Volunteer workdays and events for January 2019.
As part of NWWT's project to try and address a serious decline in swift populations, North Wales Wildlife Trust is offering a free workshop on swift ecology, conservation, surveying and mitigation measures. It will take place at Plas Tan y Bwlch on Tuesday, February 19th 2019, from 10am – 1pm.
The workshop is aimed at ecologists, consultants, and those involved in biodiversity, monitoring, or environmental assessment. It may also be useful to those who want to take an interest in swifts and their conservation to a higher level. It will include information on how to survey swifts, look for signs of nesting, protect nest sites, and how to assess buildings re suitability for different kinds of nest boxes. We will also share information on some known swift nest sites in N Wales.
Tea and coffee will be served, and parking is available at Plas Tan y Bwlch, which is the Snowdonia National Park Centre near Maentwrog. For information on how to get to Plas Tan y Bwlch click here
For more information on NWWT’s swift project click here
Please let Ben know if you'd like to attend.
At the recent National Biodiversity Network (NBN) Conference (21st November 2018) the four Welsh LERCs (Cofnod, BIS, WWBIC, SEWBReC) were runners-up for the "Lynne Farrell Group Award for Recording Wildlife".
The highlights the innovative systems developed for recorders in Wales and the importance of working together.
Latest news on Welsh wildlife.
Habitat conservation work for amphibians in NE Wales.
The North-East Wales Bird Report 2017 is now available for sale direct from Ian Spence at £5, plus £1.80 p&p.
For those who are not able to buy it directly RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands and RSPB Conwy will hold stocks by late November 2018 - please ask for your copy!
A new book on "The Smut and Allied Fungi of Wales: A Guide, RDL and Census Catalogue" has been published. All the authors are very pleased with the end result and hope it will prove of interest to fellow mycologists and to botanists.
The book follows the same format as their 2015 "Rust Fungus RDL and Census Catalogue for Wales", (available to download), giving a conservation status for all the Smuts etc. that have been found in Wales to date.
However, this volume is also designed for use as a field guide with every species found in Wales described with photos, both macro and micro, of many of them. The book includes a census catalogue listed by species and by host with the aim that once the host is identified, the Smut or Allied species infecting it can also be named. We hope this might be of interest to anyone with an interest in fungal plant diseases and it is at a very affordable price compared to any other books in print on this group of fungi.
The book has 83 pages and is in softback A4 format. Copies can be obtained direct from Ray Woods and will also be available via Summerfield Books and NHBS.
Cofnod, Intec, Ffordd y Parc, Parc Menai,
Bangor, Gwynedd. LL57 4FG