The Wildlife Trusts in Wales and Natural Resources Wales (formerly the Countryside Council for Wales) have long aspired to the same aims of achieving a healthy and diverse environment where there are ample opportunities for people to enjoy it.We face huge environmental and economic challenges in these forthcoming years, and so the ability for our organisations to work together, share resources and innovate becomes even more vital.
We recognise that collectively we are stronger. We aim to forge closer links between the organisations, reinforce our successful relationship and provide a framework for working together over the coming years. Our shared commitment to the environment itself underpins our vision, values and practice. We aspire to work together to create an environment rich in wildlife for Wales and its people. Our work now is to turn our aspirations into practical actions across Wales and this is exactly what we intend to.
Sustainability is the key. The outcomes therefore will inherently help us all move towards a more sustainable way of living. The collaborative approach will ensure that our joint working results in better outcomes than would be achieved if we worked separately.
Each year the Wildlife Trusts receive a grant from NRW (previously CCW) to undertake work that fit with both our organisational objectives. WTW match this with both staff and volunteer time. However, this is often exceeded and in 2012/13 the CCW grant of £328,050 resulted in combined activity worth £1,839,509
Pwll y Wrach
Brecknock Wildlife Trust has long had an ambition to acquire the woodland adjacent to its Pwll-y-Wrach nature reserve to make a more robust habitat for wildlife. When an opportunity arose to purchase this ancient woodland, funding from CCW helped towards securing this additional land, more than doubling the size of this wonderful nature reserve. Pwll-y-Wrach is the Trust’s most visited nature reserve and now doubled in size, at 17.5 hectares, this beautiful ancient woodland, which slopes down to the banks of the River Enig, is a haven for rare species such as meadow saxifrage, early purple orchid, pied flycatcher, dormice and veteran oaks.
Working with Cyngor Gwynedd and Conwy County Borough Council, NWWT have continued a lapwing monitoring project and assessed access and recreation at Madryn LNR. As a result of this work, Denbighshire County Council has agreed to follow more sympathetic road verge cutting policies on rural roads throughout the county. This work is managed through a Section 15 agreement but the work is only possible because the partnership grant enables the employment of staff to spend time negotiating new agreements with local authorities.
Partnership working at Bwlch Cefn
Bwlch Cefn Llian wetland is a former conifer plantation managed by Forestry Commission Wales (FCW). The plantation was clear-felled some years ago and a subsequent re-planting was not successful on the wet area. While not of high conservation value, the extent of the unmanaged marshy vegetation and early stages of wet woodland/scrub development made it very important in its landscape context of semi-improved pasture and forestry plantations.
Radnorshire Wildlife Trust (RWT) highlighted the value of the site for wildlife to FCW in 2008, who then commissioned surveys and an enhancement plan. This was taken forward as a collaborative project between FCW, Environment Agency Wales and RWT. The main aim of the work was to retain more water on the site particularly during peak rainfall periods and to create a mosaic of wetland habitats for wildlife. Six months after the initial work, the project is currently achieving its aims.