Local Wildlife Site Landowners Morning 18th February

All MMG members are invited to a morning of talks and informal wildlife discussion for Local Wildlife Site owners at Llanishen Village Hall, Sunday 18th February 2018, 9.30am – 13.00pm, organised by Gwent Wildlife Trust

If you would like to attend please let Andy Karran know as soon as possible – e-mail akarran@gwentwildlife.org or call 01600 740600

The programme

9.30-10.00am Arrival and tea/coffee

10.00am Welcome/Introduction: Andy Karran – Wildlife Sites Officer – GWT.  A brief talk about the current survey work updating Local Wildlife Site grassland surveys and our plans for the future. Also a look at today’s programme.

10.15am Otters: Jeff Chard – Local Otter Enthusiast.  Jeff will tell us about his time spent studying local Otters and particularly the experiences and encounters, some very close indeed, he has had with Otters on The Usk.

11:00am Orchard Conservation: Jayne Hunt – Heritage Project Manager – Welsh Perry & Cider Society.  Jayne will be telling us about the work she has been undertaking tracking down rare varieties of apple & pear and the DNA work to identify which is which, including many Welsh varieties.

11.20am Tea n’ Cake Break. Refreshments and an informal chance to pose your questions to our speakers and Wildlife Trust staff, and meet with other Local Wildlife Site owners, while enjoying a tea or coffee and some cake.

11:50am UK National Tree Seed Project: Andy Karran – Wildlife Sites Officer – GWT.  Andy talks about the work Gwent Wildlife Trust have been undertaking over the last 3 years collecting tree seeds as part of the UK National Tree Seed Project for storing in Kew’s Millennium Seedbank.

12.15pm Secret Life of Adders: Nigel Hand – Reptile Expert & Consultant – Central Ecology.  Nigel will tell us about his lifelong passion for Adders and his recent work which includes telemetry to track this beautiful, secretive and increasingly threatened species.

13.00pm(ish) Home time!