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Natur Cymru

Issue 06

The habitat survey of Wales

Wales may be unique in having an intensive field-by-field survey of the natural riches of all its countryside. The resulting maps are a goldmine of information, and are helping to locate the best places at which to conserve and restore habitats. TIM BLACKSTOCK and LIZ HOWE report.

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Creating a wildlife garden at Winllan

More and more people are discovering the pleasures of creating their own private nature reserves. One couple took up the challenge nearly thirty years ago, and now look after a wonderful haven for wildlife, IAN CALLAN recounts the inspiring story of a wildlife garden.

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Looking back – in order to look forward?

The Review of Wales’s National Parks

Will the Assembly Government’s review of National Parks be ambitiuos enough, sufficiently engaged with their communities, and discovering ways that are unique to Wales of balancing the interests of the people they serve? GERAINT GEORGE asks the questions.

This article is written in Welsh. A translation is available on request.

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Golden plover and 'plover-page'

The moors and blanket bogs of the Welsh uplands provide the special conditions which enable two scarce wading birds to breed. Numbers of golden plover and dunlin have been declining for many years, but all is not lost, as REG THORPE reports.

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Restoring Anglesey's wetlands

Anglesey is an island richly endowed with natural wetlands. Many of these have been drained in recent times in the quest for agricultural productivity, or have succumbed to other pressures. The tide is now turning, and work is underway to restore some of Anglesey's wetlands. ALASTAIR MORALEE tells the story so far.

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Pinch points – a new concept for heathland management

How do you manage the special wet heathlands of the Pembrokeshire so that the vegetation is not trampled to death, and yet also create the conditions required by a suite of rare mud-loving plants? While studying these plants, STEPHEN EVANS hit on a novel solution.

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The Lore of Plants: the sycamore

Llên y Llysiau – The Lore of Plants – is a project initiated by Cymdeithas Edward Llwyd to record all kinds of links between the people of Wales and plants. It aims to gather information about the species under a number of headings, including the origin of the name, literary references, place names, historical records, and the use of plants. Here DUNCAN BROWN discusses the origin of the Welsh name for the sycamore.

This article is written in Welsh. A translation is available on request.

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Red squirrels on Anglesey

A few years ago Anglesey's once thriving red squirrel population was down to a handful of individuals, and extinction looked certain. It has taken a great deal of hard work and determination to reverse this dire situation, as CRAIG SHUTTLEWORTH and MARTIN BAILEY explain.

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To everything there is a season

When FRED SLATER first began recording information about the wildlife at Llysdinam some thirty years ago, he had little idea what this would reveal about our changing seasons.

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