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Rare visitor flies into reserve ahead of Father Christmas

18 December 2014

One of Britain's rarest beetles is discovered for the first time at Welsh reserve

Calosoma inquisitor

Put on a festive feast for garden birds this Christmas but avoid killer turkey fat

18 December 2014

RSPB Cymru is urging people to put on a festive feast to fatten up garden birds this Christmas, but to avoid leaving out the potentially dangerous leftover contents of their Christmas dinner roasting tins.

Rare beetle drops out of the sky at RSPB Ynys-hir!

17 December 2014

A rare beetle, called the ‘inquisitor’ has been discovered for the first time at Cwm Llyfnant, part of RSPB’s Ynys-hir reserve near Machynlleth in mid Wales.

Calosoma inquisitor

Have a nature-friendly bonfire night

6 November 2014

RSPB Cymru is encouraging everyone to remember wildlife when planning bonfires and firework displays this week.

Slow-worm crawling through leaves

Are you a community group based in Cardiff? Could you spend £1,000 to £4,000 greening-up your local area?

6 November 2014

If the answer’s yes, you’ll be interested to know that Grow Wild – a four-year programme that aims to bring people together to sow UK native flowers - is awarding funding of £1,000 to £4,000 to community groups that want to transform a communal space by sowing and growing UK native plants.

Ox-eye daisies Leucanthemum vulgare, Conwy RSPB reserve

Shot, poisoned, persecuted - the killing of our iconic Welsh birds continues

6 November 2014

The story of illegal persecution of birds of prey in Wales continues as the latest RSPB’s Birdcrime report released today (30th October 2013) reveals. The RSPB Investigations Unit received reports of 46 incidents of wild bird crime occurring in 2013 in Wales, which accounted for 9% of the UK incidents reported in Birdcrime 2013.

Buzzard perched on fence post, Wales

Ffridd – a habitat on the edge

4 November 2014

A new report launched today highlights the importance of ffridd - also known as coedcae in south Wales – within the Welsh countryside, and hopes to raise awareness of its value for wildlife, people and farming.

Scarlet waxcap fungus

What does Dubai and RSPB Conwy nature reserve have in common?

3 November 2014

Niamh Stewart, who is originally from north Wales but now lives in Dubai with her parents, has raised £600.00 for RSPB Conwy nature serve.

Colour run

Embrace spiders this Halloween, ‘the real nightmare would be a world without them’

31 October 2014

Halloween is here, and according to the RSPB, it happens to be the best time of year to see some of Britain’s biggest spiders. With so many benefits to nature and your garden, it’s time to start to embrace our eight-legged friends rather than be running scared.

Backlit spider's web

RSPB Cymru bring an early festive feel to the Darwin Centre

23 October 2014

RSPB Cymru is again opening its Christmas pop-up shop in the Darwin Centre in Shrewsbury this October, so if you’re stuck for Christmas gift ideas why not pop in for a visit and see what you’ll find.

Hedgehog coming through fence tunnel

Free wildlife sessions offered to 'green-up' schools in Cardiff

21 October 2014

This autumn a brand new project, delivered in partnership with RSPB Cymru and the City of Cardiff Council, is offering FREE outreach sessions to primary schools to encourage more children to spend more time outdoors with nature.

Inquisitive kids

Wales' seabirds say ‘thank you’ as Welsh Government announces protected sites at sea

7 October 2014

RSPB Cymru would like to say ‘thank you’ to the Welsh Government for taking an important step towards protecting special sites for our seabirds in Wales' coastal waters.

Thank you image created by artist Theo Shields at LLanddwyn

RSPB responds to ‘common sense’ decision to drop Thames Estuary airport

2 September 2014

Common sense has prevailed as the Airports Commission rules out an airport in the Thames Estuary.

Flock of knots

RSPB Conwy is great for grown-ups this autumn!

29 August 2014

If you thought only children and families were catered for at RSPB Conwy – then think again! This autumn will see a new diary of events launched at the reserve catering for the more grown-up clientele!

Conwy RSPB reserve, close up of entrance sign

RSPB Ynys-hir – where art and wildlife collide!

29 August 2014

Until the end of September young artist, Becky Thorley-Fox is using RSPB Ynys-hir and its wildlife as the inspiration for her next portfolio of paintings.

Family walking at Ynys-hir

School children give 50 new homes to dormice on Llangyndeyrn Mountain near Kidwelly

15 August 2014

Pontyberem and Bancffosfelen Primary Schools near Llangyndeyrn Mountain have given the rare “y pathew” dormouse new homes by putting up boxes for the shy animal.

Pontyberem school kids put up nest boxes

Disaster for Gwent Levels

17 July 2014

RSPB Cymru expressed outrage with the Welsh Government’s decision announced yesterday (Wednesday 16 July) to plough ahead with plans to build a M4 Relief road to the South of Newport (Black Route), which would cut right through the heart of the Gwent Levels.

Aerial view of Newport Wetlands

New film reveals important role of Welsh peat bogs in fighting climate change.

15 July 2014

A new film about a peatland restoration project in north Wales has shown that restoring Wales’ extensive peat bogs may reduce flooding, help give more wildlife a home, and may even be the key to reducing Wales’ carbon emissions and combating climate change.

Golden plover in summer plumage

Retired teacher from Machen is honoured in annual awards

4 July 2014

A retired teacher from Machen near Caerphilly has been honoured in the Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) annual awards for volunteering more 400 days to help connect more families with nature and the environment.

Gail Davies accepting WCVA award June 2014

Food strategy in Wales must support farmers who maintain and enhance the environment

16 June 2014

The Welsh Government’s Action Plan for the Food and Drinks Industry was announced on Friday 13 June, and presents an opportunity to demonstrate real intent in progressing its ecosystem approach to land management in Wales.

Heather moorland in the shadow of Carn Bingally

Extreme camping in Dan yr Ogof Caves to raise money for wildlife!

3 June 2014

On Friday 20 June, for the first time in 3000 years human beings will sleep 600ft underground at the National Showcaves Centre for Wales near Swansea.

Cathedral Cave

Enjoy our Big Wild Sleepout and do your bit to give nature a home

19 May 2014

Thousands of people across Wales can carry on camping for wildlife this summer by taking part in the RSPB’s second Big Wild Sleepout.

Children in a tent

Mwynhewch Gysgu Dan y Sêr wrth helpu i roi cartref i fyd natur

19 May 2014

Fe all miloedd o bobl ledled Cymru osod eu pabell ar ran byd natur yr haf hwn drwy gymryd rhan yn ail ddigwyddiad Cysgu Dan y Sêr yr RSPB.

Big Wild Sleepout at Titchwell

Pebble mosaic is unveiled at RSPB Conwy

1 May 2014

Over the last year, the RSPB Conwy nature reserve near Llandudno Junction has undergone an exciting facelift, and another piece of the project has been unveiled.

Pebble mosaic at RSPB Conwy nature reserve

Climate change leaving seabirds in north Wales with nowhere to tern

14 April 2014

One of the UK’s rarest seabirds could become a victim of climate change as rising seas and increased coastal flooding squeezes Wales’s coastline.

Little tern at nest, stretching wings

Big Garden Birdwatch results: All change in the top ten for Wales

27 March 2014

Over 20,000 people in Wales who took part in this year’s RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch have discovered some interesting changes among our most popular garden birds, with some species that benefit from a bit of extra help creeping up the rankings.

Blackbird (female)

Going the extra mile – Scottish Power gives nature a home

26 March 2014

Scottish Power has helped RSPB Cymru on the road to restoring an unique bog in the Mawddach Valley in Gwynedd back to its former glory.

View down towards estuary at RSPB Mawddach Valley nature reserve

Now is the time for the people of Wales to show what the Welsh countryside means to them, says TV wildlife presenter Iolo Williams

21 March 2014

The Welsh Government’s current review of their wildlife-friendly farming scheme ‘Glastir’, will close on 28 March, and this could be our last chance to get it right for Welsh wildlife.

Marsh fritillary

Support your local in Rhayader and give nature a home at the same time

21 March 2014

Local pub and B&B owner Simon Moore in Rhayader has raised almost £200.00 for RSPB Cymru by completing a 10 mile run through the RSPB Carngafallt nature reserve.

Simon Moore, Lamb and Flag owner and James Bainton, RSPB Cymru

Give to Gola this March and double your money - every £10 you donate is worth £20!

6 March 2014

RSPB Cymru has joined forces with Size of Wales to help save the home of some of the world’s most important wildlife.

Pygmy hippo

Top welsh designer Julien Macdonald has created a stylish home for nature during London Fashion Week.

14 February 2014

It’s not often the worlds of style and wildlife collide, but with London Fashion Week and National Nestbox Week both starting on 14th February, the RSPB and the British Fashion Council decided to join forces.

Julien Macdonald

Make a love-nest for wildlife this Valentine’s weekend

12 February 2014

To celebrate the start of National Nestbox Week, a free family workshop is being organised this Sunday 16 February at Penlan Farm Uchaf to create the perfect love-nest for the wildlife in your garden.

Starling hotel

Giving Nature a Home at the National Assembly

10 February 2014

The National Assembly for Wales is the latest landmark in Wales to join RSPB Cymru’s Giving Nature a Home campaign, aimed to inspire more people in Wales to create new homes for nature.

Nest box designing

Counting the birds that are counting on you

23 January 2014

It will be eyes to the skies on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th January 2014, as the nation takes part in the RSPB’s annual Big Garden Birdwatch.

Children filling up bird feeders

Cyfrif yr adar sy’n cyfrif i chi!

23 January 2014

Bydd pawb yn codi eu golygon tua’r nen ar ddydd Sadwrn 25 a dydd Sul 26 Ionawr 2014, wrth i’r genedl gymryd rhan yn arolwg Gwylio Adar yr Ardd blynyddol yr RSPB.

House sparrow on seed feeder with family watching in the background

RSPB Newport Wetlands Visitor Centre celebrates Big Garden Birdwatch

21 January 2014

RSPB Newport Wetlands Visitor Centre is inviting families to join them in celebrating Big Garden Birdwatch on 25 and 26 January.

Boy and girl with full bird feeders

Dates for diaries: RSPB Lake Vyrnwy celebrates Big Garden Birdwatch

17 January 2014

RSPB Lake Vyrnwy is inviting families to join them in celebrating Big Garden Birdwatch on 18 and 19 January.

Blackbird (female)

What will be the future of Glastir?

17 January 2014

The fate of much of Wales’ scarce and declining farmland wildlife is at stake as the Minister for Natural Resources and Food, Alun Davies, is about to announce the future of Glastir.

Fields used for grazing

Dates for diaries: RSPB South Stack nature reserve celebrates Big Garden Birdwatch

15 January 2014

RSPB South Stack nature reserve is inviting families to join them in celebrating Big Garden Birdwatch on 18 and 19 January.

Lady with her dog looking at the sea

Dates for diaries: RSPB Conwy nature reserve celebrates Big Garden Birdwatch

13 January 2014

The biggest wildlife survey in the world - Big Garden Birdwatch - has been running for 35 years, and to celebrate this milestone RSPB Conwy nature reserve is holding free events for the whole family throughout the weekend of Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 January between 11am and 3pm.

Family watching garden birds

Make a New Year’s Resolution with a difference this January – and become a RSPB Cymru fundraising volunteer around Newport

9 January 2014

RSPB Cymru is encouraging people from Newport and the wider Gwent area to make a New Year’s resolution with a difference – by becoming a fundraising volunteer with the conservation charity.

Fancy Dress Triathlon

Exciting times at the Glaslyn Osprey site in north Wales for 2014

8 January 2014

RSPB Cymru is delighted to announce that Bywyd Gwyllt Glaslyn Wildlife - a community interest company - will take over the management of the Glaslyn Osprey Project from 2014.

Flying osprey at Glaslyn