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“South Africa to Namibia” – a talk by Julian Cremona. Thursday 1st November 2018.

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Julian Cremona again delighted us with his stories and photographs, this time from his trip from South Africa to Namibia.He was struck by how the array of plants changed repeatedly with every hundred kilometres or so, travelling north. At times the road surfaces were not great and the campsites were far apart, but the reward was the variety  of colourful birds, and animals, such as the sociable meercats..

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To read more details of the journey click –> Namibia and SAfrica Oct 18

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Photographs courtesy of Julian Cremona.
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“The Landshipping Mining Disaster” by Dr Robert Davies. Thursday 4th Oct 2018

Dr Davies gave a talk about mining in the Landshipping area, and of the fateful Valentine’s day in 1844 when the ceiling of the Garden Pit, which extended beneath the Cleddau River, collapsed. Fifty eight workers were below ground at the time, and forty of them, including women and children, lost their lives.

For more information on the talk click –>Landshipping talk 4th Oct 18 pdf

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The memorial to the mining disaster at Landshipping

Learning More about Bumble Bees with Clare Flynn, at Colby NT. 13th August 2018

In a bonus meeting, arranged at short notice Clare Flynn, (Outreach Officer, Bee Wild West Wales for the Bumblebee Conservation Trust) gave an introductory talk about bees in general, and went on to concentrate on the 20+ varieties of Bumble Bee.

Bees have an important role in pollination, but numbers have been falling, associated with the trend to more intensive farming, since the second world war. Increasing use of insecticides further challenges bee survival.

It was fitting that Colby NT was the venue, as the walled garden was a good place for Clare to whisk bees into her net before transfer to a container for us to see and have identification explained, before their release. Also, Colby is following the example of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park in seeking Bee Friendly status, in recognition for it’s work in enhancing wildlife habitats.

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Evening walk through Lawrenny Woods, with NT Ranger Alex Shilling. 17th August 2018

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Walking through the oak wood at Lawrenny

On another fine evening we strolled north from Lawrenny Quay, through the oak woods, taking in the views of Benton Castle, across the river. Alex Shilling pointed out the rare Wild Service trees, in the under storey. The path came out on the beach that led to Garron Pill, with the road taking us back to Lawrenny village. From there we took to the fields again, to climb for the view of the estuary towards Carew.

For a more detailed report click–>LawrennyWalk 17 07 18

Our evening was rounded off by a pub supper at the Lawrenny Arms.

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Alex points out the Wild Service trees.

 

Tuesday 12th June 2018. Evening walk from Abermawr, with Mark Underhill, NT Manager for North Pembrokeshire.

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Mark Underhill explains “bigger-better-joined up” for the coastal wildlife zones, with the backdrop of Abermawr Beach.

On another fine summer evening, Mark led us north from Abermawr. At the far end of Aberbach beach we had the excitement of walking the plank, across the stream, to access the coastal path beyond, which gave views of nesting sites for various sea birds.

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Walking the plank at Aberbach Beach

The farmland of Treseissyllt is being let out to sheep farmers who are willing to conform to the strict organic principals that the National Trust require.

To read a more detailed account click –>Abermawr evening walk

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Ian and Nia came to meet us, and tell us about their sheep grazing at Treseissyllt. Mark Underhill, our guide for the evening is closest to the camera.

Our evening finished with supper at The Farmers Arms, at Mathry.

29th May 2018 Evening stroll, at Colby NT, led by Steve Whitehead.

Steve Whitehead, Head Gardeners and Manager for Colby, led us back to the fields around Little Craig Y Borion farmhouse to see the continued expansion of wildflower meadows.

The footpath network in the area is being expanded.

Full thickness hedgerows are encouraged, (see photo) to create good wildlife corridors.

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To read Jim Price’s detailed report click–>Colby Walk29th May 18 pdf                      

Steve showed us one of the bat detectors that has been bought from the PNTA recent donation. These detectors prove popular on the organised evening walks through the estate.

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