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Volunteer Katie Ritchie checking the Marsh Fritillary rearing pen

My Year with INCC

I’m Katie, and I’ve been helping out with the marsh fritillary project as part of my undergraduate placement year at the National Botanic Garden of Wales. My role has involved checking that the caterpillars had enough healthy devil’s bit scabious to feed on, looking out for the parasitic wasp emerging from any caterpillars in the first few months of the...

Marsh Fritillary Project Update – July 2021

A lot has happened in the 2 months since the last update when the first butterfly had emerged in the rearing pens. Not long after that our newly-appointed species officer started and was lucky enough, on his first day, to see a pair of marsh fritillaries mating in one of the pens. This was a real milestone and a relief...

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 Rhondda Cynon Taff and Caerphilly....

Natur Cymru – the first six months

When INCC took over the production of the magazine Natur Cymru in 2020, we were very excited- but it’s fair to say that it was also a slightly intimidating prospect. There was no doubt that the magazine was much missed by its readers, and its absence left a void in the market for an in-depth publication dedicated to wildlife and...

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 butterfly conservation. Katie helping to...

Species Officer – part time role

We are looking for someone to join the INCC team to help oversee various aspects of the marsh fritillary population restoration project and its future development.
Cattle Grazing Rhos Pasture

Marsh Fritillary Habitat Management

INCC are in the process of producing habitat management guides for some of the Amman Valley's key species.
Front cover issue 63

Natur Cymru: latest issue (winter 2020/21, no.63)

The first edition of the new run of Natur Cymru will be published in January 2021. Published as issue number 63, the sequence picks up from where it left off at number 62 in spring 2017, when the magazine was previously forced to cease trading. Elan Valley meadow, by Sorcha Lewis. Farming in the Elan Valley is a major article...
Painted Lady by Sorcha Lewis

Update on Biodiversity inclusion in NRW’s remit

Our petition on the NRW Biodiversity Remit is being debated tomorrow (17.11.2020) at the Welsh Parliament's Petition Committee. You can view the agenda here along with our latest representation to the committee. You can also watch the debate live tomorrow on Senedd TV. In other news, our marsh fritillary population restoration project will be collecting caterpillars for rearing in spring of next year....
slow worm by Sorcha Lewis

Biodiversity Remit for Natural Resources Wales

An update of our progress toward the Welsh Parliament (formerly National Assembly for Wales (NAW)) petition – Biodiversity Remit for Natural Resources Wales (NRW). As you might be aware, the petition was formerly handed over to the NAW in February this year. Since then, the Petitions Committee, which is made up of several Members of the Senedd (MS) and chaired...