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Biodiversity directory

There are plenty of opportunities to get out and help to conserve Carmarthenshire’s wild places and special species. You’ll be helping wildlife but also getting fit and meeting like-minded people.

Here are some organisations that offer volunteering opportunities and some groups that work on specific species projects:

Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales
Practical habitat management as part of a weekday team (normally Fridays, occasionally Wednesdays) looking after the 12 nature reserves in Carmarthenshire. Voluntary warden positions for our Carmarthenshire nature reserves. Opportunities to get involved with our ‘local group’, organizing events such as walks and talks. Survey opportunities to gather data on the wildlife of our nature reserves
Lizzie Wilberforce: email: l.wilberforce@welshwildlife.org | Tel: 01656 724100

Wildfowl and Wetland Trust
A variety of volunteering opportunities exist at the centre.
Eleanor Keatley : email: eleanor.keatley@wwt.org.uk

Butterfly Conservation
Volunteering opportunities with Butterfly Conservation in Carmarthenshire typically include:

  • Habitat management, particularly of marshy grassland and blackthorn thickets - autumn and winter
  • Butterfly recording - spring and summer
  • Butterfly larva counting - late summer/autumn
  • Searching blackthorn for eggs of Brown Hairstreaks, including group farm surveys - autumn/winter
  • Moth trapping and recording - all year

All of these are supported by training for those new to each type of activity and hold the promise of fun, company, fresh air, exercise and a good laugh, as well as doing something really valuable and a bit different. The most "sociable" are probably our weekly group brown hairstreak egg survey visits to farms, usually from November through to March. There are however opportunities in the latter four areas for independent working, once guidance made available.
Richard Smith: email: rgsoverton@boltblue.com | Tel: 07977811404

Keep Wales Tidy

  • Habitat creation/management,
  • Clean-ups,
  • Litter picking,
  • Access creation/maintenance,
  • Creation of community green spaces,
  • Allotment schemes,
  • Education and awareness, training in practical management (both certified and informal),
  • Surveying,
  • Setting up community groups.

Dan Snaith: email: daniel.snaith@keepwalestidy.org |Tel: 07824 504805

National Trust
Assist in setting up computer-based conservation management system. Support wardens in management of Dinefwr park.
Michael Brown: email: Michael.Brown@nationaltrust.org.uk | Tel: 01558 825 909

National Botanic Garden of Wales
Volunteering Opportunities may be available in the following departments:-

  • Horticulture (all departments)
  • Nature Reserve/Farm Estate
  • Corporate (Catering & Retail)
  • Administration/Marketing/Events
  • Education – School visits/activities
  • Library
  • Buggy Driving
  • Tour Guides/Speakers
  • Reception
  • 2nd Hand Bookstore
  • Facilities – help with general maintenance of the grounds, painting etc. Please contact the Garden for further details.

Jane Down: email: jdown@gardenofwales.org.uk | Tel: 01558 667118

Millennium Coastal Park, Llanelli

  • Beach cleans
  • Dune conservation
  • Woodland work
  • Pond conservation
  • Monitoring
  • Bird boxes
  • Recycling
  • General maintenance

Simeon Jones: email: sldjones@sirgar.gov.uk | Tel: 01554 772 368

BTCV Woodland Training Centre Penybedd Wood, Pembrey
Work experience and training at the BTCV Woodland Centre at Pembrey to support management of 2,600 acres of Forestry Commission Land adjacent to the 7 mile Cefn Sidan Beach.

  • Habitat management
  • Butterfly ride management
  • Small construction work
  • General site maintenance
  • Woodland management training
  • Equipment use training
  • Pond conservation
  • Pole lathe and habitat box work
  • Species monitoring

Nick Thomas: email: n.thomas@btcv.org.uk | Tel: 01554 891885 / 07870 678573

Llyn Llech Owain Country Park
Volunteers can help with a range of activities - practical conservation work mostly:

  • Heathland restoration,
  • Rhos pasture and marsh fritillary restoration projects (seed collection, plant growing, ragwort removal etc.),
  • Conservation grazing project (including wild pony handling),
  • Red kite feeding,
  • Dormouse box project,
  • BTO nest box scheme,
  • Butterfly Conservation transects monitoring,
  • Bat box making,
  • Help with admin etc.

We try and accommodate most types of requests and are happy to work with volunteers and utilise their knowledge and skills on a range of projects suitable for the site.
Judith Weatherburn: email: JWeatherburn@carmarthenshire.gov.uk | Tel: 01269 832229

Mynydd Mawr Woodland Park, Tumble

  • Woodland management (thinning/clearing).
  • General park management.
  • Wildlife surveys - nesting birds, small mammals, flowering plants.

Dewi Wagstaff: email:dwagstaff@carmarthenshire.gov.uk

Carmarthenshire Bird Club
The Carmarthenshire Bird Club exists to promote the observation, study and recording of the wild birds and wild-bird populations of Carmarthenshire. The club also organises meetings for its members which include field trips and talks on wildlife topics. Club meetings are an excellent opportunity to meet other birders and to visit places of ornithological interest in enjoyable company. They have over 100 members.

Moths in Carmarthenshire
Informal group within the county - help and encouragement with identification!

Fungi in Carmarthenshire
Informal group within the county - help and encouragement with identification!

Carmarthenshire Bat Group
The Carmarthenshire Bat Group consists of a small network of volunteers, including wildlife conservation enthusiasts. Activities include bat usage checks, roost counts and bat walks, at various locations around Carmarthenshire. It is affiliated to the Bat Conservation Trust.

Carmarthenshire Dormouse Group
This is an informal group that meets to survey sites for new dormice records and undertakes regular monitoring of dormouse boxes at key sites. The group has a Face book page. 

Contact: jacqueline@hartleypreserve.co.uk for more information.

Butterfly Conservation
Brown Hairstreak Volunteers. The volunteer group meets regularly throughout the winter and occasionally during the summer to survey for the rare brown hairstreak butterfly. Carmarthenshire is an important county for this species and volunteers help Butterfly Conservation by helping out with egg searches and habitat management. 

Contact rgsoverton@tiscali.co.uk for more information.

Mammals in a Sustainable Environment
The project aims to raise awareness of mammal conservation in Ireland and Wales through providing training in field survey methods and involving volunteers in mammal survey and monitoring. There are opportunities in Carmarthenshire to help with surveys for red squirrels, dormice and harvest mice.

Llanelli Naturalists 
Formed in 1973 to promote and advance the study of the countryside, including all aspects of nature, to encourage and actively support the protection of wildlife and the preservation of natural beauty. It also exists to facilitate the exchange of information among members by, amongst other things, the organisation of field meetings, lectures, film shows, and exhibitions and to publish the results of the work of members. These events are an excellent opportunity to meet other naturalists of all abilities and to visit places of wildlife interest. There is also an informal educational element to all meetings which enables those with an interest in wildlife but with less experience, to learn from the knowledge of other members. 
Contact PryceEco@aol.com for more information.

The County Recorders are keen to receive records of any interesting species you may find. If you have any records you can send them direct to the various recorders whose details are listed below.

Regionally the West Wales Biodiversity Information Centre is one of four Local Records Centres which together hold and manage biodiversity data for the whole of Wales. Records can be sent to them directly.

Richard Pryce
School Road
Llanelli, SA15 4AL

Neil Matthew
E-mail: neil@placeinwales.clara.co.uk

Gary Harper
E-mail:  gary.harper3@btinternet.com

Currently vacant – please send records to the West Wales Biodiversity Information Centre 

Sam Bosanquet

Dave Bannister

Theresa Greenaway
E-mail: Theresagreenaway@btinternet.com

Philip Jones
E-mail: philipjones8fungi@googlemail.com

Page updated on: 03/05/2016

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