Join the Snowdonia Society for their MAD Weekend volunteering event on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 September to help protect the natural beauty of the National Park.
This 1 day event will be run by Laurence Clark and Kate Wilson. It takes place in the fascinating surroundings of Rhydymwyn Valley Reserve just outside the town of Mold towards Denbigh. The site is an old WWII weapons factory which is now a varied habitat of grassland, wetland and deciduous woodland. With many of the old buildings being slowly reclaimed by nature, it is a mysterious but superb area of biological diversity and great for photography!
Prices are just £65 per person for the whole day including 1 year membership to Rhydymwyn Reserve. (£5 membership to be refunded if memberships are not being accepted at the time). Tea/coffee/biscuits are provided as well as a light buffet lunch. The course will begin on the Saturday morning at 10:00am and will finish at approx. 4:00pm.
Last spring Buglife asked for your help in recording oil beetles in Wales, and thanks to your help now have a much better idea of where these threatened beetles are; they can now use this information to help to protect and enhance the wildflower-rich habitats upon which the beetles rely.
You may have now caught the oil beetle recording 'bug' and can't wait til next spring to get out and look for more beetles. Well, fear not though as this is the time of year that our third and most elusive species of oil beetle in Wales - the Rugged oil beetle - emerges.
Rugged oil beetles (Meloe rugosus) are primarily nocturnal and the adults can be active between September to April, in grasslands on chalk, limestone and sandy soils. In Wales, the Rugged oil beetle is only known from a small area in South East Wales. However, given that the beetle is most active at night and during the winter months it is likely that its presence has been overlooked in Wales - it may be more widespread.
This Autumn Buglife need your help! Please let them know if you spot a Rugged oil beetle in Wales, there is every chance that your sighting could be a new discovery!
Already, the project has led to the discovery of many new sites for oil beetles in Wales, and in England they rediscovered the Mediterranean oil beetle after it was thought to be extinct in the UK! Like its Rugged counterpart, Mediterranean oil beetle (Meloe mediterranaeus) is also nocturnal and active during the Autumn and Winter months This species may be present in South Wales and your sightings can really make a difference.
If you see any large, conspicuous black beetles on your travels please submit your sightings and a photo to our Oil beetle survey page. Our Oil beetle Identification guide will help you identify your beetles, but even if you're unsure please send in your record anyway as Buglife have experts at hand to identify them from your photographs.
An introductory GIS course which will help you get started using this useful mapping software. Ideal for recorders and consultants wishing to map their data. This will be held at Parc Menai, Bangor (£20 per person).
The 2017 Cofnod Conference includes a great mix of speakers with a wide range of wildlife expertise. The Conference is free, but places are limited, so please book you place now!
Part time - 3 days per week
Fixed term - 3 year contract
Salary £16,750 pro rata
Closing date: 12:00 midday, 25th September 2017
Interviews: 3rd October 2017
Shortlisted candidates will be notified by: 27th September
Anticipated start date: ASAP in October
A free open day to see the Deeside Reserve.
Tea and Coffee available at Field Study Centre.
Find out more about NWWT's new reserve - visit their website.
Cofnod, Intec, Ffordd y Parc, Parc Menai,
Bangor, Gwynedd. LL57 4FG