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‘CENNAD’ Plantlife Cymru Lichen Apprenticeship Scheme

‘CENNAD’ Plantlife Cymru Lichen Apprenticeship Scheme is now open to applications, from today for 3 weeks. Please note closing date: 11 April 2016.

The Plantlife Cymru Lichen Apprenticeship Scheme ‘CENNAD’ is open to all, through application in March 2016; with training events running April 2016- March 2018. The learning focus will be on epiphytic lichens, particularly species associated with Atlantic woodlands and way-side trees. A combination of learning approaches will be of
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Added 23/03/2016 13:02

‘Clean Water for Wildlife’ Survey

Clean Water for Wildlife   The ‘Clean Water for Wildlife’ Survey, will involve thousands of people (including individuals, schools and community groups) surveying for two important pollutants: nitrate and phosphate.  Different water bodies will be sampled using simple strip test kits.  By analysing these pollutant levels, citizen scientists and freshwater experts will assess the state of all freshwaters in Wales – something that has never been undertaken before.... more

Added 15/02/2016 14:29

BIS Data on NBN Gateway

BIS has now updated the Powys Micro-moth records from VC 42,43 amd 47 On NBN Gateway.

The Invasive Non-native Species records held by BIS are  also now available on NBN Gateway, excluding records withheld by data provider.

Added 11/12/2015 16:47

NBN: Biological Recorders - tell us about yourself!!

This survey is part of a National Biodiversity Network project to understand the diversity of motives for biological recording, and how best to support recorders. It takes less than 30 minutes and covers recording habits, non-recording free time, attitudes toward the environment, and wider social context. Responses will be combined with interviews, to develop a resource for network members when mobilising and developing their contributors. More details and a printable version (for return to t... more

Added 17/11/2015 13:24

Plantlife "Welsh Waxcap Grasslands Project" Questionnaire

  Plantlife Cymru are developing a proposal to run a three year project to record and conserve our waxcap grasslands. Part of the project will be to establish a Grassland Fungi Apprenticeship scheme where volunteers would be trained in identifying waxcaps and other grassland fungi and then conduct surveys in key areas. Plantlife need to gather evidence that there is sufficient interest in such a scheme in order to get the funding. If you are interested in taking part, please do fil... more

Added 11/11/2015 17:00

Response for Nature Project Report launched 13th October 2015

  Response for Nature Project launched its reports on the 13th Oct 2015. 
Response for Nature Project reports Many of the UK’s conservation organisations have joined forces to outline the key actions they see as essential in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales to be taken by governments and assisted by business, environmental charities and civil society to stop the loss of nature.  
In 2013, the State of Nature report found that 60 per ... more

Added 16/10/2015 13:44

Big Butterfly Survey - Butterfly Conservation

17th July to 20th August
There are two easy ways to take part in the Big Butterfly Count.   Visit the Big Butterfly Count website to download and print an ID chart. Take it out with you to make a record of the butterflies you spot then simply log back on and tell us what you've seen.

If you have a smartphone then the free Big Butterfly Count app will help you identify different species and allow you to record them there and then, saving paper as well as butterflies.

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Added 17/07/2015 14:10

The Mid Wales Red Squirrel Partnership (MWRSP) website

The Mid Wales Red Squirrel Partnership (MWRSP)  website is now live. MWRSP was established in 2002. The Partnership aims to expand and protect the unique population of red squirrels in mid Wales; one of only three significant red squirrel populations in the whole of Wales.

The map of red squirrel sightings includes historical records  populated from the LRC Wales merged database from BIS, SEWBReC and WWBIC. Records entered on-line will be exchanged with the LRCs.

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Added 14/07/2015 16:03

Welsh Government Environment Bill public survey

The Welsh Assembly’s Environment and Sustainability Committee is  consulting  on the Environment (Wales) Bill. As part of the consultation the Committee want to hear the views of the people of Wales on different aspects of the Bill through a survey which asks a range of questions on environmental issues, from climate change, nature conservation, recycling and the five pence plastic bag charge.

A link to the English and Welsh survey are below: https://www.surveymonke

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Added 10/07/2015 15:54

Powdery Mildew Project - Reading University

The University of Reading is looking for recorders and naturalists in the Powys area to become involved with and contribute to the Powdery Mildew Project being run by Oli Ellingham. On receipt of specimens of mildewed leaves Oli will DNA sequence them and then provide identifications to the specimen provider which obviously can then be put into BIS's database. A good way of obtaining records for a very under-recorded group.
Please see Oli's webpages with instructions for sending specimens at the
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Added 09/07/2015 08:22