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!

  • Do you have the fun-draising factor?

    Every year, the fantastic energy and enthusiasm of fundraisers help RSPB Cymru raise thousands of pounds to help nature and wildlife in Wales.

    The RSPB North Wales Fundraising Group has been raising funds for the conservation charity for several years, but they’re looking for more local people to join them to raise even more money.

    On Friday 13 March between 11am and 3pm at RSPB Conwy nature reserve near Llandudno Junction, the group is holding an open day where anyone interested in fundraising with the group, will be able to speak to friendly staff to find out more about the opportunities on offer.

    We have lots of opportunities and events that you can get involved with, all we ask of you is a few hours of your time a month and bags of energy and enthusiasm!

    If you’d like to know more about fundraising for the RSPB please visit our website http://www.rspb.org.uk/joinandhelp/fundraise/ where we hope you’ll be inspired to fundraise for wildlife!

    If you’re unable to be in RSPB Conwy on the open day but want to get involved please get in touch with amy.robinson@rspb.org.uk  or call 01248 672 869.

  • Volunteering - why we do what we do – guest blog by Caty, RSPB Cymru volunteer

    Who am I?

    I’m Caty and I’m a student from Cardiff. I have been volunteering for RSPB Cymru for nearly a year now.

    What does the RSPB do?

    The RSPB is a strong organization which does amazing things, from leading the charge to save albatrosses to creating nature reserves. The RSPB works all around the world from the smallest back garden, to the ferocious southern oceans, saving species from extinction. They also protect special places for wildlife, and motivate people to add their voice to giving nature a home, which is a long-term game, and to have a strong passion for wildlife. Volunteering for the RSPB makes me feel that nature has a home in the future.

    Pin badge volunteer role

    I volunteer in any way that I can. However, I love to find places to put the RSPB’s pin badge boxes, as it raises contributions for the RSPB, and also helps raise awareness of the RSPB’s work. We need money so that changes could happen for nature conservation and wildlife. I help to fundraise by placing pin badge boxes in different places like cafes and pet shops. You can also create your own event, using the pin badge boxes, to raise money for the RSPB. If you like arts and crafts, you can make your own items to sell with the pin badges, like I did. I made feather pens to help raise money for the RSPB, whilst having the pin badges for sale.

    How many hours do I volunteer?

    Usually, I volunteer one hour every week. However, when events are taking place, I will have done 5 hours on that week. Volunteering is very important as it gets you involved with new things, as well as developing technical, social and academic skills that could not be learned in school. Volunteering is something to do outside school, college or university. Whilst doing volunteering, you gain a lot of experience. For example, you learn communication skills and academic skills.

    Why is volunteering important?

    Being a volunteer for the RSPB helps inspire anyone to create a better environment for wildlife in the future, in whatever way that they can help. The work that you do as a volunteer would be very valuable for the RSPB, and most importantly, for nature. According to the research that Dr. Rachel Casiday, from the University of Wales, it showed that when volunteers were asked to assess their own health, they rated it more positively than non-volunteers. I think volunteering encourages you to take a healthier lifestyle, which can improve self-esteem and it will give you a sense of purpose, as you are doing something to help nature.

    No matter how young or old you are, volunteering for the RSPB will help you, the RSPB and most importantly, it will give nature a home.

    Recommendations

    I would definitely recommend volunteering for the RSPB as personally, it makes me feel that I am doing something to help nature and the wildlife that’s all around us. If you volunteer for the RSPB, you are giving back to nature, and you will help to create a better environment for wildlife, in the future.

    For more information about volunteering please go to http://www.rspb.org.uk/joinandhelp/volunteering

    Below image - L-R Anna and Caty presented with a golden curlew limited edition pin badge for exceptional fundraising for RSPB Cymru

  • When I was a boy - guest blog by film maker Bevis Bowden about RSPB Gwenffrwd-Dinas

    RSPB Gwenffrwd-Dinas is made up of enchanting alder and oak woodland and fast-flowing, spectacular rivers. This reserve is set in the heart of the beauty of mid Wales, as Bevis explains:

    "When I was boy, a river and wood was always a great adventure. Some thirty years later I found my way back".

    During the Autumn of 2013 I returned to RSPB Gwenffrwd-Dinas. I wasn't returning to swim in the pools of the Afon Twyi as I had done as a child but to film the reserve and its nature. I looked for passed inhabitants and saw new residents. I filmed through out the year, re-aquainting myself to the reserves seasonal transitions. During that summer I saw people swimming in the river's pools at the point known as The Junction just as I had done all those years before.

     THE JUNCTION WAS FILMED AND EDITED BY BEVIS BOWDEN

    The below image shows RSPB Gwenffrwd-Dinas in the spring, if you want to find out more click here