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.


Thursday 19th April 2018.  7.30 - 9pm.  Indoor Meeting and Local Group AGM.

Rhondda "Healthy Hillsides" Project

The Rhondda Valleys make up one of the most scenic and wildlife rich areas in Wales. It is a landscape shaped by people, and the Healthy Hillsides Partnership Project is an attempt by a number of organisations to better manage our hillsides for wildlife, and in doing so, to reduce the risk of wildfires on the hillsides.  Sarah Woodcock managed this project for the Trust and will be describing the issues involved, the work, and the outcomes.


Saturday 21st April.  Field Trip.

Boat trip on the Ely River.  Unfortunately, this trip has had to be cancelled.  We hope to include it in next year's programme.


Saturday 28th April. 10.30 am - 4pm (Drop in)

Otters in the City.

Join the Wildlife Trust and the Cardiff University Otter Project to learn about otters in Cardiff and have a go at surveying for them yourself on the river Taff.  Drop in to our tent at any time between 10.30am and 4pm at Blackweir Bridge Bute Park, Cardiff.  (ST 17115 78063).


Sunday 6th May.  5am to 7am.  Field Trip.

Dawn Chorus at Coed-y- Bedw

Join us for International Dawn Chorus Day and wake up with the birds in beautiful Coed-y-Bedw woods.  The spring flowers should also be at their peak.  Make sure you wear wellies or stout boots.  Park at the quarry entrance on Heol Goch Road between Taffs Well and Pentyrch (ST 10937 82507).


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

Wildlife Conservation in Mauritius

Prof. Bill Symondson from the School of Biosciences at Cardiff University has been involved with a number of research projects on Mauritius.  These include: Telfair's skinks, giant tortoises and pink pigeons.  Much of the work has been in conjunction with the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and Bill will be describing their work to restore the ecosystems of Round Island and Ile aux Aigrettes.


Friday 11th May.  8.30pm to 10pm.  Field Trip.

Ponds at Night

Come with the Wildlife Trust and Cardiff Council Community Rangers to look for newts breeding at night in the ponds at Heath Park.  Meet at the Model Railway Car Park, Heath Park (ST 17775 79866) at 8.30 pm.


Saturday 12th May.  10am to 1pm.  Field Trip

Taf Fechan Reserve.

Taf Fechan is one of the Trust’s most beautiful reserves.  It is just north of Merthyr Tydfil and is a broadleaved woodland reserve running along a limestone river valley.  A great place to see riverine birds such as dipper and grey wagtail, as well as many woodland species.  The Wildlife Trust’s Valleys Reserve Officer, Lorna Baggett, will be showing us around.  Meet at 10 am in the Lon Maes Du layby on Vaynor Road (SO 03315 08471).  The visit will finish at 1pm.


Sunday 20th May.  2pm to 3pm.  Field Trip

Dragonflies at St. Fagans

Join us for a walk at St Fagans Museum, looking for the dragon and damselflies that are flying here.  Meet outside the Museum main entrance (ST 1165 7715) at 2pm.


Saturday 2nd June.  10am to 12.30pm.  Field Trip

Trees of Bute Park

Bute Park has the finest collection of rare and champion trees of any public park in Great Britain. Malcolm Frazer the Council’s former Arboricultural Officer will be leading a tour of some of these magnificent trees, many of which he planted.  Meet at the Summerhouse Café in Bute Park (ST 1763 7681) at 10am.


Sunday 17th June.  11am to 1pm.  Field Trip

Meadow Flowers at Lavernock

Come for a wander in the meadows at the Trust’s Lavernock Point Reserve.  Park in the layby close to the reserve entrance on Fort Road (ST 1820 6827).


Saturday 30th June.  Field Trip.  10am to 1pm.

Pentwyn Farm and Wyeswood Common.

We will be visiting two of the Gwent Wildlife Trust’s flagship reserves and will be shown around by Tim Green, their Senior Farm and Wildlife Development Officer.  The site includes one of the largest remaining areas of flower-rich grassland in Gwent and provides an opportunity to see hay meadows as they would have looked in the past, before the advent of intensive farming. Further details of the reserve are available here.  Meet at Pentwyn Farm (SO 523 094, NP25 4SE) at 10am.  After visiting the two reserves, we hope to retire to a local hostelry for lunch.


Saturday 14th July.  Field Trip.  10am to 3pm.

Dare Valley Country Park - Insects of Colliery Spoil Tips.

Recently we have begun to appreciate that old colliery spoil tips can be great habitats for a wide range of invertebrates and other wildlife, mainly die to the free-draining nature of the spoil substrate and  the dry grassland and heathland that develops there.  Liam Olds has set up the ‘Colliery Spoil Biodiversity Initiative’ and will be leading our visit to Dare Valley.  Amongst many other butterfly and bee species, we hope to see grayling and small pearl bordered fritillary.  Meet at the car park at Dare Valley Country Park (SN 98307 02702, CF44 7PT) at 10am.  There is a nice café in the visitor centre so we will probably break for lunch around 1pm.


Saturday 21st July.  Field Trip.  All day.

Avon Wildlife Trust's Feed Bristol Community Project.

This joint meeting with the Bridgend and Swansea Groups will involve a coach trip to Bristol to visit the Avon Wildlife Trust’s ‘Feed Bristol’ project.  Slightly different from our normal trips, this is a community based project that aims to help people appreciate nature by learning to grow food using wildlife-friendly methods.  Further details and a booking form will be available in due course.  There is more information about the project on the Avon Wildlife Trust Website.


Sunday 5th August.  2pm to 3pm.  Field Trip

Bumblebees at St. Fagans

Join us for a walk at St Fagans Museum, to identify the bumblebees in the castle gardens.  Meet outside the Museum main entrance (ST 1165 7715) at 2pm.


Wednesday 15th August until Sunday 19th August.  Field Trip.

Wildlife Watch in Bute Park

The Trust's ‘Wild about Cardiff’ project will be running a series of events in Bute Park this week.  Check www.welshwildlife.org for details.


Sunday 2nd September.  2pm to 3pm.  Field Trip

Bug Hunt at St. Fagans

Join us for a bug hunt around the grounds and gardens at St Fagans Museum, when we will in looking for insects and other invertebrates.  Meet outside the Museum main entrance (ST 1165 7715) at 2pm.


Saturday 27th October.  10am to 3.30pm.  One day conference

Unknown Wales Conference 2018.

A joint event between the Wildlife Trust and National Museum Wales celebrating the unknown wildlife of Wales. Book on info@welshwildlife.org 


































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