Programme

Indoor meetings are held jointly with WildSoc, the student wildlife society of Cardiff University. Unless stated otherwise, they are held in the Wallace Lecture Theatre (0.13) of the Main Building of Cardiff University, starting at 7.30 pm.


Saturday 27th April. 10:30am-3:30pm. Field Outing.

Otters in the City

Discover the Otters of Cardiff this April! We will be teaming up with researchers from Cardiff University's Otter Project to show you some of their wonderful otter collection, teach you about otter adaptations and show you how to survey otters along the River Taff. Meet atBlackweir Bridge, Bute Park, Cardiff (ST 17116 78065). Drop in for however long you want to stay between 10:30am - 3:30pm. We will be running otter surveys regularly throughout the day.

For more information, please contact People & Wildlife Officer Megan Howells at m.howells@welshwildlife.org or call 01656 724100.


Sunday 5th May 2019, 05.00 - 07.00h!


 Field Outing.

Dawn Chorus at Coed-y-Bedw

Join us for International Dawn Chorus Day at Coed-y-Bedw Nature Reserve. Bring a flask and wake up with the birds in this beautiful woodland. Park at the quarry entrance on Heol Goch Road between Taffs Well and Pentyrch (ST 10937 82507) at 5am! Be prepared for wet weather: water-proofs, warm clothing and waterproof boots recommended. Booking is essential. Please contact People & Wildlife Officer Megan Howells at m.howells@welshwildlife.org or call 01656 724100.


Thursday 9th May 2019.7.30pm. Indoor Meeting

Brexit: is this a second chance for nature?

In a Wales post-Brexit how will nature fare? Come along to discuss the many opportunities and threats to wildlife in Wales that Brexit poses. To outline the discussion Rachel Sharp CEO of Wildlife Trusts Wales will discuss the complexities of our ability to continue to protect wildlife and to fund conservation work in an uncertain future. The talk will also cover the potential future of farming, forestry and fisheries in Wales.


Saturday 11th May 2019. 11am - 1pm. Field Outing

Woodland Flowers Walk

For those of you who couldn’t drag yourselves out of bed for the dawn chorus, come and enjoy the beautifulspringtime spectacle of bluebells and other woodland flowers in Coed-y-Bedw. Park at the quarry entrance on Heol Goch Road between Taffs Well and Pentyrch (ST 10937 82507). Be prepared for wet weather: water-proofs, warm clothing and waterproof boots recommended. For further information please contact People & Wildlife Officer Megan Howells at m.howells@welshwildlife.org or call 01656 724100.


Sunday 2nd June. 2 to 3.30 pm. Field Outing

Dragonfly Walk at St. Fagans

To celebrate Wales Nature Week we will be looking for aquatic life in the grounds of St. Fagans. We will be exploring the ponds and tannery pits as we look for dragonflies, damselflies and other life (e.g. newts) that might live there. No prior knowledge of wildlife is needed for this walk, we will teach you how to identify the different species we find, and why they might live there. Meet outside the Museum main entrance (ST 1165 7715) at 2pm.


Saturday 8th June. 10.30am to 3 pm. Field Outing

Craig y Rhiwarth and Allt Rhongyr Reserves

We will be shown around these Trust reserves which are in the Brecon area, by People and Wildlife Officer Pauline Hill. After lunch we will look around the adjacent Craig-y-Nos Country Park. There is a cafe at the Country Park for lunch or bring your own. Come suitably dressed for the weather, but wear stout shoes or walking boots as it will involve a walk over some fairly rough and steep terrain. Meet in the Craig-y-Nos car park (SN 83987 15535) at 10.30am.


Saturday 22nd June 2019. 10am to 12pm. Field Outing.

Trees of Roath Park

Last year, Malcolm Frazer, the Council’s former Arboricultural Officer, showed us some of the champion trees in Bute Park. A visit that was much enjoyed by all who attended. This year he has kindly agreed to repeat the exercise in Roath Park which also has many fine specimens. Meet outside the Conservatory in Roath Park (ST 18527 78966) at 10am.


Saturday 6th July 2019. 7.30pm - 10.30 pm. Field Outing.

Coed Craig Ruperra.

We will be visiting the Ruperra Conservation Trust, which is a local community group that has been returning an area of conifer plantation to deciduous broad-leaved woodland. We will have a walk around the site, led by manager Sue Price, which will be a couple of miles in length and is fairly steep in places. After this there will be an opportunity to see the emergence of the colony of Greater Horseshoe bats at the nearby Ruperra castle. Meet at the Ruperra car park just outside Draethen (ST 228 871) at 7.30 pm. Please bring warm clothing and a torch.


Saturday 13th July 2019. 10am - 12pm. Field Outing

Nature Walk at Coed-y-Bedw

Help us record the butterflies, bugs and other wildlife we find at Coed-y-Bedw Woods. We will be walking around the reserve and recording the species we find. No prior knowledge is needed to join in, just an interest in wildlife. Park at the quarry entrance on Heol Goch Road between Taffs Well and Pentyrch (ST 10937 82507). Be prepared for wet weather: water-proofs and waterproof boots recommended. For further information please contact People & Wildlife Officer Megan Howells at m.howells@welshwildlife.org or call 01656 724100.


Wednesday 17th July. 2 to 3.30 pm. Field Outing

Bumblebees at St. Fagans.

We will be looking for different species of bumblebees present in the gardens at St. Fagans. This is a chance to see these gentle insects up close, and learn the identifying features of the species we find. No prior knowledge is needed for this walk. We will also be available to give advice on how to improve your own garden for wildlife, especially bumblebees. Meet outside the Museum main entrance (ST 1165 7715) at 2pm.


Saturday 20th July 2019. All day. Field Outing.

National Botanic Gardens of Wales - Llanarthne.

We will be visiting the National Botanic Gardens and staff will be providing talks and tours specifically for our group. This is a joint meeting with the Bridgend Group and we will be travelling by coach. Prior booking is essential and further details and booking forms will be available nearer the time.


Sunday 11th August. 2 to 3.30 pm. Field Outing

Bug Hunt at St. Fagans.

Wander the beautiful grounds of St. Fagans, and help us find and record the butterflies, bugs and other wildlife that we see. We will be using different insect catching equipment so we can see these creatures up close. Meet outside the Museum main entrance (ST 1165 7715) at 2pm.


Saturday 17th August 2019. 10am - 12pm. Field Outing

Nature Walk at Coed-y-Bedw

Help us record the butterflies, bugs and other wildlife we find at Coed-y-Bedw Woods. We will be walking around the reserve and recording the species we find. No prior knowledge is needed to join in, just an interest in wildlife. Park at the quarry entrance on Heol Goch Road between Taffs Well and Pentyrch (ST 10937 82507). Be prepared for wet weather: water-proofs and waterproof boots recommended. For further information please contact People & Wildlife Officer Megan Howells at m.howells@welshwildlife.org or call 01656 724100.


Thursday 12th October 2019. 7pm - 9pm. Field Outing.

National Moth Night at Coed-y-Bedw

Celebrate the 20th annual National Moth Night with a moth trap at Coed y Bedw Nature Reserve! We will be using light traps to look for moth species that are migratory to Britain.Park at the quarry entrance on Heol Goch Road between Taffs Well and Pentyrch (ST 10937 82507). Be prepared for damp weather: water-proofs, warm clothing and waterproof boots recommended, although the event may have to be cancelled if the weather is very bad. Booking is essential. Please contact People & Wildlife Officer Megan Howells at m.howells@welshwildlife.org or call 01656 724100.

































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