Latest News from Wales

Grazing animals plays a pivotal role in conservation

John & Sarah Yeomans, who farm at Llwyn y Brain, Adfa near Newtown are firm believers that productive livestock farming and conservation have always gone hand in hand.
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"More birdlife than ever" at Welsh Big Farmland Bird Count launch

More birdlife than ever, is how Hedd Pugh describes bird numbers on his beef and sheep farm in the Cwm Cywarch valley of south Snowdonia in Dinas Mawddwy, near Machynlleth last Friday at the Big Farmland Bird Count launch.
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No shortage of bird life at the first NFU sponsored GWCT Wales Big Farmland Bird Count

Whooper Swan, Little Egret, Stockdove, Siskin, Redpoll, Bullfinch, Buzzard and Red Kite were amongst a list of birds that were seen at Cruglas Farm, which hosted the first NFU sponsored GWCT Wales Big Farmland Bird Count.
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Livestock is at the heart of producing flourishing bird numbers

Brian Bowen is the Farmers' Union of Wales Vice President for mid-Wales. He has a 230 suckler breeding herd and over 1200 sheep which grazes the three commons that surround his farm in Blaenau Gwent, South East Wales.
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Help support Welsh farmers by getting involved in this year’s Big Farmland Bird Count

There are several Big Farmland Bird Count ID workshops taking place across Wales which aim to get farmers and other wildlife enthusiasts ready and up to speed with bird identification before the official 10-day count period from 7-16 February.
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Farmland bird declines can be reversed in three years says GWCT Wales

GWCT’s three-legged stool approach - habitat management, predator control and supplementary feeding – are the key ingredients needed to reverse the decline in farmland birds in just three years, according to GWCT Wales director Sue Evans.
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More trusting approach needed for future farming schemes

GWCT Wales says the future design of Welsh farming schemes need to be all-inclusive with an appropriate light touch inspection approach.
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Celebrities in focus at GWCT dinner

Two sporting heroes and an award-winning chef are attending a dinner to raise vital funds for the GWCT. Taking part in a Q&A with guests at Porth Eirias restaurant in Colwyn Bay on Monday 11 November are Sir Gareth Edwards CBE, Lynn Davies CBE and Bryn Williams.
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Time to listen to the science, says GWCT Wales following today’s State of Nature report

Today’s State of Nature 2019 report is a damning reflection of how our biodiversity in Wales continues to decline. With 17% of species in Wales threatened with extinction the report states loss of habitat as a root cause and blames farming and climate change.
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New General Licences detrimental to Welsh wildlife as GWCT brands NRW’s review process “not fit for purpose”

NATURAL Resources Wales has announced new General Licences in Wales will be introduced on October 7th – but GWCT cannot support them.
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Proposed change to General Licence could have devastating effect on wild birds

MAJOR rural organisations have joined forces to warn Natural Resources Wales (NRW) of the catastrophic consequences that a proposed change to the General Licence could have on wild birds.
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Firefighters give informative talk in wake of 40-day blaze

FIREFIGHTERS from South Wales Fire Service spoke at a fire awareness day, organised by the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT), at Ruabon Mountain on 1 August.
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Biodiversity benefits pointed out during shoot walk

THE biodiversity benefits of a shoot in Monmouthshire were pointed out during a walk by an advisor from the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) Wales.
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There’s still time to recover biodiversity in Wales

PROVIDING habitat, food and protection – known as the three-legged stool approach – could help our ground-nesting birds thrive in Wales, according to leading research organisation the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT).
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Increasing songbird population is achievable, says GWCT

ECOLOGICAL aspirations can be extremely challenging for dairy farmers but increasing the songbird population alongside profitable farming is achievable, according to the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) Wales.
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Curlew arrive on Powys Moorlands Partnership (PMP) project

Curlew have arrived on a Welsh moor that is conserved by the Powys Moorlands Partnership (PMP) project.
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Plea to support two iconic species in Wales

GWCT Wales has spoken out over the continual declines in water quality and depleted fish stocks across Wales, which is now at a record low.
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GWCT Wales speak out over decline of fish stocks

GWCT Wales has spoken out over the continual declines in water quality and depleted fish stocks across Wales, which is now at a record low.
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High number of farmland birds spotted on Welsh farm

Farmer and conservationist Terry Mills hosted a bird count at his farm in Cruglas, near Swyddffynon in Ceredigion to mark the start of this year’s Big Farmland Bird Count.
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Still hope for wildlife if we act now – says GWCT advisor

With wildlife declining in Wales at an alarming rate, an advisor for GWCT says there is still hope.
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GWCT Wales advisor makes rallying cry for biodiversity support

GWCT Wales is calling for more people to support the good work being done in the Welsh countryside, which is losing biodiversity at an alarming rate.
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Poll results show environment minister made mistake in banning pheasant shooting

Welsh Environment Minister Hannah Blythyn has made the wrong decision to ban pheasant shooting, according to a new poll. Results from a survey carried out by fastmap show that out of 1,000 Welsh people asked whether they would like pheasant shooting to continue in Wales, 61% responded yes.
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GWCT Cymru hosting three winter events

The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) Cymru will be hosting three winter events in North Wales to promote the scientific research carried out over the past 80 years needed to underpin sustainable conservation practice in the future.
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GWCT Cymru response to Welsh Government’s ‘Brexit and our land’ consultation

SIMPLE, voluntary and highly-inclusive is how GWCT Cymru sees future direction for land management schemes in Wales post-Brexit.
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GWCT Wales urges members to write to Assembly Members over pheasant shooting ban

GWCT Wales has written a letter for its members to use when requesting a meeting with their Assembly Members regarding Natural Resources Wales’ (NRW) decision to ban pheasant shooting on land owned by the Welsh Government Woodland Estate.
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NRW shooting review update

Natural Resources Wales' decision to ignore their own findings over shooting on its land is truly bizarre and is a blow to wildlife and those who work in rural Wales to protect it.
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GWCT Cymru hosts top shoot walk at Usk Castle

A well-attended shoot walk round the grounds of Usk Castle was held by the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust Cyrmu (GWCT) on 21 June.
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Conservationists launch rallying cry to save Welsh countryside

A rallying cry to halt shocking wildlife declines in the countryside was made to members of the Welsh Assembly from conservationists at GWCT Wales.
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GWCT Cymru welcomes scientific proposals by Natural Resources Wales on shooting

The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) Cymru welcomes the evidence-based proposals for shooting on land managed by Natural Resources Wales (NRW).
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Welsh rugby legend Sir Gareth Edwards converts prizes into cash for GWCT Cymru

With over 150 people present, Sir Gareth Edwards thrilled guests regaling colourful tales of playing for Wales and the British Lions during his rugby career which started 50 years ago.
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First GWCT Cymru newsletter now online

The very first Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust Cymru newsletter has been published and is now available to download..
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Welsh rugby legend Sir Gareth Edwards to headline conservation dinner in Llandudno

The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) Cymru has announced that former Welsh rugby union player Sir Gareth Edwards will be the guest speaker at its annual dinner and auction in North Wales this November.
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Integrating farming with conservation provides a healthy shoot in the process

Although we continually question the true meaning of sustainability, Hendre Llwyn Y Maen in Denbighshire is a farm that oozes an abundance of richness in nature.
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GWCT Wales launches at the Royal Welsh Show

We are proud to announce the launch of Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust Wales, which aims to raise awareness of conservation and game management across the country.
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Welsh Wildlife Wins With Fantastic Four Raffle

The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) is delighted to announce the winner of the Welsh Fantastic Four Shoot Raffle, which has raised £15,000 for its vital scientific research.
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GWCT appoints a new director in Wales
Sue Evans has been appointed director at the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust Cymru (GWCT Cymru).
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https://www.gwct.org.uk/news/news/2019/may/increasing-songbird-population-is-achievable,-says-gwct/

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