Issue 64

A profile of the cover artist, Jennifer Breen

The case for a Welsh Seabird Recovery Strategy

The 2021 Convention on Biological Diversity (COP15)

Recent publications in the world of wildlife and conservation

The process of re-launching Natur Cymru has prompted some interesting discussions about representative diversity amongst our contributors. Not all parts of the natural history community are equally willing to volunteer themselves as experts, so what are the differences in people’s paths to knowledge and confidence? Chloe Griffiths and Lizzie Wilberforce spoke to a range of wildlife enthusiasts to investigate their collective experiences of learning natural history, and discuss how we can apply this to supporting others.

The invertebrate potential of our cemeteries, the results of survey work in Aberystwyth

Treecreeper & What The Otter Gave Me

As awareness grows of the extent to which light pollution can affect wildlife, Dr Martyna Syposz explores some of the ways in which it may affect Manx shearwaters, a migratory species for which Wales has a unique responsibility.

Y gwaith sydd wedi’i wneud gan y Sefydliad er cof am Morgan Parry, ac ym mlwyddyn ei gau

How our holiday photos can document change in our countryside

Of the career opportunities available to the undergraduate ecologist, one is private sector consultancy. This is a choice that barely existed before the 1991 amendments to the Wildlife & Countryside Act, which created the devolved conservation bodies of the nations making up the UK, and the subsequent adoption of the EU Habitats Directive in 1992. That legislation incorporated some rare British species into international law, and from that point onwards, developers required assistance in navigating the legal environmental requirements posed by the planning system. Here, seasoned private sector veteran and Chartered Ecologist DR Richard Birch reviews the pros and cons of a commercial adjunct to nature conservation that is not always regarded with favour by the purists.

Recent records of note, and species to look out for this summer

Ceredigion-based wildlife recorder Chloe Griffiths shares her experience and pleasure in learning a new field of natural history in her local area during the year of lockdown.

A profile of the glorious Great Orme on the North Wales coast

The distribution and ecology of this diminutive Pembrokeshire plant

The impacts and opportunities of dog walkers visiting protected sites

Bydd llawer ohonom ni'n gobeithio am dreulio rhywfaint o amser ar arfordir a thraethau trawiadol Cymru yr haf yma. Mae archwilio a chribo traeth yn hwyl i oedolion a phlant fel ei gilydd, ond pa drysorau gwyllt allwn ni ddod o hyd iddynt, a beth allant ei ddweud wrthym am ein hamgylchedd morol? Nia Hâf Jones sy'n edrych ar fyd rhyfeddol y draethlin.

DR Jenny MacPherson of the Vincent Wildlife Trust introduces us to the wonderful but largely hidden world of Wales’ weasels and stoats.

Peter Major summarises four years of moth trapping on this well-known coastal site in mid Wales.

After contract work for the Nature Conservancy Council, Steph worked for Gwent Wildlife Trust for five years before joining RSPB Cymru, then based in Newtown under Roger Lovegrove, as Conservation Officer for Wales. She held this post for 12 years and in her spare time worked on dippers and grey wagtails, collaborating with Professor Steve Ormerod and writing the Poyser dippers monograph. She also travelled widely, spending six months in the UAE, a year in Tanzania, three years in Ethiopia and Eritrea and almost six years in Botswana as well as six months in Vietnam and making three trips to South America in search of Red Data species the rufous-throated dipper.
In 2015 she won the Welsh Ornithological Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award for her contribution to ornithology in Wales, and in 2021 was awarded an MBE for services to nature conservation.
Here, she answers our questions about her life and career in conservation.

Progress on the Llantrisant marsh fritillary population restoration

INCC chief executive Rob Parry introduces the charity's recent conservation work in one of Wales’ lesser-known valleys, on the edge of the Carmarthenshire coalfield.