Wildlife on the Great Orme

Matthew Oates, National Specialist on Nature and Wildlife for the National Trust, shares his love for the Great Orme in North Wales and the wildlife that calls it home.

The Great Orme is a place of pilgrimage for British naturalists.  Try finding a botanist or a butterfly enthusiast who hasn’t been there, or at least one who doesn’t desperately want to visit.  It is also on the birders’ radar, for its increasing Chough population and because it is a place where rare migrants turn up.  Bat, beetle, lichen, moss, moth and marine wildlife enthusiasts also know and love the Great Orme, as do geologists, geographers and archaeologists. In effect, it is a wildlife paradise.

The Great Orme, 12/05/15. Photograph Richard Williams richardwilliamsimages@hotmail.com 07901518159

The Great Orme, Credit National Trust, Richard Williams

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National Trust to complete largest ever survey of its coastal wildlife

BioBlitz12, Copyright National Trust, credit Steven Haywood

The National Trust are carrying out 25 BioBlitzes of coastal wildlife this summer. Copyright National Trust, credit Steven Haywood

This summer, hundreds of wildlife lovers and nature experts will help the National Trust to carry out its largest ever survey of coastal wildlife as part of the conservation charity’s year-long celebrations of the coast.

24 places along the 775 miles of coastline looked after by the National Trust across England, Wales and Northern Ireland will host a BioBlitz, a race against the clock involving rangers, experts and members of the public to record as many different species as possible.

A 25th BioBlitz will also be held at Kinver Edge in Staffordshire. Although land locked, this beautiful sandstone escarpment was once formed of ancient sand dunes and the survey will help uncover how some coastal wildlife can live away from the sea.

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Head for the hills – are ewe the right person for this one-off shepherding opportunity?

The National Trust is looking for a second shepherd to support an innovative conservation project in the foothills of Snowdon in North Wales.

Herding the sheep on the mountains above Hafod Y Llan. Credit Joe Cornish

Herding the sheep on the mountains above Hafod Y Llan. Credit Joe Cornish

The conservation charity’s in-hand farm, Hafod-y-Llan, manages 1600 Welsh Mountain sheep and every day between May and September, some of the flock is shepherded to new grazing areas away from any sensitive mountain habitats such as upland heaths and flushes (wet, boggy areas), in a bid to improve plant diversity on areas of the mountain.

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Meadowland by John Lewis-Stempel wins Thwaites Wainwright Prize 2015

Farmer and writer John Lewis-Stempel has been awarded the Thwaites Wainwright Prize 2015 for Meadowland: the Private Life of an English Field – his lyrical account of a year in the life of a farmland meadow.

Thwaites Wainwright Prize winner

“A magnificent love letter to the natural world, full of wisdom and experience, written with wit, poetry and love. I want to scream from the rooftops: buy it, give it, read it” – Tim Smit, The Eden Project

Worth £5,000, the annual book prize is awarded by publishers Frances Lincoln, in association with the National Trust, to spotlight the best books in UK nature and travel writing.

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Marine Conservation Zones – Tranche 2

Lundy Island

The waters around Lundy Island became England’s first Marine Conservation Zone in 2010.

 

Here is the National Trust’s response to the Government’s consultation on designating 23 new Marine Conservation Zones off the English coast: MCZ 2nd tranche Consultation NT response

The Trust is calling for the designation of all 23 candidates MCZs.

If you would like to submit your own response to the consultation, you can do so using this handy template provided by the Marine Conservation Society:  http://www.mcsuk.org/mpa/consultation

But hurry, the consultation closes on Friday!

April Fool…

Hope you enjoyed our April Fool story about our new underwater mansion Seaward House off the coast of Blakeney Point in Norfolk.

Aerial view of Blakeney Point in Norfolk. Credit Ian Ward

Aerial view of Blakeney Point in Norfolk. Credit Ian Ward

This year is a significant year for the National Trust as it celebrates all things ‘coast’ – with the 50th anniversary of its Neptune fundraising campaign which has helped us with the acquisition and care of 775 miles of coastline in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

So, keep your eyes peeled over the next few months for the coastal stories we will be issuing as we celebrate all things coast with some great projects to include a detailed examination of our coastal habitats and the effects of climate change and the weather on our coastline with the tenth anniversary of our Shifting Shores project.