving not much meadow! We cleared some encroaching brambles too.

We have finally progressed works on the bat room/chamber at Cors Ian by adding a bat friendly box into one of the stables. It’s now been closed up and hopefully next year we’ll do a bat survey to see if it’s being used. The rest of the stable has been used by several birds (big and small) and various insects.

We also cleared a fallen tree and strimmed a grassy/meadow patch in the stables area. We have constructed four benches and cut back some branches to improve the views. We are hoping this (and previous) work will allow those unable to visit the whole reserve to experience a small part of it.

We’ve also strimmed some tracks through the mollinia at Rhos Glyn yr Helyg to encourage the horses to graze and improve the habitat for the marsh fritillaries. We’ll be continuing with similar jobs in the next few months.

The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales are very grateful to the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery who have made all this work possible.

If you’d like to join our work parties, get fit and meet new people, contact Em:  e.foot@welshwildlife.org


Unique Christmas Gift Ideas

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Discover unique Christmas gift inspiration in our online Wildlife Trust shop. Be the ultimate gift giver this year with gifts that won’t fail to bring a smile to anyone’s face.

As an added bonus, when buying gifts from our shop you’ll be contributing to the vital conservation work that we carry out locally. 100% of profits from gifts in our shop goes towards:

  • funding nationally important conservation projects across south & west Wales
  • lobbying for better legislation to protect all wildlife in south & west Wales preserving
  • improving wildlife habitats through south & west Wales.

Our supporters fund a large amount of the Trust’s work – every single thing you buy does make a difference!

Here’s a few of our shop favourites to get the inspiration flowing…

Tea towels from £6.50

Delightful cotton tea towels featuring a novel Christmas design by Emma Ball. Choose from Christmas Penguins, Christmas Birds and Christmas Puffins.

Christmas Birds Tea Towel

Wildlife Adoptions from £3 a month

Giving a wildlife adoption as a gift this Christmas will not only put a smile on someones face but will also help us protect that species. As part of the adoption you’ll receive:

  • Introductory letter
  • Personalised Certificate
  • Fact Sheet
  • Soft Toy
  • Once a year (usually in autumn) you will receive a report on the adopted animal.

Aprons from £15

Produced in the UK, these adult aprons are made from 100% cotton, and come with matching ties.

Designs come with garden birds & honeysuckle artwork or puffins by Emma Ball.

Emma Ball Puffins Apron

Children’s book £7.99

Marli’s Tangled Tale is a true and gentle story about the global problem of plastic rubbish, highlighting to children the relationship between humans and wildlife and the dangers puffins face in their own natural habitats.

Stunning artwork captures the imagination of young readers and brings to life a very real threat to our world.

Marli’s Tangled Tale shares a powerful message which invites children and adults alike to question the impact of plastic pollution on our environment. With ideas and activities which reinforce the story, Marli’s Tangled Tale is a book which will inspire children to make changes to the world around them.

Marli's Tangled Tale

Binoculars from £29.99 to £139

With such a varied price range, we’ve got something to suit everyone, including Opticron’s best selling lines. Binoculars are a fantastic gift for any wildlife enthusiast and are perfect for all types of wildlife watching. They are branded with the Wildlife Trusts logo and all profits made go towards to conservation work carried out by the Trust.

Certain binoculars in our shop are waterproof, covered by a 5 year warranty and are supplied with neck strap, cleaning cloth, carry case and rainguard.

Binoculars

Membership

Join us today and help support our Welsh wildlife. Every membership helps the Wildlife Trust pay for essential conservation work, tools for volunteers and protection of wildlife.

Benefits include our magazine, three times a year, our monthly e-newsletter, early booking to stay on Skomer Island and free landing on the island too.

Long term support makes a real difference to the success of wildlife in Wales; for this reason we would like you to be comfortable with your subscription amount and choose the amount that you wish to give. Most people give between £50 and £120 per year, or from less than £1 per week. The choice should remain with you.

Weekly Organisers from £8

Each organiser contains approximately 80 pages, measuring 275 x 135mm.

Inside the organisers, features a ruled week-day table for you to become super organised for this year. They also feature a table containing columns for you to write notes and lists of things to complete.

Emma Ball Weekly Organiser

Wrapping paper – £2.99 and cards £5

Get the essentials this Christmas through us and help wildlife while you’re at it! We’ve got your cards and wrapping paper sorted this Christmas.

Inside the cards the message reads “Happy Christmas”. They come with white envelopes and measure 153mm x 153mm. Each pack contains 10 cards of one design.

Eco-profile: These cards are FSC certified. 50% recycled board. 100% recycled envelopes. Compostable bag. Alcohol-free print. Vegetable-based inks. Printed with Green Energy.

Our wrapping paper is high quality and comes with die cut tags and hanging strings. An open sheet measures 500 x 700mm and one pack includes 5 sheets and 5 tags of one design.

Deer/Stag Christmas Wrapping Paper Wildlife Trusts Christmas Cards (Bilingual) - Fox

Puzzles from £11.99

We have a wide range of wonderful square jigsaw puzzles. They contain 1000 pieces and, once complete, measure 58cm x 58cm. Choose from 8 different wildlife themed designs.

Nature Reserve Jigsaw Puzzle - Pollyanna Pickering


Free delivery is available on orders over £20

To see all of our brilliant, wildlife themed products visit our online shop: www.welshwildlife.org/shop/

Happy shopping!


Skomer Island Monthly Migrants – Sept 2018

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Firecrest on Skomer Island

Firecrest on Skomer Island

Bonelli's Warbler on Skomer

Bonelli’s Warbler on Skomer

See what we’ve been spotting during September on Skomer Island…

The highest count of 16 Common Curlew was made on the 19th. There was a first Sanderling seen in 10 years on both 19th and 21st. Single Pectoral Sandpiper seen flying on the 15th.

Grey Phalarope stayed for one full day on the 21st at the North Pond. Common Snipe was seen on the 17th, 20th, 24th (2), 25th, 28th (3) and 13th, 19th, 21st, 22nd, 27th, 29th, 30th (1). There were 8 Sandwich Terns seen on the 2nd. Mediterranean Gull was spotted on the 10th and the Common Gull on the 24th. Juvenile Red-backed Shrike stayed at the Wick Valley and South Stream on the 18th and 19th. Maximum count of Goldcrests was made on the 23rd with 9 individuals counted. There was a Firecrest in North Haven Valley seen on the 30th. Top counts if Blue Tits consisting of 7 and 8 individuals were made on the 27th and 28th. Up to 2 Great Tits seen consecutively for four days between the 27th and the 30th. Best count of Skylarks was made on the 24th (20). Great passage of Barn Swallows on the 23rd, 24th and 27th (4000, 9819, 3840), and 30 House Martins on the 24th.

Warblers: Bonelli’s Warbler 16th (unconfirmed if Eastern or Western), Yellow-browed Warbler on the 29th, highest count of Chiffchaffs on the 13th (15), of Willow Warblers on the 2nd (13), Blackcaps again on the 13th (19), Garden Warbler on the 25th, Lesser Whitethroat on the 26th, Common Whitethroat top count was made on the 2nd (16) and single Grasshopper Warbler seen on the 17th at North Pond.

A few higher counts of Sedge Warblers made on the 7th, 11th, 13th and 15th (7,6,6,8).

There was an individual adult Ring Ouzel seen on the 21st at North Haven. Count of 12 Spotted Flycatchers was made on the 2nd and two were seen on the 9th and 13th.

Top count of Robins was made on the 24th with 41 individuals seen. Female Common Redstart was spotted on the 2nd. Two Whinchats were seen on the 2nd and singles on the 9th, 13th, 17th, 19th, 20th, 23th, 24th, 27th. First Stonechats of this autumn were seen on the 2nd (female and male) and best counts were made on the 13th, 16th, 24th, 27th, 28th (12, 6, 6, 7, 10). There were 6 Wheatears seen on the 2nd and 13th. The top number of Pied Wagtails (10) was made on the 4th. There were 9 Grey Wagtails flying west seen on the 15th and 18 around the whole island on the 13th. Maximum numbers of Meadow Pipits moving were made between the 8th – 14th (70,70,145,140,120,135,75) and 20th – 240, 24th – 180.

Top Rock Pipit counts were made on the 17th and 21st (11, 12). Chaffinches were mostly seen in singles but 4 individuals were seen on the 28th. Good Linnet passage with 120 birds on the 24th and 91 on the 26th. There were 10 Crossbills seen flying on the 24th. Top counts of Reed Buntings with 10 birds were made on the 24th and 28th.


You’re Invited to Our Special Event

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Puffin by Mike Alexander

Puffin by Mike Alexander

Last month we posted about a dedicated legacy event which we would be holding in the following month. This has now expanded to include other aspect as well as legacies and we would like to invite you to the event.

We would like to give you the opportunity to get to know us better by inviting you to a special event we are hosting for the first time on Wednesday 7th November. This will be at our headquarters in Tondu where you will meet some of our Trust staff, who work to protect and care for our local wildlife and nature reserves, and also gain a real insight into your local Wildlife Trust.

As many of our long-term members have expressed an interest in leaving a gift to our Trust in their will, we will be talking about legacy giving, how austerity is changing the way we are funded and how we are responding to this very real challenge. We will also share with you some of our successes and explain some of the difficulties we face and give you an opportunity to discuss the wildlife issues that matter to you.

The event will be held in the Discovery Room at Parc Slip Visitor Centre, Fountain Road, Tondu, Bridgend, CF32 0EH. Refreshments will be available from 10.30am and a series of short talks will start at 11am. They will last approximately 1 hour, after which there will be an opportunity to ask questions and chat to the staff.

If the weather allows, there will be the option of a walk around the nature reserve. This event is open to both members and non-members but please bare in mind that there are limited spaces.

We do hope that you can join us on the day and please feel free to bring a guest with you. Please RSVP to Rebecca via r.vincent@welshwildlife.org or 01656 724100 by Friday 2nd November.

We hope you can make it.