We have a range of workshops to suit all members' areas of interests and we also arrange for guest speakers to come give talks in important areas of conservation and wildlife.
Earth Hour Workshop
With the help of WWF Cymru we organised a workshop where we wrote messages to the Welsh assembly government about what we think should be done to help our environment, live more sustainably, reduce our carbon footprint and protect our planet. Our letters were added to an artistic masterpiece and also presented to the politicians and the public to hopefully make a difference!
Thank you to everyone who came along and got involved, we had an amazing time and it was such a great opportunity!
Wildcats and Wildcat Conservation Talk
Alicia Leow-Dyke talked about one of the rarest mammals in Britain: the wildcat. She discussed the conservation efforts to save this species and her experiences working with wildcats in the Scottish Highlands at the Aigas Field Centre near Inverness. This talk was arranged in conjunction with the Cardiff group of the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales.
Fighting for the Gwent Levels
Ian Rappel, Chief Executive of the Gwent Wildlife Trust, came to talk to us about the proposed development of the M4 relief road on the Gwent Levels, about more environmentally friendly alternatives, and what we can all do to try and stop this further damaging proposal by the Welsh Government.
It's a hugely important topic for all people interested in conservation - in addition to direct loss of habitat, the new road would create a barrier preventing the movement of wildlife and impede water movement which could have a significant effect on the wetland habitat. There is also potential for indirect negative impacts on the internationally important Severn Estuary. The proposed development plans run through four Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) and will impact at least two more!
Phase 1 Habitat Survey Training
In conjunction with Acer Ecology, a local ecological consultancy, you'll have the opportunity to learn all about Phase 1 Habitat Surveying - this is a great course for your CV!
The Phase 1 Habitat Survey course introduces participants to the phase 1 methodology to classifying habitats. It includes both indoor and outdoor sessions where we undertake a phase 1 habitat survey. The course is delivered by Acer Ecology and held at Acer Ecology’s office in Cardiff Bay.
You'll also get a certificate of attendance, and is a great course to be able to put on your CV if you're looking to work in any Zoology or Ecology related field!
Earthworm and Air pollution surveying
With Barbara Brown, the community scientist for OPAL, we learnt all about earthworms, earthworm surveying and lichens! Learning all about native Earthworms identification as well as some non-native species and survey methods. We also had a look at air pollution and air quality in and around Cardiff and how to use lichens to assess this!