Bridgend countryside volunteer opportunities: Bryngarw volunteer programme of events 2014

The volunteer programme has been going for over five years and has gone from strength to strength, with members of the local community donating their time and efforts to support preserving the park’s natural environment.

The volunteers meet one Saturday a month and the work can be very rewarding and is a great way to learn new skills, keep fit and socialise, while helping the environment at the same time.

View the volunteer programme of events 2014

Recent projects undertaken by the volunteers include the management of the woodland garden, restoration of the natural habitat in the rhos pasture and the development of an educational nature garden.



So, if you have a passion for conservation and the great outdoors and would like to learn more about becoming a volunteer, call the rangers office and speak to Dan or Keith on 01656 725155 or email:

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Bridgend countryside volunteer opportunities: Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales

Yep it’s that time of year when volunteer events are published showing the breadth of countryside volunteer opportunities in Bridgend. Yes we have listened (Leigh) and with a more joined up approach this year from all volunteer providers, there should be less conflicting events and more chance to take part in as many activities as possible..

On that note..

The list of events and activities for January- March at Parc Slip Nature Reserve have been released. Most events are £2 donation only and will be meeting in the Visitor Centre.


hedge laying Parc slip

The upcoming events list with full details about each event can also be found on the website here or feel free to contact Rose by email or phone using the details below. Keep  year eye on the website in case any extra events are added.


Please note that over the Christmas period the Visitor Centre and Coffee Shop will be closed from end of business on Sunday 22ndDecember until Tuesday 7th Jan except for a Winter Wildlife Walk on Saturday 28th December. The Nature Reserve will be open for wildlife watching and walking as usual.

Rose Revera
People and Wildlife Officer
The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales

Tel: 01656 724100
Fax:  01656 726980

The Nature Centre
Fountain Road
CF32 0EH

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Do you have a passion for wildlife recording in your garden?

Correspondence from Sean McHugh WBP. Dragonfly TV are looking for enthusiastic people who have a passion for wildlife recording in their gardens and are looking some Welsh examples.

Dragonfly Film and Television Offer
Dragonfly TV are developing a programme about people who watch and record wildlife in their gardens.  We want to talk to as many people as possible to find out what they do and why they do it.  Whether its moth trapping, filming foxes, putting in nestbox cams, noting natterjacks we would love to talk to you.

Dragonfly Film and Television is a BAFTA award-winning, independent television production company, specialising in factual programmes.  We work across all the major UK and international broadcasters, such as the BBC, Channel 4, Discovery and National Geographic.  We have a proven track record of delivering thoughtful and sensitive single documentaries and series.

Dragonfly’s programmes have a reputation for dealing with important and often sensitive subject matters, with warmth and integrity. From The Burrowers to giving birth in One Born Every Minute to crashing a plane in Plane Crash, we always tell stories in an honest, thought-provoking and sensitively handled way. Dragonfly have worked with many people, places and institutions – including maternity wards, hotels, schools and families in their homes.  We now want go onto peoples gardens.

Our latest idea is about people who capture wildlife in their back garden. Our gardens are our own private wildernesses – the place we gain most experience and enjoyment of the natural world, and we British don’t want to miss a bit of what’s going on! We want to find people who are totally obsessed with capturing birds, bees, hedgehogs, butterflies, foxes, badges and moths to name a few.

If you or you know anyone who might be interested in taking part, please contact or call on 0207 033 3195



Sean McHugh
WBP Communications Officer
Wales Biodiversity Partnership

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Wildlife trust. Wildlife sites officer

Wildlife Sites Officer

Wildlife trust are currently recruiting for a fixed term 12 month Wildlife Sites Officer to work in the Local Authority regions that cover Glamorgan, starting January 2014.

Salary £17,000.

Closing date Friday 6th December, interviews Friday 13th December in Bridgend.

Please see WTSWW Wildlife Sites Officer – Job Description or contact Rob Parry (01656 724100) for more details. You can also download an Application Form or phone to request a paper copy.


The post is part of the Welsh Government Resilient Ecosystem Fund funded ‘Local Wildlife Sites in Southeast Wales Project’ in accordance with funding terms and conditions. To work with private landowners in Glamorgan to promote the sustainable long-term management of Wildlife Sites through landowner liaison, site assessments, data collection and practical delivery.

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Sea Buckthorn Control at Newton Burrows 16th November 2013

scrub clearance 1

Don’t forget tomorrow there will be sea buckthorn clearance at newton dunes.

Meeting at beach road car park at 10.00 we will be scrub clearing for a couple of hours until 12.  Last year Leigh, Lin and ‘mad fire starter’ Chris, went at the sea buckthorn like Edward Scissorhands and managed to clear a good area of the pernicious invader.
scrub clarance 4

Hopefully Chris will turn up to help Rob with the fire to burn the scrub, so wear suitable clothing, bring a friend and don’t forget your marshmallows..

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A great opportunity for anyone interested in wildlife policy in Wales.
Good luck

Technical Officer
£24,762p.a. Job location – Cardiff.
Deadline for applications November 29th 2013 – Interviews Jan 9th 2014
To download a job application pack click here

This is a full time position until 31 March 2015
This job helps to conserve, restore and connect Wales’ ecosystems and integral biodiversity, so that everyone can enjoy, value and benefit from it. You will do this by supporting the work of the Wales Biodiversity Partnership (WBP). You will work as part of the WBP Support Team, supporting the work of government, organisations, and partnerships involved in biodiversity conservation.
· Have an environmental degree
· Experience of working in the environmental field
· Experience of working in partnership with a range of organisations
· A good understanding of current biodiversity legislation and policy in Wales and how this is implemented
· A good understanding of the changes currently underway regarding environmental policy in Wales including the promotion of the Ecosystem Approach.
· Working knowledge of local biodiversity action plan partnerships and the Wales Biodiversity Partnership groups (including the Ecosystem, Species Expert and Invasive Non-native Species groups).
· Working knowledge of Welsh species and habitats and the wider value of beneficial management.
· Understanding of networking processes (e.g. sharing information and seeking consensus)
· Knowledge of the Welsh Language.
Secondments will be considered, subject to your organisation’s agreement.
Contact Wildlife Trusts Wales on 029 2048 0070 or email for an application pack.

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Guest blog: Calling all “Sea Watchers” in Wales


The Sea Watch Foundation, a nationwide charity studying whales, dolphins and porpoises, has launched a new initiative to monitor Welsh cetaceans with the help of volunteers; the Welsh Sea Watchers project. 

The Welsh Sea Watchers Project, a scheme supported by the Wales Council for Voluntary Action, aims to establish a reliable network of volunteers to monitor cetaceans and raise awareness for the amazing marine wildlife that can be found off the Welsh coast. Wales is an area particularly rich in cetacean sightings with one of only 2 resident populations of bottlenose dolphins in the UK found on its west coast. A further 7 species of cetaceans are spotted off the Welsh coast on a regular basis, including harbour porpoise, Risso’s dolphins, common dolphins, minke whales and even killer whales.

Now Sea Watch is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to get in touch and get involved!


There are lots of ways to volunteer; whether you want to conduct your own land based surveys, give talks and organise events for your local community, start a twitter campaign to promote Sea Watch or visit schools to raise awareness for Welsh cetaceans and inspire future generations! No experience is necessary; all you need is a keen interest in cetaceans and conservation!

To find out more about the project and get involved or to arrange a talk or event, contact the Wales Development Officer, Katrin Lohrengel on

Seen a dolphin?


Submit your sighting online on the Sea Watch Foundation website ( or phone the sightings hotline on 01545 561227.

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