We love Wales!

We love Wales!

We love Wales!
Croeso! If you love all things Welsh and wild then this is the group for you. Here you can chat to other RSPB supporters, share your stories and tips, and post photos of wildlife and wild places.

We love Wales!

  • The M4 diversion across the Gwent Levels – Where is it at, and what are we doing next?

    Guest blog by Mike Webb, RSPB Cymru Senior Policy Officer

    It’s been a few weeks of dramatic politics and the conservation team have been busy considering what Brexit could mean for the Welsh Environment (see more here). But rest assured, the M4 motorway diversion campaign is still a high priority for the policy team here at RSPB Cymru. If you took part in our recent campaign action regarding the M4 proposals it’s likely you will have recently received a letter or email from the Welsh Government. We are very concerned that the Government is determined to plough ahead, you can read more on this below.

    We’re excited to report that an enormous number of our members and supporters objected to the Welsh Government’s proposal for a new motorway across the beautiful and fragile Gwent Levels in South Wales. Over 5,300 of you took this action, sending a message loud and clear that nature’s home in the Levels will not be given up without a fight. I’m sure the Welsh Government must have been taken aback by the sheer number of concerns raised about the project.

    Meanwhile, the official side of things continues. The Welsh Government Cabinet Secretary for the Economy and Infrastructure, Ken Skates, has announced that a public inquiry will take place this autumn. What this means is that an independent inspector will hear what people have to say about the proposals, before making his recommendations to Mr Skates, who will then decide what happens next.

     

    Many people who voiced their concerns, (including the RSPB), have now received a letter or an email from the Welsh Government, setting out their reasons for the new motorway, responding to the environmental concerns which people have raised, and asking people if they want to withdraw their objections. We’ve reviewed this letter which essentially restates the Welsh Government’s original case: we remain unconvinced by their arguments. For example:

    • There will be permanent loss of several miles of freshwater ditches rich in aquatic plants and invertebrates – the reason why the Gwent Levels are marked out as special. We have seen no evidence to demonstrate that these can be successfully re-created elsewhere to provide a permanent home to the displaced wildlife, and we have questioned whether the proposed design of the new ditches is up to scratch;
    • Similarly, we question the likely success of proposals to replace the permanent loss of almost 90 ha of coastal grazing marsh, home to breeding waders that have declined in Wales and elsewhere in the UK.
    • We consider it likely that the proposal underestimates the loss of the species-rich grassland that is home to the shrill carder bee, present here in one of its UK strongholds.

    These are just some examples of our concerns. We will certainly not be withdrawing our objection. The casework team here at RSPB Cymru is busy preparing to take part in the inquiry.

     

    If you wish to maintain your objection you don’t need to do anything. Not answering the letter will be interpreted by the Welsh Government as meaning that you are still objecting. There’s absolutely no need for anyone who objected to go to the public inquiry either – the inspector must consider your view regardless.

    You can keep up to date by reading this blog where we will report any developments.

    We are grateful for your continued support on this important issue and thank you.

  • Big Butterfly Count at Forest Farm

    Guest blog by Stacey Baldwin, Community and Volunteer Officer for RSPB Cymru's Giving Nature a Home in Cardiff

    Are you and your family itching to help nature this summer holiday? Are you looking for a fun family activity in one of Cardiff’s greatest wildlife hotspots? Then Giving Nature a Home in Cardiff has the perfect task for you and your family.

    The City of Cardiff Council’s Ranger team are heading out on Saturday 30 July to help track down all of the butterflies at their headquarters at Forest Farm. We want the help of mums, dads, children and grandparents: to pack up a picnic, put on your sun cream and head out into the sunshine to find some butterflies.


    Forest Farm: Martyn Poynor

    We’re teaming up with the Big Butterfly Count to help record the precious butterflies of Cardiff. Whether they’re fluttering around in the hedges, the trees or the grass, we think every single one of these little minibeasts is important. When we know what butterflies make their home here in Cardiff, then we can provide the perfect homes for them to live in.

    That’s why we want your help to track down every last butterfly at Forest Farm. We know that children are experts at tracking down minibeasts, and we know that mums and dads are champions of spotting teeny tiny wrigglers.

    So if you think your family is the perfect team to crack the butterfly puzzle, come on down to Forest Farm and join us - we want your help to find Forest Farm’s beautiful butterflies.

    When are we meeting?
    Saturday 30 July

    Where are we?
    Forest Farm, Whitchurch, Cardiff, CF14 7JH

    What time of day?
    11am – 2pm

    Bring your picnic and join us for lunch.

    Free parking is available on site, but we’ll also be close to Radyr train station, and the Whitchurch Library Cardiff Bus stop.

    For more information please contact Stacey Baldwin:
    stacey.baldwin@rspb.org.uk
    02920 353316


    Red admiral at rest - Andy Hay (rspb-images)


  • Cysgu Dan y Sêr

    To read this blog in English please slick here

    Blog gwadd gan Eleri Wynne, Swyddog Cyfathrebu RSPB Cymru

    Mae mis Gorffennaf wedi cyrraedd pan fo’r haf yn llawn murmuron bywyd gwyllt o fore gwyn tan nos, gan gyfuno toriad y wawr a machlud pinc yr haul gyda’r nos. Ond wrth i ddyddiau poeth yr haf ddod i ben ac mae’n pennau ni’n cyffwrdd â’r gobennydd, y tu allan i’n ffenestri mae natur yn gwbl effro.

    Yma yng Nghymru mae gyda’r nos yn cynnig posibiliadau diddiwedd i fywyd gwyllt, wrth i natur ymgynnull am ei hantur nos ei hun; o gri frawychus y dylluan frech, gwibio sydyn yr ystlum lleiaf soprano i sgrech y llwynog wrth iddo chwilio am gymar.

      
    Chwith: Cysgu Dan y Sêr ar Ynys Echni, Dde: Llun gan Frank Herhold/Image Source

    Diwedd Gorffennaf edrychwn ymlaen at dreulio noson gofiadwy yn y gwyllt ar gyfer ein noson Cysgu Dan y Sêr flynyddol, felly beth am ymuno â ni? Dyma’r cyfle perffaith i fynd yn wyllt a darganfod yn union pa rywogaethau sy’n dod allan wedi iddi nosi, p’un ai drwy glampio mewn carafán, gwneud lloches byd natur i chi eich hun neu gysgu dan y lloer.

    Os nad yw aros adre’n apelio gallech hefyd ymuno â ni yn un o’n gwarchodfeydd natur i weld cyfoeth o fywyd gwyllt. Boed hynny yng nghoedwig dawel gwarchodfa RSPB Ynys-hir neu gors gwarchodfa  RSPB Conwy ac RSPB Gwlyptiroedd Casnewydd, mae gennym weithgareddau hwyl at ddant pawb - o wylio’r sêr a rhwydo pyllau, i hel straeon o gwmpas y tân. Mae’r hwyl yn parhau ar Ynys Echni yng Nghaerdydd hefyd lle’r rydym ni’n trefnu antur arbennig i ddarganfod trysorau byd natur ar drip gwersylla teuluol bythgofiadwy. Gyda harddwch Aber Afon Hafren o’n cwmpas, bydd y gwersyllwyr yn cael mwynhau golygfeydd hyfryd o diroedd pell. Mae cyfle iddyn nhw chwilio am drychfilod, cymryd rhan mewn saffari traeth a syrthio’i gysgu yn gwrando ar y tonnau’n torri ar y traeth.

    Mae yna rywbeth hollol ramantus ac anturus am dreulio noson o dan y sêr. I ni oedolion gallai ddwyn atgofion am blentyndod yn yr awyr agored, ymhell o straen ein bywydau dyddiol. A pha blentyn sydd ddim yn hoff o aros ar ei traed yn hwyr? Gall y plant dreulio noson mewn lloches o frigau a dail, chwilio am drychfilod a darganfod pa greaduriaid sy’n ymddangos gyda’r nos. Efallai nad yw’r syniad o noson yn y gwyllt yn apelio llawer, ond p’un ai ydych yn wersyllwr o fri neu beidio, rydym ni’n addo os rhowch gynnig ar ymuno â chreaduriaid y nos Cymru, bydd yn brofiad gwerth chweil beth bynnag yw eich oedran.

    I ddarganfod mwy am ein digwyddiadau Cysgu Dan y Sêr ar draws Cymru, ewch i www.rspb.org.uk/sleepout. Bydden ni wrth ein bodd yn clywed am eich anturiaethau gyda’r nos felly cofiwch gysylltu ar Twitter @RSPBCymru neu Facebook drwy fynd i RSPB Cymru – a defnyddio #BigWildSleepout or #CysguDanYSer.