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 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 can be accessed by clicking here.


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 27th September 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.


Thursday 3rd October 2019. 6pm - 8pm. Indoor Meeting

Large Shandon Lecture Theatre (-1.64), Main Building, Cardiff University

The Garden Jungle: How to Save our Insects

Prof. Dave Goulson will explain why insects are decline, and will suggest how we should tackle this crisis, first by turning our gardens into oases for life, and second by fundamentally changing the way we grow food. Dave is one of the UK’s most influential conservationists and is the author of a number of popular books about bumblebee ecology and behaviour, as well as over 200 scientific papers on bees and other insects. This public lecture is organised by a group of bee enthusiasts based in the Department of Pharmacy at Cardiff University. It is free to attend but tickets must be booked through ‘Eventbrite’ at the following link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-garden-jungle-how-to-save-our-insects-tickets-62351200118


Thursday 10th October. 7.30pm - 9pm. Indoor Meeting

Polar and brown bears: investigating their evolutionary history and conservation.

Dr. Frank Hailer of the School of Biosciences at Cardiff Universityhas been studying brown and polar bears since 2011. His talk will summarise how a combination of field work and modern DNA analyses have shed light on the fascinating and complex evolutionary history of these two enigmatic bear species, and what light this sheds on their conservation.


Thursday 14th November 2019. 7.30pm - 9pm. Indoor Meeting

Slimemoulds: the creeping ones

Dr. Stephen Murray from the Glamorgan Fungus group will be telling us aboutslime moulds. He writes“The slimemoulds are an often overlooked group of organisms that are representatives of an overlooked kingdom. This is a shame as they are beautiful, exotic and under recorded. Allow me to introduce you to these special organisms.” (This is a joint meeting with the Cardiff Naturalists Society).


Thursday 5th December 2019. 7.30pm - 9pm. Indoor Meeting

Initiative for Nature Conservation Cymru (INCC)

Rob Parry was previously Conservation Manager for the Trust and left in 2017 to start a new venture. INCC was formed in 2018 in response to the widening gaps in nature conservation in Wales. Hear more about how the charity was formed and what they have been delivering in the first 12 months of operation to help fill some of those gaps.


































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