The goings on in and around Bridgend

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No Ant or Dec?

The team go into the forest, Merthyr Mawr, Bridgend, originally uploaded by Tourism Bridgend.

Well, here they are, the 8 from Bridgend County Borough Council who were selected to spend the night under the stars with Bushcraft expert Richard Rees form Wildspirit Bushcraft. Part of the lead up to Wales Biodiversity Week, 'I'm a councillor get me out of here" involved a fire lighting course, foraging, shelter building and then spending the night in the wilds of Merthyr Mawr near Bridgend. Thankfully, the weather was lovely and everyone came through it OK. May be something we do annually possibly? More pictures, see our flickr page.

I'm a Councillor.....get me out of here!

Woodland bokeh, originally uploaded by ....Tim.

You may have seen the TV programme based on celebrities in the Australian tropical rainforest, the truth is, you dont have to go half way around the world to appreciate biodiversity, edible plants and overnight survival! In fact, tonight, to launch Wales Biodiversity Week and to demonstrate how diverse our own countryside is in Wales, 4 local authority councilors and 4 members of staff from Bridgend County Borough Council will spend the night with bushcraft expert Richard Rees from Wild Spirit Bushcraft in Merthyr Mawr. All in the name of charity and biodiversity, 'contestants' will have to build a shelter to sleep in, learn what to eat in the British woodland (and what not to eat) and learn some survival techniques such as fire lighting etc. This isn't something that people can just do independently, anyone interested should seek qualified companies or experts to accompany you. Locally in Bridgend, we're fortunate to have one on our doorstep!
For more information visit

Kenfig Discovery Day

Cirsium dissectum, originally uploaded by col_ford.

Well, this is off the beaten track for sure, not that far though, a stones-throw from the M4, near Bridgend you'll find one of the most important ecological sites in Wales at Kenfig National Nature Reserve. As part of Wales Biodiversity Week on Sunday 13th June 2010 (from 12 noon), Kenfig Discovery Day will tell you all about this unique sand dune system. It's a day of wildlife events, family activities a chance to meet the wardens who will be happy to take you on a guided nature ramble through the reserve. Be nice to them and they may even help you build a nest box!
There is a mixture of indoor and outdoor activities, so please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.
Contact Kenfig National Nature Reserve on 01656 743386 for more information

‘Alien Gazing’ - Invasive Species in the Garw Valley

Alien Landscape, originally uploaded by ecstaticist.

Friday 11th June 2010 10:00 am (2-3hr walk)
Starting at Parc Calon Lân car park in Blaengarw take a guided walk through the Garw valley. The walk will provide spectacular views of the valley and beyond and will be a chance to see a diverse range of wildlife focusing on invasive species in the valley, their distribution and the problems they cause. This event is part of Wales Biodiversity Week, meet at Parc Calon Lân, Blaengarw
This is an outdoor event, so please wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Booking is not essential but is advisable
Contact: Creation at [email protected] or (01656) 871911 / 871142 for further information

Improve the world (from the eye of a fish!)

Coro Pescado / Fish Chorus, originally uploaded by anikaviro.

In other words, Fishing Lake Habitat Improvement. Join wildlife specialists in this relaxed outdoor discussion at wilderness lake Porthcawl on how habitat improvement can benefit wildlife, anglers and the local community. Thursday 10th June 2010, 12 -1:00 pm at wilderness lake, Porthcawl.
This event is FREE and part of Wales Biodiversity Week. As it's an outdoor event, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Contact [email protected] or 01656 643196 for more information. This event is weather dependent.