Are you interested in finding out more about wildlife? If so, volunteers are needed to help with national or locally run surveys. Sometimes training is available as part of these but our calendar also has details of other training courses, which may help improve your species identification and survey skills. Use the search facility to choose between Surveys , Training , Events or Meetings , or search by date or keywords.
Our calendar is not exhaustive and we need you to send us details of relevant events to keep it up to date. You may also find details of other biodiversity related events on the Wales Biodiversity Partnership website.
Chester Zoo are hosting a conference on rewilding at the end of January. It's primarily aimed at zoo staff, but other conservation organisations are welcome – as are all partners in conservation.
Meet outside Ty Peblig, 36 Ffordd Ysgubor Goch, Peblig, Caernarfon, LL55 2RU.
If you would like to learn some of the basic skills needed to identify mosses and liverworts using the microscope, this course may be of interest to you.
Organised by Cofnod (the North Wales Environmental Information Centre), the Bryophyte Microscopy Course will be held on 7th February 2020 at the World Museum in Liverpool from 10.30 to 15.30. The course is aimed at beginners who enjoy field bryology and would like to start using microscopes to take their bryophyte identification one step further.
We will be using the lovely microscopes made available by the Museum and learn basic techniques starting with how to make a slide, then looking at the different parts of a bryophyte plant under the microscope, look at different types of cells, and become familiar with the terminology used in microscopic keys.
Course leader: Lucia Ruffino.
Please note that meetings last until approx 3 pm, so make sure you bring lunch and enough water to keep you going. If you prefer, you can join us only for part of the day, and that's OK with us too.
Please ensure you are dressed appropriately for outdoor meetings and have all waterproof and warm gear/footwear that you need in North Wales! Please also make sure you read the risk assessment and the British Bryological Society Safety Code.
Indoor meetings are designed to train members in the use of microscopes for bryophyte identification, and in the interpretation of keys and illustrations in bryophyte id books. Bring your own microscope, if you have one, or use the ones kindly lent to us by Cofnod.
All meetings in 2020 are to be held on the 4th Friday of every month. Field site venues will be discussed at the January meeting. Please contact Jo for further details.
A brief introduction to mosses and liverworts by local bryologist Lucia Ruffino.
A walk around Coed Llennyrch and Felenrhyd to discover species.
Looking closer - microscope session.
Conservation events in Snowdonia.
Join the NWMG during the day to check some bat boxes to see who is home! Sam is often able to show bats in the hand so you can appreciate these marvellous creatures up close.
Followed by some food in the Oakley Arms, Sam will be carrying out some trapping for Nathusius' Pipistrelle - this is part of the Welsh National Nathusius' Project so you will be helping
us to gather important data on this species.
Exact locations and timings TBC.
Cofnod, Intec, Ffordd y Parc, Parc Menai,
Bangor, Gwynedd. LL57 4FG