Here is the May Bwletin (issue 159), full of the usual wonders!
* The old Aberdaron jetty - when and why?
* Celebrating nests
* The mystery of the fog bow
* What cues drive insects to fly in spring?
* The old red deer on Traeth Mawr - where did it come from?
* Dippers in Britanny - are they making a come- back?
* Clwb a Llygaid Bach: Recognising Birds of the Uplands
Now in its 7th year, data from the scheme has been used to input into the UK Biodiversity Set as part of C7 Plants of the Wider Countryside indicator UK Habitat Condition Indicator. Further work is expected on the indicator and vital habitat information is being explored across the dataset. The partnership project (JNCC, UKCEH, Plantlife, BSBI and DAERA) is the only long-term monitoring scheme of plants and habitats of it’s kind. Approximately 1500 volunteers are currently allocated a 1km square to survey and monitor across 5 plots twice a year every year. The robust methodology and long term monitoring of plants and habitats is already providing essential data on how are plant communities are fairing under increasing pressures and drivers of change. Please head to the website for more information or watch our videos on our YouTube channel . We also have a series of Webinars about the NPMS and habitat training webinars also, registration is here .
Plantlife is partnering with the university of Tartu, Estonia and supporting their European-wide Cowslip Survey which is now live. The survey explores heterostyly in cowslips (people are asked to look at the flower on an individual plant) and record whether the plant is an S-Morph or L-Morph. The ratio of these morphs can help us understand the health of a grassland habitat. I have attached more information about the survey and the link to the page is below, together with a link to a You Tube presentation about the survey.
Full time – 37.5 hrs per week
Fixed term contract, 1 year. Further extension if funding allows.
Closing date: 23:59, Sunday 25th April 2021
Love the outdoors? Want to work in conservation?
There's a new and exciting opportunity for an individual to work with the Carneddau Landscape Partnership team in partnership with Coleg Cambria. The Carneddau Environmental Conservation Apprentice will learn new skills while gaining a City and Guilds Level 2 Certificate in Work-Based Environmental Conservation and working in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park.
The apprentice will assist the Snowdonia National Park Authority's Woodland and Forestry staff and National Trust Ogwen Ranger teams, as well as the Carneddau Landscape Partnership Scheme team on a broad range of projects but with a focus on the delivery of environmental conservation elements of the scheme's work.
This will involve undertaking a wide range of practical hands on work including assisting with tree safety inspections, tree safety work, woodland management, fencing, planting and assisting with the development of the tree nursery. Other responsibilities may include assisting the team and working with volunteers and schools.
Title: Carneddau Environmental Conservation Apprenticeship
Qualification: City and Guilds Level 2 Certificate in Work-Based Environmental Conservation
Salary: National Minimum Wage
Location: Snowdonia National Park Office, Penrhyndeudraeth, & National Trust, Ogwen Cottage Ranger Base, Nant Ffrancon.
Contract Period: 12 months.
Application deadline: 17:00, 3 May 2021
Rich Burkmar has designed and implemented a brand spanking new digital earthworm atlas on the ESB website. This interactive tool will enable users to map and explore the earthworm data held by the ESB.
The Earthworm Society of Britain is delighted to announce a new online training course from the Field Studies Council BioLinks project. Discovering Earthworms is aimed at adults and will be delivered as 4 weekly topics starting from 28th April 2021.
The training will consist of two online zoom sessions, with a week in between to practice your skills in your garden or local area. By the end of the sessions we hope you will have confidence to identify some of our common bumblebees and to submit your records.
Please only register if you can attend both sessions and if you are resident in Wales, ideally in the Cofnod area.
Cofnod, Intec, Ffordd y Parc, Parc Menai,
Bangor, Gwynedd. LL57 4FG