Issue 60

Natur Cymru cover issue 60

Geoff Gibbs discusses the ups and downs of Welsh cuckoos

Butterflies attract the crowds. Bruce Langridge introduces Plas Pilipala, the butterfly house at the National Botanic Garden of Wales.

David Elias discussed the complexities of the decisions about how best to manage woodlands in the uplands

Tom Cotterell summarises some recent findings from mineralogy studies in Wales

Mountain Flowers (reviewed by James Robertson)
RHS Companion to Wildlife Gardening (reviewed by David Saunders)
Falcons (reviewed by David Parker)
Guests of Summer - a house martin love story (reviewed by Geoff Gibbs)

Stuart Smith describes the positive management of grassland habitats outside the NRW offices in Bangor

Urban Buzz success - the shrill carder bee in Cardiff

An appeal from Gwent Wildlife Trust

Wales now has a Red Data Book of rust fungi - possibly a world first. Ray Woods describes their life stories and ecology, and explains why we should care for these parasitic fungi.

In an article in 2004 (NC 13), Jonathan Briggs outlined the natural history interest and conservation problems of the Montgomery Canal. Much water has flowed under the canal bridge since then, not least the 2012 transformation of British Waterways into a new charity, the Canal & River Trust. So what is now happening on the Montgomery Canal, and what is the ecological situation on other canals in Wales? Jonathan returns to the story of Wales' wildlife-rich canal heritage and suggests ways to influence canal management.

Ar yr olwg gyntaf 'dyw tir gwastad ddim yn edrych mor ddiddorol efallai â llethrau a chopaon. Rhaid mynd i ganol gwlyptir Gwastadeddau Gwent er mwyn gwerthfawrogi cyfoeth yr ardal. Richard Bakere sy'n ein tywys drwy hanes a chyfrinachau hynod y gornel unigryw hon o Dde Cymru.

Welsh language article. At first glance, flat land may not look as interesting as slopes and peaks. You have to go to the middle of the Gwent Levels wetland to appreciate the richness of the area. Richard Bakere takes us through the fascinating history and secrets of this unique corner of South Wales.

Butterfly Conservation recently set out to evaluate the status of grizzled skipper at the largest colony in Wales, at Merthyr Mawr Warren in Glamorgan. Judy Burroughs and George Tordoff were particularly interested in the butterfly's choice of plants for egg laying.

Failure of Arctic tern breeding on the Skerries highlights the role that charismatic seabirds can have as sentinels of less obvious changes at sea. Ivor Rees also draws attention to some of the critical gaps in knowledge of the pelagic marine ecosystems off Wales.

Most of us are aware that hoverflies are beneficial insects but don't take our interest much further. Yet there are many facets to hoverflies, as Andrew Lucas explains. His studies have taken him into the field of DNA 'barcoding' but a love of nice places in sunny weather, careful observation and a book are all you need to get started.

Leaving the European Union will mean the end of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in Wales and the UK. Writer and farmer James Robertson argues that this could bring new opportunities for a closer working relationship between Welsh farmers and wider society.

On 23 June 2016, the United Kingdom voted in a referendum to leave the European Union after over 40 years of membership. Roger Thomas considers what this irreversible decision may mean for the natural environment of Wales.

An introduction to the edition