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Free discovery backpack to help families discover the great outdoors

Young visitors to three of our visitor centres have been offered a helping hand to explore the great outdoors this summer.

They can borrow a free discovery backpack on arrival and use its contents to get up close to nature during their visit.

The backpacks contain useful goodies like binoculars, a magnifying glass, a bug pot and nature identification cards along with a guide explaining how to use them.

They also include some challenges to help get the nature hunt started. These range from tree spotting to bark rubbing and searching for mini beasts to bird spotting.





Hard work pays off at the last Welsh home of a rare orchid

The rare Fen Orchid is starting to strengthen its presence at Kenfig Special Area of Conservation (SAC) after years of partnership work between us, Bridgend County Borough Council (BCBC) and Plantlife.

The uncommon plant thrives in young, wet dunes and used to be found at eight sites across South Wales.

Today, if you want to see the Fen Orchid in Wales the only place you can do so is Kenfig SAC, which is also a National Nature Reserve (NNR).

The plant’s population at Kenfig was at risk having dropped from as high as 21,000 recorded plants in the early 90’s to as few as 10s of plants in recent years.





Plans to remove infected larch at Fforest Fawr

Preparatory work will begin next month at Fforest Fawr in Tongwynlais, Cardiff, ahead of plans by us to remove infected larch trees from the site in September 2018.

People visiting the area will notice machinery working in the forest over a few weeks to prune and prepare the trees, but access will not be restricted while this takes place. 

Next year, we will begin harvesting approximately 4,000 infected larch trees from the forest. This is part of a nation-wide strategy to combat the disease which has affected approximately 6.7 million larch trees across Wales. 

Dead larch trees in the forest are a prominent reminder of the impact this disease is having on forests across Wales. 




We launch consultation on catch control byelaws for net and rod fisheries

Fisheries are worth an estimated £150m to the Welsh economy each year and supports around 1,500 jobs, therefore, it is important to protect them.

The continuing fall in the number of salmon and sea trout in Welsh rivers has meant stocks have reached unprecedented lows in recent years and now threatens the future of many fisheries. 

In order to tackle this decline, we are considering several actions which will help reverse the trend and ensure both iconic species continue to play a vital role in our environment and culture.




Changes to standard rule permits

We've changed some of our waste and installation standard rule permits. 

The changes came into effect on 1 August 2017.

The amended standard rule permits have been published on our website:

Apply for a new standard permit for waste operations

Standard rules permits for installations

If you currently hold one of these permits, and we haven’t been in touch with you, please contact your site compliance officer as soon as possible to discuss your options. 



Confiscation orders for waste company directors

As the battle against waste crime continues, our Enforcement Operations Manager, Ann Weedy, talks about one recent successful outcome.





Car park closure during felling work

We are temporarily closing a forest car park and trail while tree felling operations are carried out in Mid-Wales.

Some of the trees in Radnor Forest, near Llandrindod Wells, have become infected with a fungus-like disease called Phytophthora ramorum.

To slow the spread of the disease, we will be felling the infected trees in the area.

The Fishpools car park and trail in Radnor Forest will be temporarily closed while we carry out this work.




Thousands of fish rescued from canal

Over 15,000 fish have been rescued from a canal in Newport following a leak.

We teamed up with Newport City Council and local angling clubs to save the fish on Saturday 26 August at Fourteen Locks, a land-locked section of the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal.

A breach in this section of the canal caused water to leak out and drop to a critically low level, putting the lives of the fish in danger.

The mixed coarse fish, such as roach, carp, bream and rudd, were captured using nets and some being stunned using electric fishing techniques. They were then transported safely further up the canal in a large tank towed by our truck.



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