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The Welsh View | The blog of the Countryside Council for Wales
It’s a batty business!

It’s a batty business!

CCW used a model display along with sound recordings to illustrate a short talk about bats and how they use echo-location to catch prey. Children are always fascinated to learn that bats are mammals just like us, with the same basic skeletal structure and some amazing adaptations which, over many millions of years, have allowed them to fly...

Crafting a Coracle

Crafting a Coracle

…at the end of the day the elegant wooden coracle skeletons rested on our work tables like giant baskets. Amazingly I had escaped without any blackened finger nails from hammer blows…

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Remembering Mandy McMath…

Remembering Mandy McMath…

Our friend and colleague Dr. Amanda Jane McMath died on 30th August 2012 after a distinguished career in marine nature conservation. The Countryside Council for Wales has lost its Senior Marine Vertebrate Ecologist. The Welsh environment is without one of its champions of biodiversity…

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The Dyfi Diaries – July

The Dyfi Diaries – July

Our New Celebrity July started pretty much like June had. It was wet. The first few weeks saw many large groups of students sheltering from the rain under their clipboards, notes sopping, as they tried to record transect findings in the dunes, and Primary school children dressed in Wellington boots and raincoats splashing in the puddles […]

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Explore North Wales with Outdoor Wales onLine

Explore North Wales with Outdoor Wales onLine

Consider Llandudno for example. The countryside surrounding the town abounds with places to visit, where you can experience nature at its best – first hand.  Places such as Marl Hall Woods [near Llandudno Junction] offer an immediate woodland escape from the hustle and bustle. Take the kids [and the dog!] and get lost amongst the tree canopy and birdsong…

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Wales Coast Path – what’s it all about?

Wales Coast Path – what’s it all about?

Just because I work for an environmental organisation doesn’t necessarily mean I am automatically interested in these sorts of things, while I nevertheless enjoy learning about our stunning and varied country. But the Wales Coast Path has got me thinking – what does it actually mean to me?

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Anglesey Fens Spring to Life

Anglesey Fens Spring to Life

We picked our steps around a precious clump of beautiful Fly Orchids which occur on only two nature reserves in Wales. Nearby, a single white spike of the Butterfly Orchid proudly stood alone. But it was too cold and damp to expect the adders to make an appearance, which was fine with some of the participants who had an aversion to snakes…

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