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Archive for tag: biodiversity

It’s time to see the wood for the trees

It’s time to see the wood for the trees, originally uploaded by Tourism Bridgend.

International Biodiversity Day will take place on Sunday 22 May 2011 and with the support of Bryngarw Country Park in Brynmenyn, Bridgend, there are a number of ways that the public can get involved and do their bit to raise awareness.

Today is World Tourism Day

Kenfig Pool, originally uploaded by Tourism Bridgend.
Today is World Tourism day and the theme this year is Biodiversity. and you don’t have to go to the ends of the earth to experience biodiversity. A great place to walk and get away from it all, Kenfig National Nature Reserve sand dune system and freshwater lake is a favourite for birders and rare sightings of migrant birds, harbour porpoises have also been seen off the golden coast, while spectacular views of the South Wales coastline and the occasional red kite can be found on top if its valleys. Bridgend is criss-crossed with a network of walks and cycle paths and suitable for all abilities, so wherever you go, get off the beaten track and experience nature.

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