Amman Valley: Community Wildlife Garden

INCC and volunteers have transformed a piece of land in the Amman Valley into a wildlife garden, now thriving with wildlife and open to visitors. In early 2022 INCC took over responsibility for an area of land next to the bowls pavilion in Garnant, with the idea of creating a wildlife garden for use by […]

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Marsh Fritillary Project Update December 2023

Marsh Fritillary feeding on Meadow Thistle on Llantrisant Common.

It’s over a year since our last update on the Marsh Fritillary population reinforcement project and a lot has happened since then, both on Llantrisant Common and in the rearing pens at the National Botanic Gardens. In the last update we were just about to embark on the release of the next batches of caterpillars […]

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Marsh Fritillary Reinforcement Project

In March 2021, INCC and volunteers took (under license) 80 Marsh Fritillary caterpillars from several locations across Rhondda Cynon Taff and Caerphilly County Borough Councils. The caterpillars were reared in captivity through to pupation until adult butterflies. Whilst in the rearing pens, the butterflies laid thousands of eggs. This new generation of caterpillars would mark […]

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Marsh Fritillary Reintroduction Success

It’s now 18 months since INCC staff and volunteers collected the first caterpillars from the wild to bring back to the rearing pens at the National Botanic Gardens in Carmarthenshire. The last update, in July 2021, described how the next generation of caterpillars were hatching and starting to feed on the Devil’s-bit Scabious that is […]

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Gwirfoddoli a INCC / Volunteering with INCC

Devil's-bit Scabious

Mae gwirfoddolwyr yn hanfodol i’r gwaith rydyn ni’n ei wneud. Mae Rhodri Rutherford wedi bod yn gwirfoddoli gyda’r INCC, gan helpu i fwydo lindys britheg y gors drwy ddarparu planhigion tamaid y cythraul ffres yn barhaus a sicrhau bod y planhigion yn cael eu dyfrio’n dda. Diolch! Volunteers are crucial to the work that we […]

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Conservation Report 2020 / 2021

Black Knapweed

Your support has made it possible for us to increase our nature conservation delivery in Wales and undertake important campaigns and species specific projects. The document below is a summary of the nature conservation work you have supported during 2020 – 2021. […]

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Marsh Fritillary Project Update

Earlier this year, INCC took a huge step toward securing the future of a fragile marsh fritillary butterfly population in South Wales. In February, staff and volunteers collected 80 caterpillars from the wild to start Wales’ first marsh fritillary captive rearing programme. Between 10 and 20 wild caterpillars were taken from five donor sites in […]

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Student Placement Blog: Katie Ritchie

Hello everyone, I’m Katie, and I’m helping to look after the marsh fritillaries as part of my university placement year at the National Botanic Garden of Wales. I’m passionate about pollinators and their conservation, so being involved in this project has been a huge privilege and an invaluable opportunity for me to learn more about […]

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